"Donations to the fund will support WHO’s work around the world, the vaccine development alliance Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and aid over 100 additional local and regional charities

By Ian Horswill


Posted on April 20, 2020

It’s been announced that charity group Global Citizen and Lady Gaga’s One World: Together at Home benefit concert raised US$127.9 million over the weekend.

One World: Together at Home aimed at “celebrating and supporting” health care and essential workers involved in the coronavirus pandemic that began in Wuhan, China, and has spread into 184 countries, killing more than 165,000 people.

The US$127.9 million is for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization, powered by the UN Foundation.

“Donations to the fund will support WHO’s work around the world, the vaccine development alliance Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and UNICEF. The Together At Home effort will also aid over 100 additional local and regional charities that will also receive funds, including Education Cannot Wait, Direct Care, Feeding America and United Way,” Global Citizen said in a press release.

One World: Together at Home featured artists such as Alicia Keys, Amy Poehler, Andrea Bocelli, Awkwafina, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Burna Boy, Camila Cabello, Celine Dion, Chris Martin, David and Victoria Beckham, Eddie Vedder, Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John, FINNEAS, Idris and Sabrina Elba, J Balvin, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lang Lang, Lizzo, LL COOL J, Lupita Nyong’o, Maluma, Matthew McConaughey, Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Pharrell Williams, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sam Smith, Shah Rukh Khan, Shawn Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, The Rolling Stones, and Usher.

The One World: Together at Home broadcast also included Former United States First Ladies Laura Bush and Michelle Obama, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed and WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

One of the most poignant moments was when Taylor Swift performed Soon You’ll Get Better, an emotional song about her mother’s battle with cancer. Swift previously said she wouldn’t perform because of how difficult it is for her to “emotionally deal” with the song’s meaning.

One World: Together at Home aired on ABC, NBC, ViacomCBS Networks, The CW, iHeartMedia, Bell Media networks and platforms in Canada and BBC One in the UK. Additional broadcasters included: AXS TV, beIN Media Group, Bloomberg Media, Canal + International, Caracol Television, Corus Entertainment, Deutsche Telekom, Digicel, DPAN.TV American Sign Language (ASL) supported by Comcast, DPG, Media, Dubai-TV, France-TV, Fuji TV, Hulu-Japan, Insight TV, JOOX, Katz Networks, LiveNow/ELEVEN Sports, Mediacorp, M6-France, MultiChoice, National Geographic, Naver Corp, NOVA-Bulgaria, One Championship, RAI Italy, Rede Globo, Rogers Media, RTE, RTL, Sony Pictures-Latin America, Seven Network, Sony Pictures-India, Turner Network Television International, SVT-Sweden, TV2-Denmark, TV2-Norway, TVE-Spain , TV4-Sweden, UNIVISION, Viacom18 and YLE-Finland.

The US$127.9 million was raised thanks to donations from the likes of Cisco, Citi, The Coca-Cola Company, Emerson Collective, GSK, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Rockefeller Foundation, State Farm, The Stadler Family Foundation, Target, Teneo, Vodafone, Verizon and WW International.