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Vice President Joe Biden has joined celebrities such as Beyonce, Ed Sheeran and Leonardo Di Caprio in New York tonight for a festival aimed at raising awareness of global inequality.
Biden was just one of a host of speakers invited on to the stage of Global Citizen Festival which is currently taking place in Central Park.
The concert was designed to raise awareness of the UN's global goals program which aims to eradicate global poverty, fight injustice, and combat climate change, among other things.
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Joe Biden took to the stage of Global Citizen festival in New York tonight to join a call to end extreme poverty and promote equality across the world
Beyonce told people to 'get close and dance like children' before performing a medley of hits, such as Single Ladies and Miss Independent
Beyonce was just one of the performers and guest speakers that took to the stage in Central Park this evening to promote awareness of the UN's global goals agenda
Beyonce also used her performance to call for an end to gender inequality across the globe, and to empowering women
Biden, who is still thought to be mulling a run at the Democratic presidential nomination, spoke of the need for dignity for all of the world's citizens alongside his wife Jill this evening
It comes on the heels of the UN General Assembly summit which took place last week in New York, which was addressed by Pope Francis.
Biden, who is still thought to be mulling a late-stage run for the Democratic presidential nomination, used his appearance to call for all people to be treated with dignity and respect.
He said: 'We have to move beyond, reach beyond, ourselves. We have to be a light to the world not just in the world. That is what you are all here for tonight.
'I look out and I see lots of global citizens, optimistic determined, absolutely determined, rejecting the false premise that our challenges are mere fate, with no solutions, and that protecting universal rights is equally universal, because it is.
'This is all about possibilities, and it is within our reach, we can change the world, we really can, you can. That is also true. I know I'm known as the White House optimist, but I'm optimistic because I know the history of the journey of this country.'
He added: 'Everybody in the world should be treated with dignity. We're called to care. Whenever or wherever dignity is denied, we're called to work toward change.
Biden's speech sought to inspire the Millennial generation, saying that he could see people were 'rejecting the false premise that our challenges are mere fate, with no solutions'
Biden said that on Captiol Hill he is often known as the 'White House optimist' but added that he has plenty of reason to be optimistic 'because I know the history of the journey of this country'
Michelle Obama appeared onstage to launch her new campaign, 62million girls, highlighting the number of young women around the world who do not have access to education
After her powerhouse performance Beyonce introduced Michelle Obama to the stage, and their pair shared a hug as they passed
Michelle Obama shared a hug with Beyonce after the singer introduced her to the stage to speak about educating impoverished girls
While the President couldn't be there in person, he did send a video message from the White House which was broadcast from the stage
World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim speaks alongside Sesame Street's Big Bird about the importance of sanitation across the world
Malala Yousafazai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head in a failed assassination attempt by the Taliban after she ignored their orders not to attend school, also called for education to be prioritized across the world
Malala used her speech to call for less money to be spent on the military and diverted to education instead, saying 'it is a book and a pen that can change the life of a child, it is not a gun'
Bill and Melinda Gates also spoke at the event to call for more help and investment to be given to prevent child deaths around the world
Kaite Holmes (left), Selma Hayek (right image, left) and Queen Rania of Jordan (far right) were also speakers at the Global Citizen festival
President Obama also delivered a message to the thousands of people gathered in New York via video link from the White House.
Michelle Obama also appeared onstage to announce the launch of a new campaign 62million girls, aimed at raising awareness of a lack of education for young women worldwide.
She said: 'I believe in the boundless promise of girls worldwide. That is one of the main reasons I am here tonight because right now 62million girls are not in school and what is important to me is that these are our girls.
'They deserve the same chance to get an education as our daughters and my daughters and all of our children. Giving them that chance is a crucial target in ending global poverty.'
Ed Sheeran was among one of the earliest performers at the one-day festival in New York's Central Park this evening
Sheeran performed alongside Coldplay's Chris Martin earlier in the show, then came back to duet with Beyonce after the sun went down
Beyonce and Ed Sheeran teamed up later in the show for an acoustic rendition of 'Drunk In Love' at the Global Citizen festival
Coldply's Chris Martin signals to the crowd while playing in New York's Central Park at the Glboal Citizen festival which took place tonight
Rapper and poet Commons also took to the stage, and introduced Sting as a special guest partway through his performance
She then called on people to join her campaign by tweeting a picture of themselves along with the hashtag 62million, explaining what they learned from their experience in school.
He said: 'We’ve saved millions of lives from HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. More children are going to school, more communities have clean water, and hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of poverty.
'When so many families still live in extreme poverty and chronic hunger, when so many mothers still die in childbirth, when so many children still die from preventable diseases - that is a moral outrage.
'It is a profound injustice. We have come together, as one world, to realize the change that we seek.'
Jordan's Queen Rania (center) also joined the event to call for action on the global Syrian refugee crisis
The event is being compered by Late Show host Stephen Colbert who opened the gig by doing a sketch with Hugh Jackman
Also delivering speeches were Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Queen Rania of Jordan, Delaware Senator Chris Coons and Jim Yong Kim, head of the World Bank.
They were joined by the likes of Coldplay, who debuted their new single Amazing Day, and rapper Commons, who brought Sting on stage during his performance.
Also among the speakers was Leonardo DiCaprio who renewed his calls for the world to stop using fossil fuels as a source of energy.
DiCaprio's stance on the issue has been criticized as hypocritical in the past, as he often spends his summers sailing across the globe on a yacht rented from an oil billionaire.
In keeping with the event's aim of spreading awareness, tickets were free, but in order to get one attendees had to tweet about issues such as poverty or gender inequality, or write to members of congress.
Leonard DiCaprio was also on stage to speak about ending the world's dependence on fossil fuels, an issue he has been criticized for championing in the past, given his jet-setting lifestyle
Thousands turned out for the event which was free to attend, provided you helped to raise awareness of social issues either over social media or by writing to Congress
At its General Assembly summit in New York this week, the UN set out a list of 17 sustainable goals that it hopes to achieve by 2030 which replaces the Millennium goals which were drawn up in 2000 and expired this year.
They are designed to cover almost every aspect of human life on this planet, and to improve it for all the world's citizens - though critics have denounced the list as overly ambitious and, in places, too vague.
The Global Citizen Festival, held tonight in Central Park, was designed to raise awareness of that list, and during the concert more than 1billion people messaged about the targets via social media.
The concept was that, in order for leaders to be held accountable to the goals, people must first be aware of them and what they are. Here is the list in full:
1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Including a target of having no one living in extreme poverty - defined as less than $1.25 a day - anywhere in the world by the year 2030.
2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Part of this goal calls for the doubling of agricultural production by small-scale farmers.
3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
For example, leaders have set out to reduce maternal mortality (the number of women who die each year during childbirth) from the current rate of 200 per 100,000 live births to 70.
4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Including that students everywhere should have free access to education through high school.
5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
This goal aims to end discrimination and violence toward women and girls. It also calls for the elimination of child marriage and female genital mutilation.
6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
This goal calls for universal access to toilets and clean drinking water, as well as protecting and restoring natural water resources over five years.
7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
This goal calls for universal access to electricity and more renewable energy.
8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
This item sets an ambitious annual economic growth target of 7 percent per year for the poorest nations.
9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
This goal calls for increased technological assistance from developed countries to poorer nations to modernize roads, dams, electrical grids and other infrastructure.
10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
This target tries to address the growing gap that's emerged globally between the "haves" and the "have-nots."
11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Say goodbye to slums. This goal envisions sustainable, livable urban centers with universal access to green spaces.
12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
This section sets bold targets for cutting in half food waste by the year 2030 and over the next five years overhauling industrial waste streams.
13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
This goal acknowledges climate change and then notes that the real work on this issue will come at the U.N. Conference on Climate Change later this year in Paris.
14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
This goal calls for sustainable management of marine fisheries by 2020 and elimination of marine pollution by 2025.
15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
This goal calls for the same protection of land that No. 14 demands for the sea.
16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
In other words: We should all live in harmony. The goal also calls for an end to violence and corruption.
17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
This final goal calls for rich nations to give more assistance to poorer countries and to help less developed nations progress.