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Prime Ministers, Presidents, World Leaders, and Celebrities to Address GLOBAL CITIZEN 2015 EARTH DAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2015        

Prime Ministers, Presidents, World Leaders, and Celebrities to Address GLOBAL CITIZEN 2015 EARTH DAY

April, 18 at the National Mall

Leaders to Voice Commitments and Show the Power of Actions to Solve Climate Change and End Extreme Poverty by 2030

Speakers include UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell; Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz;, Soledad O’Brien, Don Cheadle, United Nations Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador, Freida Pinto, and More

Event to Feature Performances from No Doubt, Usher, Fall Out Boy,

Mary J. Blige, Train, My Morning Jacket

Washington D.C., –The Global Poverty Project and Earth Day Network announced the list of speakers for Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day. The list includes heads of state, Members of Congress, dignitaries, and celebrities from around the world. Dignitaries scheduled to speak include: Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General; Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group; Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior; Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy; Chris Coons, U.S. Senator; Bob Corker, U.S. Senator; Chris Murphy, U.S. Senator; Earl Blumenauer, U.S. Representative; Judy Chu, U.S. Representative; Barbara Lee, U.S. Representative; Betty McCollum, U.S. Representative; Charles Rangel, U.S. Representative; Gertrude Mutharika, First Lady of Malawi; Voahangy Rajaonarimampianina, Philippe Douste-Blazy, United Nations Under Secretary-General and Chairman of UNITAID; Alexander de Croo, Deputy Prime Minister, Belgium; Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands; Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation of Sweden; Mogens Jensen, Minister for Trade and Development of Denmark; Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany; Børge Brende, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs; Mrs. Lawrencia Laraba-Mallam, Federal Minister of Environment, Federal Republic of Nigeria; Erion Veliaj, Minister of Social Welfare and Youth, Albania; Junaid Ahmad, Senior Director of the World Bank Group Water Global Practice; Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund; Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation; Ms. Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of The Global Environment Facility; Mr. Khathutshelo Ramukumba, CEO, National Youth Development Agency, Republic of South Africa; Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme; Charlie Bolden, NASA Administrator;and Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning. Additional special guests include Ahmad Ashkar, Founder & CEO Hult Prize; Lydia Camarillo, Vice President, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project; Michael Elliott, President and CEO, ONE Campaign; Lucia Grenna, Program Manager Connect4Climate; Denis Hayes, organizer of the first Earth Day and Chair of Earth Day Network; Gene Karpinski, President, League of Conservation Voters; Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder Mara Group & Mara Foundation; Patrick Liu, Creative Director, Rovio Entertainment; Bill McDonough, Architect; Gregory Moore, Executive Director,  NAACP Voter Fund; John F Stewart, Sustainability Director, Boy Scouts of America; Tom Stricker, Vice President, Toyota North America; and Scott Teare, Secretary General, World Organization of the Scout Movement. The event will also include the following as special guest hosts: and Soledad O’Brien, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, as well as Don Cheadle, United Nations Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador, Erin Heatherton, Freida Pinto, IshaSesay, Tamzin Merchant, Jordan and Eve Hewson, Bonnie Wright, Raphael Sbarge, Julie Gichuru, and YouTube starsMatthew Santoro and Yousef Erakat. The proud partners for Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day include Caterpillar Inc., Citi, CJ Corporation, Toyota, iHeartMedia, Clear Channel Outdoor, MSNBC, YouTube, Google, Alcantara, and Connect4Climate. Content presented in partnership with the World Bank Group. *NOTE: Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day is a First Amendment Event, which means that it cannot be referred to as a concert or festival, per the terms of the National Parks Service permit. Media Contact: Bridgette Borst, [email protected] — (703) 302-8385 Please direct all media credential requests to [email protected] ABOUT: Earth Day Network (EDN) works year round with tens of thousands of partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. The Global Poverty Project is a registered 501(c)(3) international nonprofit organization whose mission is to end extreme poverty by 2030.