by Yiming Wu
PARIS (Reuters) – Singers, politicians and activists including Billie Eilish and Lenny Kravitz took to the stage at a concert in Paris on Thursday to call for action to tackle climate change and inequality, as world leaders gathered for a summit calling for a New Global Finance Deal.
Organized by the non-profit group Global Citizen, the “Power Our Planet: Live in Paris” event featured musical performances and speeches by climate activists and leaders from Brazil, Kenya, Barbados and the World Bank, as well as some famous faces, including Academy Award-winning actress Michelle Yeoh.
Eilish said from a stage in the Champ de Mars park in Paris, “This is an urgent time that we are in … We really need to change our whole system so that those most affected by the climate crisis can get what they need to fight it.”
During his performance, Kravitz told the crowd, “I want us all to be part of the solution, not the problem.”
The concert took place amid a gathering of around 40 leaders seeking to advance a new global financial agenda.
The initiative aims to increase crisis financing so that low-income countries can reduce their debt, reform post-war financial systems, and free up resources to tackle climate issues.
Earlier on Thursday, the World Bank said it would facilitate financing for countries hit by natural disasters and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said it had reached its target of providing $100 billion to the most vulnerable countries.
(Additional reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian)
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