On Monday morning (April 6) during the World Health Organization’s virtual press conference, WHO and Global Citizen announced they’ve teamed up for One World: Together at Home, an international special airing April 18 to support and applaud healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19.
Curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga, the star-packed event features Alanis Morissette, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Burna Boy, Chris Martin, David Beckham, Eddie Vedder, Elton John, FINNEAS, Idris and Sabrina Elba, J Balvin, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lang Lang, Lizzo, Maluma, Paul McCartney, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Shah Rukh Khan and Stevie Wonder.
Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert, alongside the cast of Sesame Street, will host the special.
“We are all so very grateful to the healthcare professionals across the country and the world — this global pandemic is a catastrophe; I’m praying for them and also those who are sick,” Lady Gaga said during the virtual press conference, via live stream from her home. “I would like to send my prayers to people who are losing their jobs and having a hard time feeding themselves and their children.”
Gaga also revealed that over the last seven days working with corporate leaders, tech companies and philanthropists, they’ve already raised a total of $35 million for the COVID-19 response. “We want to raise the money before we go on air. When we do go on air, put your wallets away, your credit cards away, and enjoy the show.”
One World: Together at Home airs Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, NBC, ViacomCBS Networks, iHeartMedia and Bell Media networks and will stream on Alibaba, Amazon Prime Video, Apple, beIN Media Group, Facebook, Instagram, LiveXLive, Tencent, Tencent Music Entertainment Group, TIDAL, TuneIn, Twitch, Twitter, Yahoo and YouTube.
“We are proud to join forces with One World: Together At Home to help suppress the transmission of the virus, minimize social-economic impacts on the global community and work together now to advance Global Goals for the future,” said António Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations. “There is no greater case for collective action than our joint response to COVID-19 – we are in this together and we will get through this together.”
Individual and corporate donations will go toward the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO, which provides healthcare workers on the front lines with masks, gowns and other vital equipment, as well as local charities that provide food, shelter and healthcare. These local groups have been verified to ensure that they are helping communities impacted by COVID-19.