From NY to Seoul, Billie Eilish, BTS in global climate, vaccine concerts

PARIS (AFP) – From Billie Eilish in New York to BTS in Seoul and Elton John in Paris, some of the biggest names in pop are uniting their star power for Global Citizen Live today, a round-the-world event to raise awareness on climate change, vaccine equality and famine.

Concerts taking place in London, Lagos, Rio, Sydney, Mumbai and more will be broadcast globally for the event. The star-studded line-up will also push for action at the G20 next month and COP26 climate meeting in November.

Eilish, Coldplay and Jennifer Lopez will perform in New York’s Central Park, where Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will also be on stage.

Stevie Wonder will play in Los Angeles, while Ed Sheeran will headline in Paris alongside Elton John, Black Eyed Peas and Stormzy.

And there will be pre-recorded performances from BTS in South Korea, DJ superstar Alok in Rio, Kylie Minogue in London and Andrea Bocelli in Tuscany.

“Across six continents, artistes will help rally citizens in demanding that governments, major corporations and philanthropists work together to defend the planet and defeat poverty,” NGO Global Citizen said in a statement.

It said it was focussing “on the most urgent, interrelated threats hitting those in poverty the hardest – climate change, vaccine equity, and famine”.

A slew of other artistes – including Metallica and The Weeknd – are also involved, either through live or filmed performances.

Global Citizen said it wants one billion trees planted, one billion vaccines delivered to the poorest countries and meals for 41 million people on the brink of famine.

Members of South Korean K-pop band BTS. PHOTO: AP