Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on stage with UN Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder

Extreme poverty is unfair, unnecessary, and unjust. The world’s poor are working hard to lift themselves out of poverty and they’re having great success at it. But all too often it’s the actions and assumptions of some that trap others in systems that keep them poor.

This week UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that he will once again join “global citizens” in Central Park later this month raising their voices to tell a story that doesn’t get told nearly enough: that contrary to popular belief, over the past 20 years, the number of people living in extreme poverty has halved and we can see its end in our lifetime.

The Global Citizen Festival on 27 September seeks to unite people who share our vision. It’s a platform to leverage new commitments for the world’s poor and it’s a moment to unite the American public on their role in the fight. This year, attendees have taken thousands of actions to secure commitments that will affect the lives of 50 million people.

Take a look a footage from last year’s concert UN Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder introduced the Secretary-General on stage:

For the first time ever, the Festival will air live on television with MSNBC carrying the full concert on cable and In addition, NBC News will produce a one-hour primetime special of the event to air in the United States on NBC at 9 p.m. on September 27.

Related information

  • What’s expected at the UN next week? Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gives a preview on LinkedIn
  • More photos from the 2013 Global Citizen Festival