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metallica, Mariah Carey, Jonas Brothers, Charlie Puthamuneskin, Mickey Guyton and Rosalía perform at Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park on September 24, 2022 – Hosted by Global Citizen Ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas

NEW YORK, Aug 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Education Cannot Wait (ECW) – the United Nations’ global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises – is proud to support and participate in the 2022 Global Citizen Festival.

Participants at the UN General Assembly will call on world leaders to act and invest $600 million in the future of women and girls, close the $10 billion annual climate finance gap, deliver $500 million to help African farmers respond to the global food crisis, and provide relief from crushing debt to: End extreme poverty now.

“Decades of systemic and political failures have put humanity in the midst of converging and rapidly deteriorating crises – climate, hunger, health, war and conflict. Millions of lives and the future of our planet are at stake. We simply refuse to stand by and watch!” said Hugh EvansCo-founder and CEO, World Citizen.

In the past two years, more than 47 million women and girls have been forced back into extreme poverty, and the pandemic has forced millions of girls out of the classroom and unpaid care work. Donors can change this by pledging $600 million in financial support to Education Cannot Wait and other partners to support new policies related to access to education and other related issues.

“The number of crisis-affected school-age children in urgent need of education has risen from an estimated 75 million in 2016 to 222 million today. This is unacceptable. With global citizens and through ECW’s #222MillionDreams campaign, we are calling on donors: the private sector , philanthropic foundations and high net worth individuals to urgently mobilize more resources to further scale ECW and our strategic partners are working to deliver quality education to crisis-stricken girls and boys around the world,” said Yasmine SherifDirector, Education Can’t wait.

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Performers on stage at Central Park in New York includes Metallica, Charlie Puth, Jonas Brothers, MaNeskin and Mariah Carey. To commemorate the 65th anniversary of Ghana’s independence and the 20th anniversary of the African Union, Accra’s iconic Black Star Square will see live performances by Usher, SZA, Stormzy, Gyakie, HER, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy and TEMS, as well as announced more.

Tickets to the festivals are free and can be earned by downloading the Global Citizen app or by going to to take action on the campaign’s issues.

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About Education can’t wait (ECW):
Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the United Nations’ global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises. We support quality education outcomes for crisis-affected girls and boys, refugees and internally displaced persons so that no one is left behind.

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