Bono participated in the ‘The G-8 and Africa: Rhetoric or Action?’ panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday.
Bono, Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Thabo Mbeki (the president of South Africa) and Olusegun Obasanjo (Nigeria) discussed poverty reduction, moderated by the French journalist Christine Ockrent. (CNN report) Praising Gates and Blair, Bono summed up the issues as follows: “Extreme poverty is stupid”.
Earlier in the day Tony Blair, Bill Gates and Bono gave a joint press conference on reducing poverty in Africa. Bono spoke highly of the Microsoft boss:
“No single man on the planet has done more to impact poverty”.
(And let’s not forget his impact on PC-users’ sanity. Ed.)
Bono ended the panel discussion with his by now familiar analogy of the world standing by as people are put on the trains:
“This time, we’re going to lie in front of the trains!.”
- Download (bt) 7mb mp3 of Bono’s panel words
- Webcast of the event (on demand available 28/1)
- BBC: Leaders at Davos focus on Africa
- CNN: Celebrities, leaders jostle at Davos
- Allafrica.com: President to rub shoulders with U2’s Bono at Davos chin-wag
- ITV: Bono takes on fatcats at Swiss forum
- Socialtxt.net: Blogging Davos 2005
- WEF Forum weblog