Global Citizen has announced that Springbok rugby captain Siya Kolisi as Global Citizen: Mandela 100 Advocate with a key focus on hunger, nutrition, and education.
This is for the Global Citizen Festival event taking place on Sunday, 2 December 2018 at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event will be presented and hosted by the Motsepe Foundation.
As an official advocate for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 Kolisi says he intends to focus on hunger and education, both of which are very close to his heart.
He says, “Hunger is huge for me because I grew up with hunger,”.“Global Citizen will have a profound impact on both present and future generations of South Africans through its ongoing skills training programme. This is fundamental to creating a world free of extreme poverty, especially in a country like South Africa, in which over 50% of young people between the ages of 15 and 25 are unemployed.”
He mentioned on Instagram, ” am excited and honored to be an ambassador for the Global Citizen movement. A movement that is doing so much good & helping make this world a better place. This Is something close to my heart, having endured many challenges in my life, I always wanted to be able to make sure less people endure the same challenges. Now being in a position to be able to impact others in a positive way, I am extremely grateful for this opportunity. MY NAME IS SIYA KOLISI AND I AM A GLOBAL CITIZEN @glblctzn
Global Citizen Mandela 100 said that this announcement ‘kicks off Action Journey 3, the third in a series of opportunities for fans and activists to earn their tickets to the event’.
Says Global Citizen: “The issue will be highlighted at World Food Day events in both Lusaka, Zambia and Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday 16th October. The events will gather actors from across nutrition, agriculture and food to showcase the two countries’ commitment to addressing hunger and malnutrition.”
Speaking at the event will be South Africans Siya Kolisi and Nandi Madida, singer/songwriter; TV presenter; and Cleo Ice Queen, a Zambian singer/songwriter; radio personality.
About Global Citizen:
Since the first Global Citizen Festival in New York in 2012, Global Citizen has grown into one of the largest, most visible platforms for people around the world calling on world leaders to honour their responsibilities in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and ending extreme poverty by 2030.
Global Citizens have generated commitments and policy announcements from leaders valued at over $37.9 billion that are set to affect the lives of more than 2.25 billion people. This year alone Global Citizens have secured 29 commitments totaling over $2.9 billion that are set to affect the lives of more than 501 million people by 2030.