Ed Sheeran, Lizzo and Billy Eilish feature in 24-hour concert

Ed Sheeran, Lizzo and Billy Eilish feature in 24-hour concert
Thousands of people filled The Great Lawn in New York's Central Park for a concert in the city. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Jennifer Lopez, Billy Eilish, Ed Sheeran and Lizzo are among stars taking part in a 24-hour concert to raise awareness of vaccine inequality, climate change and famine.

More than 60 singers are participating in The Global Citizen festival, considered to be the largest charity event to date, in cities including Paris, Seoul, New York and London.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the concert in different cities, while millions are likely to tune in to the broadcast.

The concert kicked off on Saturday in Paris, where Elton John performed in front of the Eiffel Tower.

The superstar entered the stage following a pre-recorded performance by the K-pop band BTS.

The concert was organised by Global Citizen – a charity organization working to end extreme poverty by 2030.

Unlike most events of this nature, Global Citizen is not aiming to raise money but rather to use participation as evidence for global leaders that people support bold action on the issues.

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

It called on international governments to deliver one billion vaccines to the poorest countries, plant one billion trees and donate meals for 41 million people on the brink of famine.

Singer and actor Jennifer Lopez will perform in New York, where Coldplay and Billie Eilish are scheduled to play.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, took to the stage earlier calling for access to Covid-19 vaccines to be treated “as a basic human right.”

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