Global citizens urged to "stand up for a better world"

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Secretary-General speaks at the Global Citizen Festival . UN Photo/Mark Garten

The global community of people has been urged by the UN Secretary-General to stand up for justice, dignity and a "better world."

Ban Ki-moon was speaking at the Global Citizen music festival in New York City's Central Park.

Daniel Dickinson has more details.

The annual Global Citizen Festival began in 2013.

It was started to raise awareness about the need to end poverty across the planet by improving health and education and supporting gender equality.

This year's event comes a day after world leaders met at the United Nations to finalize 17 new development targets called the Global Goals.

The UN Secretary-General urged thousands of festival goers to, in his words,

"Stand up for justice.  Stand up for dignity.  Stand up for a better world."

The festival attracted a number of headline bands including Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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