Bono Urges Western Governments to Fight Poverty, AIDS, Debt in Africa During Speech at University of Pennsylvania
May 18, 2004
Irish rock star Bono on Monday in a commencement speech at the University of Pennsylvania called on Western governments to fight HIV/AIDS, poverty and debt in Africa, saying that wealthy countries have the financial and technological capacity to alleviate the conditions that lead to 7,000 deaths per day from preventable diseases on the continent, Reuters reports. Bono, founder of the debt, AIDS and trade advocacy group DATA, called on the graduates to use their university educations to help solve problems facing Africa and the world. "Your pockets are full and now you have got to figure out what to spend it on," Bono said, adding, "If you are going to live up to your ideals and your education, it's going to cost you" (Hurdle, Reuters, 5/17). Bono on Sunday at Philadelphia's Independence Mall joined former NBA Philadelphia 76er Dikembe Mutombo and others in signing a petition for the ONE Campaign, which will call on politicians to support the fight against HIV/AIDS, according to KYW/CBS3. Mutombo said, "All of the people must come together from different races and do what ever we have to do [to] rally together and find a way to find a cure and find money" (Min, "Eyewitness News," KYW/CBS3, 5/16). The ONE Campaign petition says, "We recognize that a pact including such measures as fair trade, debt relief, fighting corruption and targeting an additional 1% of the U.S. budget towards providing basic needs -- education, health, clean water, food and care for orphans -- would transform the futures and hopes of an entire generation in the poorest countries. We commit ourselves -- one person, one voice, one vote at a time -- to make a better, safer world for all" (ONE Campaign Web site, 5/18).
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