ONE Championship, Global Citizen Team Up to Fight Poverty

ONE Championship chief executive Chatri Sityodtong and Global Citizen co-founder Wei Soo have announced a partnership to end extreme poverty across the world by 2030. (ONE Championship Photo)

By : Jakarta Globe | on 10:28 AM January 24, 2018
Category : Sports, Martial Arts

Jakarta. Asia’s largest global sports media property, ONE Championship, has announced a partnership with Global Citizen, an international advocacy organization, aiming to end extreme poverty across the world by 2030.

Through a mix of multimedia campaigns and advocacy, these organizations will engage millions across Asia, including ONE Championship martial arts athletes who will also participate in various outreach activities to raise awareness for education, food security, hunger and nutrition, global health, as well as gender equality and empowerment.

The partnership will be launched at ONE’s upcoming event in Manila, Philippines, on Friday (26/01), to engage millions of martial arts fans around the world to support the initiatives and find solutions to the issues associated with extreme poverty.

Global Citizen and ONE will collaborate across 24 live ONE events scheduled in 2018, and various outreach activations throughout Asia, while fans will have the opportunity to take action and engage with specific policy areas covered by the organization.

"It is with great excitement that I announce ONE Championship’s partnership with Global Citizen, an NGO with the goal of ending extreme poverty across the world by the year 2030. Just like Global Citizen, ONE Championship aims to inspire the people of the world to come together to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges," Chatri Sityodtong, chairman and chief executive of ONE Championship, said.

"Our ONE Championship athletes embody the spirit of perseverance and many have risen through poverty through martial arts, inspiring millions of people around the world with their journey. Through our collaboration across all 24 of our live events scheduled in 2018, ONE Championship and Global Citizen aim to affect positive movement in our society," Chatri said.

Meanwhile, co-founder of Global Citizen Wei Soo said he is thrilled to join forces with ONE Championship to bring Global Citizen to Asia.

"ONE Championship reaches millions of young people around the region and together we will engage them on issues that impact the entire world. Since we launched Global Citizen in 2012, over 13 million actions have been taken, and we are excited to drive more actions and increase our impact for the world’s most marginalized people through this partnership," Soo said.

The first action ONE fans can take will be centered on global education, as they will be able to call on donor countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and India, to attend the Global Partnership for Education’s (GPE) replenishment conference in Dakar, Senegal, on Feb. 2.

Currently, 264 million children around the world are missing out on an education. Over half are girls, and over 75 million have had their schooling disrupted by conflict or natural disasters.

At the replenishment conference, the GPE will raise much needed funds that will allow it to continue to support quality, inclusive education to hundreds of millions of children around the world.

Headquartered in New York with offices in Canada, Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom, Global Citizen was founded in 2012 with the goal of building the largest platform where people can learn about issues, take action on what matters most and join a global movement working to end extreme poverty by 2030.

Since then, millions of Global Citizens around the world have taken over ten million actions, which includes millions of emails, tweets, petition signatures and phone calls targeting world leaders to end extreme poverty by 2030.

To date, the actions by Global Citizen’s global community, along with its high-level advocacy efforts and various partners, have resulted in 130 commitments and policy announcements from leaders, including financial aid valued at over $35 billion, that is set to affect the lives of over 1.3 billion people.

Meanwhile, ONE Championship is a celebration of Asia’s greatest cultural treasure, martial arts. The promotion engages millions of people across Asia by building local martial arts superheroes, telling their inspirational stories of perseverance and triumph through martial arts, which has been home in Asia for the past 5,000 years.

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