20 minutes – Great show to support caregivers

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The Rolling Stones will participate in a special show bringing together many other stars in support of caregivers fighting against the coronavirus. This show is to be broadcast all over the world on Saturday.

This event is organized by the Global Citizen organization in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the singer Lady Gaga. He wants to be a moment of global unity in the fight against the Covid-19, according to his boss Hugh Evans.

Among the stars expected are Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Cline Dion, Elton John, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. Global Citizen has not yet provided details on how each of the artists will appear.

A six-hour long event, streaming, will precede the broadcast in the first part of the evening of the highlight of the show, with a whole series of stars like Christine and the Queens, Samuel L Jackson and the footballer Megan Rapinoe.

A rallying cry

Global Citizen also wants the event to be a rallying cry to support charities at the local level. She also intends to urge donors and governments to support WHO in its response to the coronavirus and claims to have raised $ 35 million for this purpose.

We are living in a really important time, during which people are wondering if they are becoming more isolationists or citizens of the world, explained Mr. Evans AFP. Do I close my borders or worry about people’s health systems on the other end of the plant? I think Covid-19 taught us that a disease somewhere can become a disease everywhere, he added.

Of the hundreds of artists scheduled to participate in the event, several, including the Stones, contacted the organization asking to be included, according to Evans.

Tens of millions of dollars

It’s an opportunity to show our solidarity with workers on the front line and to support the Solidarity Response Fund launched by WHO with a Swiss foundation, said WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to the Geneva press. .

Over $ 150 million has already been raised. For her part, Lady Gaga announced that $ 50 million had been raised with several partners to fund the fund. Other contributions will be announced on Saturday.

Inspired by the global effort she observed this week, Lady Gaga hailed the heroic nature of health workers, but also of the many others who are exposed to cornavirus in their jobs. She also defended Mr. Tedros, at the center of Donald Trump’s reproaches against the action of the WHO.

Support for multilateralism

This global concert in support of WHO is fraught with meaning at the time when the American president announced the suspension of funding for his country to the United Nations.

Without speaking directly to the American president, Mr. Evans judged that it was time to support the WHO, not to turn his back. Multilateralism is the only way to fight pandemics, he said.

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