Going Gaga: ‘One World’ Raised $128 Million

The “One World: Together At Home” concert special on Saturday night raised almost $128 million for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

In collaboration with Lady Gaga, Global Citizen brought together more than 70 musical acts and performances for “One world: Together At Home,” hosted by late-night stars Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert, reaching people in 175 countries.

Of the $127.9 million raised from the event, $55.1 million will go to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and $72.8 million will be earmarked to local and regional responders.

The eight-hour global broadcast and digital special aimed to support frontline healthcare workers and the World Health Organization (WHO) through the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization. The special included performances from numerous artists of all kinds from around the world, performing from their homes.

WHO’s mission for COVID-19 is to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic. The fund, powered by the U.N. Foundation, goes directly to WHO’s rapid response to COVID-19 around the world.

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Contributions from corporate partners go directly to the Solidarity Response Fund, supporting and equipping healthcare workers around the world. More than a dozen corporate partners are listed on the One World: Together at Home website, including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Cisco, Johnson & Johnson, IBM and State Farm, among others.

WHO’s Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan outlines a funding need of at least $675 million for critical response in countries most in need of help through April 2020.

As of last week, WHO shipped 2 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to 68 countries worldwide, including more than 700,000 surgical masks, 51,000 N-95 masks, 727,000 gloves, and more than 20,000 face shields. The fund also supplied 1.5 million diagnostic kits to 120 countries to bolster their abilities to detect and respond to COVID-19.