Celebrities weigh in on COVID crisis 

24 February 2021

Aussie actor Hugh Jackman has joined pop stars Billie Eilish, Miley Cyrus and Usher in a global campaign to end COVID and kickstart a global recovery.

The celebrities are part of international advocacy group Global Citizen’s “Recovery Plan for the World’’ campaign, acting as ambassadors for a year-long range of events aimed at promoting vaccination, ending the hunger crisis, boosting global education, protecting the planet and advancing equity for all – goals which closely mirror the ANMF’s beliefs.

In launching the campaign yesterday, Jackman said Global Citizen was an organisation that was “galvanising millions and millions of people and bringing their voices together”.

“I truly believe in the power of people to come together to take action and really, really move the needle,’’ he said.

“That’s what I love about Global Citizen, it has now become the largest movement of action takers in the world.

“What matters is that we come together because the problems we are facing, particularly now, are never going to be solved by one country – or even a bunch of countries – we need to come together, every single person.

“COVID has wreaked immense, immense damage – social, economic, environmental – and the progress towards the global goals have been stalled. In some cases with extreme poverty they’ve actually been reversed.

“But together we can do a lot. So please, please join us – we need to curb the hunger crisis, we need to protect the planet, we need to get kids back in school, there’s so much we need to do. It doesn’t take a lot of time, it doesn’t take money. Just join us, call on governments, take action, write letters, volunteer … whatever you can do in wherever you are is meaningful and helpful.’’

The online launch was led by the World Health Organization’s Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and also featured appearances by Eilish and former US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Upcoming Global Citizen events include:

  • A May Broadcast Special featuring top artists, world leaders, and more calling for equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and to build trust in the vaccine.
  • A multi-hour global event on September 25 featuring a blockbuster line-up of artists, with performances from all over the world, including Lagos, New York, Paris, Seoul and Sydney.
  • Global Citizen at the G20 Summit, a global moment jointly hosted by the Italian G20 Presidency and the European Commission. Global Citizen at the G20 Summit will engage world leaders, organisations and advocates in a discussion about progress made towards the Recovery Plan for the World with an emphasis on climate change ahead of COP26. The Summit will occur in Rome on October 30 and 31, 2021.

Check out the people power movement here: https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/