Beyoncé and Michelle Obama Share a Hug

27 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Beyonce and Ed Sheeran did a Drunk In Love duet and it was perfection.

Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Pearl Jam were among the acts that performed at the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park on Saturday night.The pair also performed other duets on the night – Bey joined Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder to cover Bob Marley & the Wailer’s Redemption Song while Ed brought out Chris Martin to team up for Thinking Out Loud.

Some of the biggest names in music and politics from Beyonce to European prime ministers rallied Saturday in a concert aimed at mobilizing action to eradicate extreme poverty. The festival aims to raise awareness about issues such as inequality, climate change and poverty and was timed to coincide with the announcement of the United Nations’ new Global Goals which seek to put an end to these problems by 2030.

Leonardo DiCaprio also made an appearance telling the crowd: ‘The cause of our environment and the fight for the world’s poor are inherently linked. Among the speakers at the event were U2’s Bono, actors including Leonardo DiCaprio, Katie Holmes, Hugh Jackman and Salma Hayek, comedian Stephen Colbert, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, US first lady Michelle Obama and vice president Joe Biden, and Swedish prime minister Stefan Lfven.

Beyonce, playing just her second concert this year, was the top attraction for many fans who obtained tickets not by paying but by committing to activism ranging from writing letters to volunteering. Other performers included rock veterans Pearl Jam and Coldplay, fresh English pop sensation Ed Sheeran, socially conscious rapper Common and — in an effort to raise the profile of the festival in India — leading Bollywood singer Sunidhi Chauhan. On Friday, the UN endorsed a goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030 — in part by focusing on opportunities for girls, an investment with sweeping consequences for families’ futures. It says it works with other NGOs, business leaders, world leaders and global citizens in its efforts “to build the largest movement of people taking actions and calling on governments to support policies that would significantly impact the world’s poor”.

Despite wide official endorsements of the so-called Sustainable Development Goals, the UN estimates that achieving them would cost the world up to $5 trillion each year — a huge commitment. The prime ministers of Luxembourg, Malta, Norway and Sweden came to the festival to offer support, with US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron appearing by video. Presidents, prime ministers and diplomats from the UN’s 193 members stood and applauded loudly after General Assembly president Mogens Lykketoft announced the approval of the development roadmap. Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway, one of the world’s top donors, said that the festival should serve as a catalyst for a “massive increase in educational funding.” Pearl Jam brought back to stage Beyonce for Bob Marley’s inspirational “Redemption Song,” which segued to a video of late anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela urging a fight against poverty.

Beyonce put on a crowd-rousing show of dance pop with an emphasis on her feminist themes but performed an unlikely acoustic duet with Sheeran of “Drunk in Love,” which she usually sings with husband Jay Z. Pop starlet Ariana Grande joined Coldplay, while Common’s hard-charging hip-hop set merged into “Every Breath You Take” as a bearded Sting suddenly appeared.

Taking the microphone in between pop stars, the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai dramatized the plight of girls who want to go to school. Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio urged the world also to reach a deal on climate change, warning that rising temperatures and disasters risked making poverty all the more daunting. “But more than one billion people, most of them in Asia, currently live in low-lying coastal regions.

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