Award announced at Live8 DVD launch

Bob Geldof has been named the 2005 Nobel Man Of Peace.

The title is voted for by a committee of all the living Nobel Peace Prize winners, in honour of “his unflagging work and powerful voice on behalf of the poor of Africa over the last 20 years and in particular the last 12 months.”

“He has harnessed world opinion to make political leaders act immediately, improving the lives of millions.”

He will be presented with the honour in Rome on November 24 at the World Summit of Nobel Laureates by former Soviet leader Mikael Gorbachev, according to the BBC.

Geldof said: “I am overwhelmed and proud. It’s more than an honour, it’s almost ridiculous. It’s almost too big. That’s fucking big. I feel weird.”

The award was announced at the premier launch of the Live8 DVD, which is released on November 7.

The screening at the Vue cinema in Leicester Square, London was attended by Razorlight and Annie Lennox.