global citizen announced another all-star concert aimed at helping to make a real impact on world poverty and climate change, this concert will be broadcast live from the Champ de Mars in Paris on 22 June and billie eilish, Jon Batiste, Lenny Kravitz and HER with additional exclusive skins from Ben Harper, Finneas and Mosimann.
Produced by Live Nation, the “Power Our Planet: Live in Paris” event will be held in front of a ticketed audience and streamed from in front of the Eiffel Tower on Amazon’s Global Citizen channel on Twitch and with further stream or streaming partners. . will be announced in the coming weeks.
The location was not chosen solely for its inherent value. The New Financial Deal Summit is held in Paris from June 22-23, and Global Citizen’s expressed hopes are that the concert will help push World Bank President Ajay Banga, US government’s Janet Yellen, and all G20 Nations to take action. Loosening funds for underdeveloped countries to cope with climate change.
In fact, some leaders who came together for the summit could earn a special spot on the guest list if they could do more than just prove their Billie Eilish fandom. Global Citizen CEO and co-founder “Literally the moment that concert takes place, world leaders meet that evening” Hugh Evans tells Variation. “Some leaders can come to us if they’re taking action on issues we know they need to take action on.”
Global Citizen is not only shouting at these world leaders from across a cliff as a protest; The organization maintains close relations with some of the heads of state who attended the summit. French President Emmanuel Macron supported the “Power Our Planet: Live in Paris” campaign and is co-chaired by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley.
While most of the attendees are veterans of Global Citizen’s concerts, Kravitz is coming for a first time. “This excites me because I’ve wanted to work with him for a very long time. His manager, Craig (Fruin), said Lenny is very passionate about climate change and wants to play a bigger role in this campaign.”
The issues involved in this campaign may seem enigmatic to the average music fan to follow, but Evans says the artists involved may be closer to politics than we expect. “When you sit down with an artist or manager, you’d be surprised how many people like to deal with the details of reform.” The head of Global Citizen notes that some, such as Eilish, are recognized locally for their commitment to these issues. “If you’re like Billie’s mom, Maggie, it’s clear she’s focusing on climate change and plant-based foods to support the homeless in the Bay Area—for this issue.”
que has Relevant global political issues and what does Global Citizen hope to achieve in the short term, on or before the fourth weekend of June, in the long term? Sit down: Evans can arrange everything for readers with the same detail as for Kravitz or Batiste.
“About a year ago, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley related to Barbados held a leaders’ meeting in Bridgetown, Barbados to discuss the need to change the way the financial system works and address the climate crisis,” explains Evans. “It became known as the Bridgetown agenda. He brought in leaders from the United Nations, other heads of state, heads of the IMF, a number of economists, the Rockefeller president, and the Global Citizen. And the whole point of this meeting was to say that the World Bank, for example, has been lending at an equity-to-loan ratio of 22% for years, while it has been lending at 19% by equity. That basically means that there are over $25-40 billion that hasn’t slowed down to help the world’s poorest nations adapt to the devastating effects of climate change and the transition to clean energy. Therefore, it is truly irresponsible that the global financial system does not work to achieve its goals.
“And some of that was intentional,” he continues. “You know, when Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and appointed David Malpass as World Bank president, he made a very deliberate decision. In fact, some Trump colleagues have told me directly that they view David Malpass as a blank suit. So it was actually a very deliberate strategy that the World Bank wasn’t influencing its results.
“And Mia Mottley got this group together and then called French President Macron and said, ‘We need to get the G20 leaders together to reform the way the World Bank works, and also to make sure that this year’s climate change talks don’t work’ again. don’t fail.’ Last year, the Egyptian climate negotiations failed completely. You don’t have any significant policy results. And then they announced what’s called the loss and damage fund, which has so far had $0 in it. So it’s incredibly ineffective as a tool to achieve the stated outcome. And the world Climate negotiations can’t afford another year of failure. – about $11 billion of that – is attributed to the United States for Congress’ failure to pass President Biden’s Climate Act.
“But ultimately, the White House and the Treasury have tools to pull off right now, because they’re the largest shareholders of the World Bank, so they don’t have to wait for Congress to decide. They can do it right now. That’s why this meeting is so important, because our There’s a few things for me. There’s Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen who’s signaling climate change as a priority. You’ve seen Biden talk a lot about it. But there’s also a new World Bank president in Ajay Banga, who will take office on June 2. So the World Bank He will have three weeks on the job to make some urgent reforms in .And the Treasury said they will not invest any more in the World Bank until they make those reforms.
“So this is that key moment when the world has the opportunity to change forever and the United States actually has the power to address the issues that it already has the power to address, and frankly, it’s committed to addressing under the Climate Change Treaty. We are not asking them to do more than they have already promised to do. We just want them to keep their promises.”
Things get even more complicated with credit ratings impacting the link between poverty and climate change, which is the focus of Global Citizen. “The lender is the World Bank, isn’t it? However, the MFI sets the rules of engagement. and then you have the credit rating agencies that basically decide how much risk they can take before they lose the World Bank’s AAA rating. And so, in this example, we need the World Bank to move from the position of laziness that it has had for the past five years to that of increasing loans. But we also need rating agencies to support the World Bank’s AAA credit rating, already backed by the world’s governments, the USA being the largest country and the largest shareholder and the G20 countries.
“Well,” Evans asks rhetorically, “how are we going to do this through a concert? President Macron and Mia Mottley were really sincere when they asked Global Citizen to be a part of it. They said there’s a conference every day of the week. There are summits every day of the week. “People don’t know 90% of it. They can see a photo of the G8 meeting and that may look good, but these summits always come and go. The only way we can make this summit worthwhile in this critical year for climate change is to get the whole world to focus its attention on it. That’s it. That’s it. That’s it. People don’t know about 90% of it. They can see a photo of the G8 meeting and that may look good. That’s all.” That’s why we’re excited that Billie Eilish, Lenny Kravitz, HER, Jon Batiste, Ben Harper, and so many incredible artists are volunteering their time to be a part of this because we need the US people to take care of it – so the US Treasury is engaged with it so we can be at the World Bank. they are actually reforming.”
The Paris concert won’t be the end of Global Citizen’s high-profile consciousness-raisers in 2023. Their annual concert on the Great Lawn will be announced soon. “We have an incredible cast for Central Park this year,” Evans says, “including several artists I’ve wanted to work with over the last 10 years. It’s not about an (event). This campaign is complex. In the details of geopolitical understanding, things like the equity-to-credit ratio are difficult to understand. World Bank reform is hard to understand. The core of what unites everyone is the fact that we need to address climate change, and we are currently emphasizing which levers will best affect it. This will take all year until the COP meeting that the UAE will host at the end of the year. So I see this not as a one-off, but as a year-long campaign with significant milestones.”