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Free NYC Concert Aims to Push U.N. on Poverty

July 11, 2013

A US-based charity is planning to hold a free concert in New York City in September to push global leaders attending the annual United Nations General Assembly to address the issue of poverty.

"We must push our leaders to step up and commit to action," the head of Global Citizen, Hugh Evans, told The New York Times. "This is not just a concert. We are building a movement."

Global Citizen intentionally scheduled its second-annual Global Citizen Festival concert to take place during the UN's General Assembly meeting to be held September 24 through October 4 at the UN headquarters.

The concert will be on September 28 and is intended to put pressure on developed countries to devote a tenth of their foreign aid budgets to education. Supporters hope to increase involvement in an ongoing campaign to end extreme poverty by 2030.

US musicians Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Stevie Wonder and rock band Kings of Leon are scheduled to perform at the concert in Central Park.

In order to get one of the 54,000 free tickets, people must register on Global Citizen's website and earn points by signing petitions and writing letters to elected officials.

"We are setting the threshold of engagement slightly higher," Evans said. "Our hope and our desire is that citizens will get deeply involved with our major policy issues."

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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