Global Citizen conference to unite political leaders, celebs

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Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

  1. convene / kənˈvin / (v.) – to bring people together for an official meeting

    The board members convened in the conference room.

  2. tackle / ˈtæk əl / (v.) – to deal with something difficult

    We need to tackle the problem before it gets worse.

  3. co-chair / koʊˈtʃɛər / (v.) – to be in charge of an organization together with one or more people

    Melissa and Tony have co-chaired the organization for three years now.

  4. sector / ˈsɛk tər / (n.) – a part of a nation’s economy that includes certain kinds of jobs

    The education sector has been complaining about the lack of funds for public schools.

  5. on the table / ɑn ðə ˈteɪ bəl / (idiom) – a plan or suggestion that has been available for people to hear or discuss

    A plan for wage increase has been put on the table.


Read the text below.

Advocacy group Global Citizen will convene political, philanthropic, business and cultural leaders for a thought leadership conference in New York to tackle extreme poverty more quickly.

The group announced that Global Citizen NOW will be a two-day conference beginning April 27, co-chaired by Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, as well as leaders of Barbados and Ghana, along with Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Tony winner and “Wolverine” star Hugh Jackman. Executives from Verizon, Cisco, Citi, and Procter & Gamble will join philanthropic leaders from Ford, Open Society, PepsiCo and Rockefeller foundations.

“We’re bringing together this extraordinary group of amazing leaders, and everything is focused on action taking, and on impact,” said Hugh Evans, Global Citizen CEO. “We’re not going to host a single panel, a single session, unless there’s an action to be taken out of it.”

The conference plans to create collaboration between various sectors to spur “urgent action” to end extreme poverty.

According to a Nature Energy report published in February, the energy crisis triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could push 141 million people globally into extreme poverty because of increased costs for fuel and the higher prices for goods and services.

That would be on top of the 100 million people who COVID-19 returned to extreme poverty that the inaugural Global Citizen NOW tried to help last year.

“We see an opportunity to disrupt the model of global forums where world leaders get in a closed room and have private conversations that affect our planet and the next generation,” Evans said in a statement. “Money and solutions are on the table but aren’t deployed. Nothing changes and there’s no one to hold them accountable. We’re focused on turning ideas into impact.”

This article was provided by The Associated Press.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

  • When creating solutions to world problems, do you think a conference made up of both politicians and private citizens is more effective than only world leaders? Why or why not? Discuss.
  • In your opinion, what makes “turning ideas into impact” difficult (ex. lack of resources, not enough people)? Are there any ideas that you’d like to turn into an impactful solution? Discuss.

Discussion B

  • There are people from various industries at the conference, such as actors, business owners, and politicians. Why is it important to have people from various industries in a global forum? Discuss.
  • Do you think the Global Citizen forum can have a huge impact on ending poverty quickly? Why or why not? Discuss.
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