Mumbai: On Saturday 19 November, the Global Citizen Festival India took place for the first time at the MMRDA Grounds, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai. World and business leaders, non-profit organizations, socially conscious artists, and thousands of Global Citizens united to kick-start India’s progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Global Citizen Festival India is a celebration of what India is already doing, but it is also a powerful force to mobilize Indian youth and facilitate mass behavioral change as well as a call to action for our leaders to do more to achieve sustainable and more inclusive growth.
In just two months since the launch of the Global Citizen India movement, more than 5 lakh young Global Citizens in India took more than 20 lakh actions calling on political, faith and business leaders, along with celebrities, to be more accountable in their efforts to improve education, gender equality and water, sanitation and hygiene in India.
The Global Citizen Festival India featured the first-ever programmed performances by Coldplay, Jay Z, and Demi Lovato in India. They were joined by celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Shankar Ehsaan Loy and A R Rahman, who performed in support of the #ShuruaatHoonMain message to the close to 70,000 Global Citizens in attendance. Other performances included: Alia Bhatt; Katrina Kaif; Varun Dhawan; Ranveer Singh; Arijit Singh; Farhan Akhtar; Shraddha Kapoor; Sonakshi Sinha; and Amruta Khanvilkar. Hosts included Arjun Kapoor, Ayushmann Khurana, Parineeti Chopra, Ritesh Deshmukh, Malaika Arora Khan, and Shah Rukh Khan.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed the Global Citizens via video link and congratulated everyone for their unparalleled energy and idealism and said he believed that a Swachh Bharat could be built within one generation.
Sachin Tendulkar spoke to Global Citizens to remind them of the responsibility each of them holds as champions of water, sanitation and hygiene issues: “I’m delighted to be here as a Global Citizen. And you are all here as ambassadors to pass on my message. Tell people to remember two simple things: wash their hands before they eat and after they use the toilet. This is one match that I want to win at any cost!”
Amina J Mohammed, Nigerian Minister of Environment said that India is inspiring the world in its leadership on sanitation through Clean India. She committed that Nigeria will follow India’s example through a strategic partnership where both countries will stand in solidarity to achieve inclusive development together.
Contribution for Global Citizen campaign
- 25 commitments and announcements from policymakers set to affect more than 50 crore people with an investment of US$5.93 billion (INR 40,500 crore)
- CM Fadnavis makes commitments to the value of INR 17,142 crore to build homes, provide special nutrition programmes and build toilets, set to affect 194 lakh people in Maharashtra
- The Central Government committed to 300,000 villages, 200 districts and 6 states and 2 Union Territories being Open Defecation Free by 19 November 2017, affecting the lives of 120 million people
- The International Finance Corporation committed USD$2 billion towards banking on women and promoting women entrepreneurshipby end 2019, including a US$100 million investment in India
- HP committed to US$3.6 million to provide 48 mobile classrooms, that will help 15 million people in rural areas of India get access to quality education and technology over 6 years
- Mr Ratan Tata committed to an INR 300 crore investment from Tata Trusts over the next two years for water and sanitation programmes
- Toilet Board Coalition committed to help 130 million people gain improved access to sanitation and hygiene by 2020 with an investment of US$15 million
- HUL committed to reaching 1 in 7 Indians by 2020 with initiatives to improve water, sanitation and hygiene
- The Government of Telangana committed to invest INR 9,000 crore in Mission Bhageerath, which will affect the lives of 9.6 million people
- IDFC Bank committed to provide 200,000 micro finance loans for water and sanitation, worth INR 200 crores, to reach 450,000 people by the end of 2019