Celebrities Help Tackle Poverty in New Film


SEATTLE, Washington — Every day around the world, more and more people are tuning into the gravity of the global poverty crisis. Through increasing traction and more information about how to help alleviate the situation, people are better able to find ways to help. Further, celebrities are helping tackle poverty in a myriad of ways. One group of celebrities is working on that through a film that was released on the United Nations YouTube channel on Sept. 19, 2020.

“Nations United: Urgent Solutions for Urgent Times”

The film is titled “Nations United: Urgent Solutions for Urgent Times.” It discusses a number of global poverty issues around the world, including the ways the planet can change to improve, solutions to alleviate problems and how people can intervene to help transform the world. The film also discusses COVID-19, relieving debt, reducing fossil fuel use, increasing access to healthcare and ensuring access to education for everyone around the globe.

Richard Curtis and 72 Films are producing the piece. Curtis is also the writer and director. He has been an adamant advocate for U.N. goals to mitigate poverty. He advocates protecting against environmental ruin and improving quality of life for everyone. The film debuts on the U.N.’s 75th anniversary.

Celebrities Involved in the Film

Influential celebrities poised to make a significant impact through the film joined Curtis. The celebrities helping to tackle poverty are:

  • Malala Yousafzai, an influential advocate for access to education and a “U.N. Messenger of Peace”

  • Don Cheadle and Michelle Yeoh both of whom are U.N. Goodwill Ambassadors

  • Forest Whitaker, a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace

  • Thandie Newton OBE, a world-renowned actor and women’s rights advocate

  • Sugata Mitra, an Indian computer scientist who serves as the Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University in England

  • Burna Boy, a Grammy-nominated singer who performed a select show

  • Beyoncé, who has won numerous Grammys and performed a brand new showing of a previous U.N. show

  • Julia Roberts, a world-famous actress who served as the host of “a radio broadcast and podcast version” of the film.

The UNGA Games

The film is one piece of a more significant enterprise that the U.N. has taken on to promote awareness for global issues. The project is also a part of the annual UNGA Games, which is a festival dedicated to discussing global issues and their solutions. The event served to highlight that an international focus is a must in order to solve poverty-related matters.

The festival had events from various speakers such as John Frank, who represents Microsoft’s interests at the U.N., and Maria Vladimirovna, Russian’s foreign policy spokesperson. Furthermore, Béyoncé will make her first appearance in eight years. There were also other activities such as a live debate. All the events promoted conversation and inspired change in the audience tuning in.

By promoting celebrities helping tackle poverty, the film seeks the use of its platform to help unite the world toward a common cause: a better quality of life for all.

Anushka Somani
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