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As world leaders gather at the United Nations to discuss ending world poverty, one music icon is adding his voice to the chorus demanding that more be done.
Irish singer Bob Geldof rose to fame with rock group The Boomtown Rats during the late 1970s, but it was his humanitarian and anti-poverty activism around the world that made him a household name.
Geldof co-wrote the 1984 international hit “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” bringing together some of the biggest names in pop music at the time to raise money for Ethiopia, which was in the grip of a famine. A year later, he organized "Live Aid," one of the largest charity concerts in history.
Twenty years later, Geldof put on the "Live 8" concerts in cities around the world to help draw attention to poverty in Africa and to galvanize world leaders to increase levels of aid to the continent.
This week finds Geldof at the U.N., where heads of state are discussing the Millennium Development Goals. Agreed upon a decade ago, signatories have set out to meet eight targets by 2015. They include halving extreme poverty and hunger, promoting gender equality and empowering women, and beginning to reverse the spread of HIV.
But with just five years to go, many of the Millennium Development Goals are not even on target to completion, much less met. Making matters worse, many donor countries are tightening purse-strings in the wake of large fiscal deficits, rising debts and the global economic crisis.
That’s where Geldof comes in. He brings to the conference a message that all nations – rich and poor – must do more if these goals are going to be met.
Geldof also co-founded the One Organization which aims to fight against extreme poverty.
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