Richard Curtis and Sting to be awarded first Global Citizen Prizes at Royal Albert Hall

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Richard Curtis and Sting are to be awarded the first Global Citizen Prizes at a huge event featuring stars from Stormzy to John Legend at the Royal Albert Hall.

Global Citizen is an international advocacy group on a mission to end world poverty by 2030. It supports sustainable development goals set by the United Nations.

Love Actually director Richard Curtis will be named “Global Citizen of the Year”, in recognition of his “exceptional and sustained impact towards the goal of ending extreme poverty” through his work with charity Comic Relief and Live 8. Sting will be awarded the “Artist of the Year” prize for his long-term work championing saving the rainforest through his Rainforest Foundation, co-founded by the 17-time Grammy-award winner in 1989.

They will be presented their awards - cash prizes of $150,000, which will be donated to charity - on Friday evening by a host of stars including Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, 12 Years A Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor, Yesterday actor Himesh Patel, Connie Britton, Leona Lewis, and Kal Penn.

The evening, to be filmed and televised before Christmas, will feature headline performances from John Legend and Stormzy, and appearances from acts including Jorja Smith, Chris Martin and Jennifer Hudson.

With these prizes Global Citizen, which was founded in New York in 2012, wants to recognise the world leaders, business leaders, artists and youth activists who have made a real impact on tackling worldwide poverty through their work.

Director and producer Curtis, who lives in London, told the Standard young people today inspire him to believe Global Citizens’ aims can be achieved.

He said: “Now the younger people are setting up movements, starting things… There are brilliant things going on all around.”

The World Leader winner will be Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina J. Mohammed, and “Business Leader” Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO of Choban.

The evening will be broadcast on SKY at 7pm on Saturday 21 December.