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Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan launch the Global Citizen Movement in India

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Global Citizen, a social action platform, and The Global Education and Leadership Foundation (tGELF), launched the Global Citizen India platform on Monday. The platform will comprise a distinctive mix of events, grassroots activism, media campaigning and online activation, to catalyze India’s journey towards achieving the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and to bring about the end of extreme poverty.

The inaugural Global Citizen Festival India, to be held in Mumbai on 19 November 2016, will be Global Citizen India’s first initiative, and will be headlined by Coldplay, Jay-Z, Aamir Khan, Ranveer Singh, Katrina Kaif, AR Rahman, Farhan Akhtar, Shraddha Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Arijit Singh, Dia Mirza, Shankar Ehsaan Loy and Monali Thakur. Several major artists and international guests will be announced at different stages of the campaign.

In its first year, Global Citizen India will offer a wide cross-section of content and actions focused on creating meaningful impact in three key areas: Quality Education, Gender Equality, and Clean Water & Sanitation. Achieving impact across these interlinked issues is a critical first step on the journey to focus positive pressure on major players to influence dialogue, policy and social change in India. One of the first actions people can take is to call on their Chief Ministers to adopt a comprehensive action plan to achieve the Global Goals. So far, only one state has adopted a framework to act upon these Goals.

At the launch event on Monday, Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis was joined by celebrated Indian actors and personalities including Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar, Kareena Kapoor. Coldplay’s Chris Martin also shared his enthusiasm about the festival via a video message.

Amitabh Bachchan said, “It is a great honour to see the words of our Hon. Prime Minister Modi at Global Citizen Festival in New York coming to light with the first edition of Global Citizen taking place in India. It is both a pleasure and honour for me to support this campaign that creates a momentum, connecting individuals globally to work together and bring about change and eradicate poverty.”

Aamir Khan urged people to follow his lead in taking their first Action Journey on GlobalCitizen.in, “I am so pleased to see an initiative like Global Citizen coming to India and it is an absolute honour to participate in the Global Citizen India Festival in its premiere year. This is a great social action platform that brings people together to support the UN Global Goals to eradicate poverty, not only in India but around the world. I am delighted to lend my support to Global Citizen India’s Shuruaat Hoon Main Action Journey that endeavours to create a people’s movement for the betterment of our country and its citizens.”

Farhan Akhtar commented: “I am excited to be a part of the inaugural edition as India joins the Global Citizen movement. This is a great way to contribute collectively and take action to deliver change with full commitment. As a socially conscious individual and as a founder of Men Against Rape and Discrimination (M.A.R.D), I am glad to be a part of this movement to support the Global Goals to help make a difference.”

Kareena Kapoor Khan said: “As a Global Citizen this is a great opportunity to pledge my support, and connect with millions of people in India and globally through this Global Citizen India platform to address the various issues and eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. We are a nation driven by youth, so value based education and school curriculum plays an important factor in spreading this message & raising awareness in universities about the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the fact that we all have the power to be a part of this movement and take action.”

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