Bono Calls On International Community To Turn Attention To HIV, Resist Populism, Better Promote SDGs

The Guardian: Bono: western world turning its back on HIV fight
“The world is at risk of losing the battle against HIV due to a backlash against aid triggered by a sense that western governments need to solve problems in their own countries, the musician and development campaigner Bono has said. Speaking on a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the U2 singer said populism in the rich north was the result of people being chewed up by capitalism…” (Elliot, 1/23).

Irish Times: ‘Capitalism is not immoral — it’s amoral,’ Bono tells Davos audience
“…Bono, co-founder of ONE, a global campaign and advocacy organization with more than 10 million members seeking to end extreme poverty, said that the negative forces of unfettered capitalism have driven an international move towards populism. The singer said public-sector spending — [such] as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, for example, [which] is currently seeking to raise $14 billion to save an estimated 16 million lives — is the most vulnerable as governments in developed states in Europe grapple with domestic problems such as homelessness…” (Brennan, 1/23).

Yahoo Finance UK: Bono tells Davos sustainable development goals ‘sound like a sexually transmitted disease’
“…The U2 frontman and anti-poverty campaigner hit out at the aid industry for ‘making exciting ideas look really boring’ at the annual conference for top business, political, and charity leaders in the Swiss alps. … The singer went on: ‘It’s amazing advertisers spend most of their time trying to make boring ideas look really exciting, but in the development community we seem to spend most of our time making exciting ideas look really boring. And it’s not boring. This is what real change looks like’…” (Belger, 1/23).

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