Reimagine Talk | Stage 1

A look at the socio-economic and environmental impact of COVID-19 through the lens of tourism and featuring The Lion’s Share.


Yemi Alade
Singer and Songwriter

Having risen to the top of a male-dominated industry—being the first African female Afro-pop artist to hit over 100 million views on YouTube—Nigerian singer and songwriter Yemi Alade is passionate about promoting causes that further women’s empowerment and fight inequality. Kicking off her new role as the COVID-19 pandemic surges around the world, Alade will help shine a spotlight on the disproportionate impact of the health and socio-economic crisis on the poorest and most vulnerable people, especially in developing nations. Alade will also help raise awareness of the way inequality affects all aspects of people’s lives and must be addressed in our efforts to end poverty, fight climate change and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Alade is an award-winning artist: In 2018 and 2019, she won the Headies Award for Best Performer and made the Forbes 30 under 30 list. In 2016, she won the Independent Music Award for Best Album and MTV Africa Music Award for Best Female. In 2015, she won the Nigeria Entertainment Award for Female Artist of the Year. She also collaborated with Beyoncé and, in 2019, was featured on Beyoncé “The Lion King: The Gift” album. Alade’s most recent philanthropic engagements include participation at Global Citizen’s Global Goal: Unite for Our Future concert in June, alongside artists like Shakira, Coldplay, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber. She also joined forces with ONE in July to “Stand Together” against COVID-19 alongside ten other musicians from seven African countries.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Goodwill Ambassador at UNDP

In his role as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, best known for starring in HBO’s Game of Thrones, is a passionate advocate for climate action and gender equality and the key role they play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Also known as the Global Goals, they are a universal call to action to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change.

Coster-Waldau is helping spread the important message that we cannot achieve the Global Goals without empowering women and safeguarding our environment and that each and every one of us needs to play an active part in creating a brighter tomorrow for all.

Father of two girls, Coster-Waldau is passionate about ending discrimination and violence against women and girls everywhere. He is focusing on drawing attention to critical issues such as gender equality and climate action to encourage people to be agents of change.

Through his work with UNDP, Coster-Waldau traveled to Kenya, Rwanda, Maldives, Thailand and the Peruvian Amazon to shine a spotlight on the connection between climate change and growing inequalities around the world.

His accomplished career includes starring roles in various films in Europe and North America, including Shot Caller, Small Crimes, Gods of Egypt, The Other Woman and 1,000 Times Good Night. In addition to his award-winning acting career, Coster-Waldau is also a producer and screenwriter.


September 24, 09:45
09:45 — 10:00EST(GMT-4) (15′)

Inequalities, Partnerships

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Actor and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador), Yemi Alade (Singer and Songwriter)