The Global Citizen Festival, which was proudly presented by the Motsepe Foundation, was the talk of the weekend for many reasons.
Global Citizen announced that because of the 58 major commitments, Global Citizens led world leaders to pledge R163 trillion to ending extreme poverty.
These commitments will lead to 137 368 628 lives being positively changed and impacted.
The aim is to contribute towards the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and ending extreme poverty around the world by 2030 and the Festival – through world and business leaders, private individuals and non-profit organisations – has gone a long way to seeing that goal being realised.
“In the months leading up to the Global Citizen Festival, Global Citizens took over 5.65 million actions leading to 58 commitments and announcements worth 163 trillion ZAR ($7.2 billion USD), which are set to affect the lives of 137.4 million people. Global Citizens will continue to use these commitments to hold governments and businesses accountable to deliver on their promises in the years to come,” says Thato Noinyane Partnerships manager for Global Citizen.
He said Global Citizen surpassed its goal for commitments of $1 billion USD by seven times, “with commitments from the World Bank, Vodacom, PEPFAR, Cisco, the government of South Africa and not to mention co-hosts of Mandela 100, the Motsepe Foundation. These donations alone added $5.4 billion USD on top of projected new commitments,” Noinyane says.
The Motsepe Foundation donated R1 billion, while the Motsepe’s themselves donated R3.5 billion towards providing education and equal access to opportunities, as well as helping eradicate gender inequality. The United States, through the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), pledged over R16 billion over the next two years to help provide life-saving HIV/AIDS treatment to South Africans. There were also pledges from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, Trevor Noah and Nedbank to name a few.
The second reason the Festival was legendary was the collaboration between local and international artists on the stage. From Cassper Nyovest and Chris Martin, to Beyonce and the Soweto Gospel Choir, the stage was lit!
Because of the Festival’s global status, celebrities held nothing back when it came to their red carpet style.
Take a look at who wore what at the year’s most noteworthy event: