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News | 26 June 2020

Coronavirus Global Response: tune in tomorrow to summit and concert

Global Goal: Unite for our Future

The global pledging summit and concert organised by the Commission and Global Citizen are only one day away. They will bring the world together and mobilise additional funding to develop and universally deploy coronavirus vaccines, tests and treatments.

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said: “We will only end this pandemic when it has been ended everywhere. For that, we need to invest in producing vaccines at unprecedented speed and scale. And we need to make this vaccine affordable. A task of this size can only happen if the world unites. This is why we are teaming up with Global Citizen and with artists. I trust their power to bring people together, mobilise their energy and trigger change. So tune in tomorrow! And together, let’s build a corona-free future for all.”

The concert will feature performances from Chloe x Halle, Christine and the Queens, Coldplay, For Love Choir, J Balvin, Jennifer Hudson, J’Nai Bridges with Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic & YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles), Justin Bieber and Quavo, Lin-Manuel Miranda and select members of the Original Broadway Production of HAMILTON with Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Miley Cyrus, Shakira, Usher and Yemi Alade.

Leading up to the concert, the summit, which you can watch on the Coronavirus Global Response website, will feature interventions by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, President of France Emmanuel Macron, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson.

Global leaders, artists and advocates, including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Miley Cyrus, Angelique Kidjo and Ken Jeong will join the conversation. Experts and thought-leaders including Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Melinda Gates, Dr. Vin Gupta, NAACP President Derrick Johnson, Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Eddie Ndopu, Kate Upton and Justin Verlander, will also participate in the summit.

You can check where to watch the concert in your country here and listen to the Spotify playlist. It will also be live-streamed on the Coronavirus Global Response website and on global platforms including Apple Music & the Apple TV app, Beats 1, Brut, Deezer, Insight TV, NBC News Now, The Roku Channel, TIDAL, Twitch, Twitter, Vodafone and Vodafone TV, Vogue Paris, Yahoo! and YouTube.

BACKGROUND

The Global Goal: Unite for our Future campaign was launched on 28 May under the patronage of President Ursula von der Leyen. The campaign, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, focuses on addressing the pandemic's impact on the most vulnerable communities, ensuring equitable access to affordable coronavirus technologies and strengthening health systems everywhere.

Pledges announced on 27 June will support the following organisations:

The Global Goal: Unite for our Future campaign is supported by Foundation Partners Bloomberg Philanthropies, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, and Corporate Partners Citi, Procter & Gamble, SAP, Verizon and Vodafone.

The campaign is a milestone under the Coronavirus Global Response, the global action for universal access to affordable coronavirus vaccination, treatment and testing. It is the Commission's response to the global call for action launched by the World Health Organization with governments and partners on 24 April 2020, for access to coronavirus vaccines everywhere, for everyone who needs them.