Australian humanitarian Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen was honoured last night by Rihanna at her annual Diamond Ball in New York City. Evans’ advocacy organisation Global Citizen (founded in 2012), plays host to the Mandela 100 show in Johannesburg last this year.
Last night’s Diamond Ball, the 4th annual, took place at Cipriani in NY last night. Evans was awarded the honour for his efforts to end extreme poverty and promote gender equality globally.
In his acceptance speech, Evans praised Rihanna’s efforts as an artist, entrepreneur and role model for millions of girls. He also spoke of the importance of getting some 264 million children around the world a quality education – an issue Rihanna herself is a big champion of. Education campaigning is at the heart of the December 2nd event where South Africans earn free tickets in exchange for taking social good actions.
Global Citizen’s campaigning efforts have to date raised financial commitments of over $37BN from the private sector and governments. The event was hosted by Issa Rae, and featured performances by Childish Gambino and DJ Mustard.
Excerpts from his speech:
We founded the organization (Global Citizen) in 2010 – with a unique model that fused pop with policy – with a vision of a world without extreme poverty, fueled by an unstoppable movement of citizens calling on world leaders to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”
“After 7 years of campaigning and actions, utilising technologies that allow us to drive mass millennial engagement, while targeting leaders of the biggest economies in the world, I am proud to share that through the actions of millions of Global Citizens around the world, we have driven financial commitments in excess of $37BN to help end extreme poverty. ”
“Rihanna, thank you for all you do to make sure the 264 million children around the world who lack access to a basic education are given the opportunity to learn. It is a privilege to call you, The Clara Lionel Foundation and The Global Partnership for Education partners in this fight.”