Demand for solutions to global issues in Global Citizen Now Summit

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — The figures discussed at the inaugural Global Citizen Now conference were bleak.

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed 100 million people back into a life of extreme poverty. The war in Ukraine could cause food insecurity for 243 million people between now and November. In Afghanistan, 24 million people depend on charitable donations for food.

Yet Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans says he feels optimistic: The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic shows that the world can unite to fight the crisis when needed.

Evans and dozens of speakers from the worlds of business, politics, culture and philanthropy gathered in New York for a two-day summit, which ended Monday, with hopes that will help stop climate change, food insecurity and extreme poverty. The same joint effort can be applied. ,

“During the pandemic, the world was able to raise $17 trillion in economic stimulus, mainly for difficult sectors of the economy, which I think was the right thing to do,” Evans told the Associated Press. “Why don’t we respond to climate change with the same degree of urgency? Because we just don’t internalize this idea of ​​(help). We feel ‘acceptable harm.'”

The Global Citizen Now Summit was organized to bring leaders together to transform “acceptable harm” into “action now”.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told “Friday Night Lights” actress Connie Britton about the importance of getting people to work together. “They know where there can be common ground,” she said of Global Citizen. “It’s a place where we laugh together, cry together, inspire together, dance together – you can never dance too much, I always say – and forget our differences.” Go.”

Feminist activist Gloria Steinem said she is concerned about the suffering that is going on in the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade’s decision may be reversed, but she is hopeful because she knows the situation will not be as bad as when abortion was illegal across the country. “Obedience cannot be protected from unjust laws because people do not obey them,” she said.

Republican Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana said a bipartisan consensus on climate change can be built by creating a policy that meets national security, energy and economic priorities. “You make a bipartisan settlement by building an understanding where everyone understands the relationship of the most important thing,” he said.

Several panelists discussed the global civic idea of ​​bottom-up change, mobilizing millions of their followers to persuade their political and business leaders to change their minds.

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario describes how her series about maternal mortality in Sierra Leone led Merck to donate $500 million to establish the Merck for Mothers initiative to reduce the risk of childbirth persuaded.

Nation World News political commentator Van Jones said the “genius of Global Citizen” is bringing together optimistic, hardworking people to discuss victories and the challenges of the future.

“I think the world is running on a lack of hope,” Jones told the Associated Press. “I live in a world of bad news and it’s like a supernova of good news.”


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