Shawn Mendes will be letting his voice be heard when he performs at the upcoming Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park, and on Tuesday released a video urging his fans to join their voices with his.
In the video (above), Mendes announces his partnership with Global Citizen, declaring he’s “absolutely thrilled to be standing with Global Citizen and with all of you guys to support this incredible team effort to #LeaveNoGirlBehind.”
Outlining his commitment to Global Citizen, Mendes says he wants to make sure that “every single child, especially girls, have the ability to have access to 12 years of school, quality and free education.”
He adds: “What’s really important to me is that we have more guys fighting alongside girls to make sure they can access the same rights that we do… I’m sure that we can all agree that education can change the world.”
Mendes’ video was debuted at Global Citizen’s #LeaveNoGirlBehind event at the UN on Tuesday, co-hosted by the governments of Canada, France, the U.K., Mali and Niger, with key partners from the global South and leading multilateral agencies.
Among the world leaders in attendance were French President Emmanuel Macron, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
On Monday, the 20-year-old singer-songwriter sent a shoutout to Canada’s most important VIP, thanking Trudeau for his “leadership on education with #LeaveNoGirlBehind” at this week’s UN General Assembly.
Trudeau responded, indicating he’s open to the conversation:
Earlier, Mendes revealed on Instagram stories his partnership with Global Citizen, an organization aiming to enlist 100 million people to unite their voices with a goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030, in addition to other initiatives.
In Mendes’ post, he points out that 264 million children throughout the world — 130 million of them girls — are unable to attend school.
“I’m teaming up with Global Citizen to help change this,” he writes, adding that fans can hear more from him about this when he performs at the Global Citizen Festival on Saturday.
According to Global Citizen’s announcement, this year’s festival “will serve as a platform from which millions of Global Citizens around the world will demand that world leaders fulfil their obligation to achieve the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development and end extreme poverty by 2030.”
In addition to Mendes, other scheduled performers on Saturday include Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, Cardi B, and Janelle Monae, along with a special performance from John Legend.
Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-lee Furness will return as lead hosts for the fifth consecutive year, with co-hosts to include Camren Bicondova, Cynthia Erivo, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Gus Kenworthy, Kal Penn, La La Anthony, Naomi Campbell and Rachel Brosnahan.
“I’m so excited to be a part of the Global Citizen movement,” said Mendes in a statement. “It’s an honour to be able to use my platform and music to help those in the world who need it most.”