Mumbai: Global Citizen India announced that Coldplay, JAY Z, Aamir Khan, Arjun Kapoor, A.R. Rahman, Arijit Singh, Amitabh Bachchan, Dia Mirza, Farhan Akhtar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Katrina Kaif, Monali Thakur, Ranveer Singh, Shankar Ehsaan Loy and Shraddha Kapoor will now be joined on November 19 by Ayushmann Khurrana, Malaika Arora Khan, Parineeti Chopra, Sachin Tendulkar, Sakshi Malik, Sonakshi Sinha, Shah Rukh Khan and Vijender Singh.
In its first year, the Global Citizen India movement is focusing on three major issues integral to eradicating extreme poverty: Quality Education, Gender Equality and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. The current Action Journey focuses on Gender Equality issues in India, setting out to redress the balance and ensure that women and men have equal opportunities.
Over 900,000 actions taken to create meaningful impact in three key areas: Quality Education, Gender Equality and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.
Sachin Tendulkar, Global Citizen India ambassador said, “As a country India is united with the world in fighting open defecation and improper sanitation. Our efforts in sanitation play an important role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and also ensuring basic human dignity. I am pleased to lend my support to Global Citizen India in their efforts towards the sustainable development goals of water, sanitation and hygiene.”
Parineeti Chopra, one of the new artists to have joined the movement continued, “In today’s day and age, it is extremely necessary for every individual to work towards the sustainable development goals. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Global Citizen India initiative as it educates people about crucial global issues – gender equality, water, sanitation and hygiene, quality education being just a few of them. Through the Global Citizen platform, each one of us can play a part in this journey by doing our bit, by taking actions for a positive change; to make this world an even better place to live.”
Global Citizen Festival India is being presented by Colors Viacom18 and powered by UPL. It is being hosted in Mumbai in association with the government of Maharashtra and United Nations and the event is produced by Wizcraft International Entertainment. The inaugural Global Citizen Festival India, to be held at the MMRDA grounds in Mumbai, will be Global Citizen India’s first initiative. Now with over 18,000 FREE tickets already given away for Global Citizen Festival, the excitement is building.
Vijender Singh, one of India’s finest sportsmen said, “In a world full of competition, we as sports people need to constantly focus primarily on our training. But I believe it is also necessary for us to make time for the greater good of the world. Global Citizen India is such a huge platform through which I along with so many dignitaries can play an integral part in taking a step towards positive social change. It is important to take this step together for all of us in India and the world to work towards the Sustainable Development Goals and transform our world by 2030 – it is of utmost priority for every individual to be living in a safe and clean environment, have quality education and all genders need to be rising equally.”
Bhavya Bishnoi, Global Citizen India spokesperson mentioned, “As Indians, we face several challenges that branch from cultural, religious and social stereotypes, thereby presenting a hurdle to our nation’s development and hindering the eradication of extreme poverty. With the Global Citizen India movement, we seek to take collective action toward addressing these challenges and improving the state of the world. We believe that the aim of poverty alleviation by 2030 is within reach provided every individual across the globe takes responsibility and steps up to the plate.”
Eighty percent of the tickets to the November 19th festival will be given out to Global Citizens who earn them by taking action. For more information about the artists, schedules, and event, please visit www.globalcitizen.in and follow @glblctznIN on Twitter and Facebook, and on Instagram using #GlobalCitizenIndia.