Global Citizen Presents: A 'Recovery Plan for the World' Roundtable Conversation

Mar 3, 2021 10:05 AM ET

International advocacy organization Global Citizen, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and the World Health Organization last week launched Global Citizen’s Recovery Plan for the World – campaign to end COVID-19 and kickstart a global recovery.

On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, Global Citizen unveiled a five-point policy plan, year-long campaign and series of events that focus on: 1) ending COVID-19 for all; 2) ending the hunger crisis; 3) resuming learning everywhere; 4) protecting the planet; and 5) advancing equity for all.

In partnership with Declan Kelly and Teneo, the global CEO advisory firm, a coalition of many of the world's leading companies, including: Citi, Cisco, The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Google, Live Nation, P&G and Verizon will work together to engage the private sector to help achieve the Recovery Plan for the World's policy priorities.

Co-chairs Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO of Cisco; Hans Vestberg, CEO of Verizon; Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines; James Quincey, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company; Marc Pritchard, CBO of P&G; Michael Rapino, CEO of Live Nation; and Jane Fraser, incoming CEO of Citi will lead their respective sectors to step up in-kind and value chain support, and investment for the campaign. Lorraine Twohill, CMO of Google and Mindy Grossman, CEO of WW International will also be supporting leaders of this campaign. 

Global Citizen organized leaders from the business, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors during the week of the Recovery Plan for the World launch to discuss the urgency of coming together to support countries in fighting this pandemic and making sure all countries receive proper attention to end the underlying problems. These leaders addressed the responsibility of driving change and starting with having accessibility and affordability for all across the world.

‘Recovery Plan for the World’ Roundtable Participants, included:

Head of State, Co-hosts & Moderator:

Ursula von der Leyen, President, European Commission

Hugh Evans, Founder & CEO, Global Citizen

Declan Kelly, CEO & Co-Founder, Teneo | Global Citizen Board Member

Isha Sesay, Journalist, UN Goodwill Ambassador and Author

Private Sector & Philanthropic Leaders:

Bea Perez, Chief Public Affairs, Communications, Sustainability and Strategic Partnerships Officer, The Coca-Cola Company

Carla Hassan, CMO, Citi

Diego Scotti, EVP & CMO, Verizon

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Chief Health Officer, Google

Ed Bastian, CEO, Delta Air Lines

Fran Katsoudas, EVP and Chief People Officer, Cisco

Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer, P&G

Mindy Grossman, CEO, WW International

Otis Rolley, Senior Vice President, U.S. Equity and Economic Opportunity Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation

Advocacy & Community Leaders: 

Dr. Bruce Alyward, Senior Advisor to the Director-General, World Health Organization & Head of the ACT-A Hub

Christelle Kwizera, 2020 Cisco Youth Leadership Award winner; Founder and Managing Director, Water Access Rwanda

Gilbert Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund

Yasmine Sherif, Director, Education Cannot Wait (ECW)

“The private sector plays a critical role in ending the COVID-19 pandemic and getting the world back on track to solving some of our most pressing challenges. Teneo is incredibly proud to partner with Global Citizen on this historic campaign alongside many CEOs who have also committed to tackling the urgent challenges facing humanity. In addition to our role helping lead the campaign, we are calling on more companies to join our coalition to help end the COVID-19 pandemic, and advance progress and recovery across the globe.”  - Declan Kelly, Teneo Chairman & CEO | Global Citizen Board Member