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Bono addresses global leaders on hunger, agriculture and transparency at pre-G8 symposium

 

Amid a flurry of public officials, business and NGO leaders and African heads of state at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs‘ Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security, ONE had one of it’s own represented: our cofounder Bono.

 

Bono just finished up a speech which covered everything from global agriculture to foreign aid to transparency in the mining industry. In the context of the day’s events, his remarks were a call to action to everyone in the room, urging us to work together to help lift 50 million people out of poverty.

 

“The conversation has changed,†he said. “Aid is smarter. It’s finally dawning on most of us that the continent that contains the most poverty also contains the most wealth… Imagine a place bursting at the seams with gold, copper, oil… undeveloped arable land. Not to mention the human resources.â€

 

Bono praised President Obama’s new alliance to promote agricultural growth in Africa, which was announced earlier today. “If the words of his speech are turned into bold action in partnership with the developing world and the private sector, then today was a real moment,†he said.

 

He did not shy away from acknowledging the harsh economic realities that many governments face today, bringing up the EU’s 0.7 percent ODA target, which is currently under threat. He also said that international development, like music, can be subject to the whims of fashion. “Hunger was boring, even unsexy, in some quarters,†he said. “But it’s not boring if you live in the Sahel right now.â€

 

It was an inspiring speech overall, but I think he summed it up best with this quote: “The moment we’re all working for is when we make aid history.†We couldn’t agree more.

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I think technology has finally caught up to what all of us have been thinking about for years. There's a better way to grow food, keep water clean, on and on...You don't go out anymore growing food, you go up and you barely need water. It's almost too easy. On top of that, in hot areas, growing sustainable algae is a cakewalk, sustainable meaning you could have only that for the rest of your life and you will be extremely healthy. You don't have to be a rocket scientist or study anything to figure this one out. It just took technology time to catch up.

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Got my gig back and can watch it now, and thought to myself, bono colours it all too pretty with all his colours and its really no rainbow I hate to say it, but positive is good attitude to have..

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