Global Citizen Live, a 24-hour show with performances from Elton, Stevie Wonder, Billie Eilish, OneRepublic, and many others, raised over $1.1 billion in commitments and pledges to poverty.
Broadcasting from sites on six continents, Global Citizen also secured pledges from France for 60 million Covid-19 vaccine doses for developing countries and corporate pledges for planting 157 million trees around the world. Vaccine pledges came from the governments of Croatia and Ireland as well.
The U.S. government pledged $295 million for humanitarian needs around the world caused by the pandemic. Major philanthropic commitments came from the Lego Foundation, which vowed to support UNICEF and other partners working with children (with $150 million), and Rotary International, which promised $98 million in grant funding in 2022.
Unlike most events of this nature, organisers were not aiming to raise cash, but to use participation as evidence for world leaders that people support bold action on the issues.