Economist Jeffrey Sachs, filmmaker Kewku Mandela and activists Hugh Evans and Simon Moss are among those who will speak the first ever Global Citizen Festival - The Action Summit to be held on Friday, September 26 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, sponsored by the Tisch Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. The Summit is co-sponsored by The Global Poverty Project, an international education and advocacy organization working to end extreme poverty by 2030.

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Economist Jeffrey Sachs, filmmaker Kewku Mandela and activists Hugh Evans and Simon Moss are among those who will speak the first ever Global Citizen Festival - The Action Summit to be held on Friday, September 26 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, sponsored by the Tisch Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. The Summit is co-sponsored by The Global Poverty Project, an international education and advocacy organization working to end extreme poverty by 2030.

The goal of the Action Summit is to engage NYU students and the larger New York community in the Global Citizen movement and take actions to end extreme poverty. Key action areas are focused on three core policy issues, which are thru lines in the cycle of extreme poverty: vaccines, global education, and sanitation. In addition to keynote addresses and breakout sessions, the Summit will feature activities within Washington Square Park to engage NYU students, Summit attendees and the general public in creative, captivating outreach exercises around the core policy themes.

The Global Poverty Project was founded in 2008 by Hugh Evans and Simon Moss with the mission to end extreme poverty 2030. One of its largest campaigns is the annual Global Citizen Festival, a free-ticketed concert to take place on Saturday, September 27 on the Great Lawn of Central Park. This year’s Festival, which is timed to the United Nations General Assembly, will be headlined by JAYZ, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun., The Roots and Tiësto.

“Music and social activism have always been intertwined, in no small part because of music’s ability to unite individuals and promote understanding; this is why the Global Poverty Festival has been such a tremendous artistic and philanthropic success,” said Jeffrey Rabhan, Chair of Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. “Our recorded music students share this commitment to using their talents to advance social justice, and the goal of this summit is to give them the opportunity to educate themselves about the immense problem of global poverty and learn how they can make a difference.”

The list of speakers confirmed to participate in the event include:

Hugh Evans, Co-Founder and CEO, The Global Poverty Project
Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalists and Best-Selling Authors, Half the Sky
Jan Eliasson, United Nations Deputy Secretary General
Jeff Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
Tamzin Merchant, Actress
Nicole Bates, Deputy Director, Global Policy and Advocacy, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Jaehyang So, Director, Trust Funds and Partnerships, The World Bank
Kweku Mandela, Filmmaker and Grandson of Nelson Mandela
Sarina Prabasi, CEO, WaterAid America
Chris Williams, Executive Director, Water and Sanitation Collaboration Council
Jacob Lief, CEO and Founder, Ubuntu Fund for Education
Miguel Veiga-Pestana, VP Global External Affairs and Media Relations, Unilever
Simon Moss, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Programs, The Global Poverty Project
Raya, Sesame Street
Katrin Macmillan, Founder and CEO, Projects for All
Stephen Sobhani, VP International, Sesame Workshop
Junaid Ahmad, Head, Global Water Practice, World Bank
Geoff Adlide, Director, Advocacy and Public Policy, GAVI Alliance
David Ray, Vice President for Advocacy, CARE USA
Laura Osnes Johnson, Broadway Actress
Fatima Riaz, polio eradication worker, Pakistan
Nargis Shirazi, Founder, WO-MAN Foundation, Uganda

In addition to programming and workshops, Summit participants can earn the opportunity to attend the Global Citizen Festival through engaging in consciousness-raising activities.

The Summit is open to NYU students, faculty/staff, and alumni; visit here to register for tickets.

About the NYU Tisch Clive Davis Institute
The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music provides professional business and artistic training toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree for students who aspire to succeed as creative entrepreneurs in the music industry. The program bears the name of its chief patron and advisor, Clive Davis.

About The Global Poverty Project:
The Global Poverty Project is an international education and advocacy organization working to catalyze the movement to end extreme poverty by 2030. An Australian-grown project, The Global Poverty Project creates campaigns with the purpose of increasing the number and effectiveness of people taking action to end extreme poverty. Through The Global Poverty Project’s End of Polio campaign, over $750 million in new commitments have been contributed towards polio eradication, and the Live Below the Line campaign has included nearly 50,000 participants and raised more than $10 million for 70 charity partners across the globe. For more information, visit globalcitizen.org.

About Global Citizen:
Launched successfully with the Global Citizen Festival on September 29, 2012, in New York City’s Central Park, Global Citizen is an innovative online platform and mobile application that tracks and rewards activist action through a point-scoring system. Accumulated points are used as a currency to bid on live entertainment experiences like tickets to great concerts and a host of other entertainment events. Join the conversation: "Like" Global Citizen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @GLBLCTZN.

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