BONO’S BIG ISSUE!

The U2 frontman says he's about to "bang a lot of dustbin lids" if the problem isn't addressed properly...

BONO has vowed to launch a campaign of civil disobedience in an attempt to battle global poverty if UN efforts do not generate further movement on the problem.

Speaking in Dublin yesterday (July 8) at a ceremony publicising the 2003 UN Human Development report, the U2 singer said that it was unacceptable for 7,000 Africans a day to die due to poverty and disease while wealthy nations fail to give adequate aid.

“We are about to get very noisy, we are about to bang a lot of dustbin lids,” he said. “This issue is the defining issue of our time.”

The frontman – real name Paul Hewson – is a leading campaigner in pressuring industrialised nations to cancel out the debt owed by poor developing countries, and has made several trips to Africa to highlight the problem.

He added, “This is the first generation that can actually eliminate absolute poverty from the planet, this is the first generation that can afford it because of the wealth of the wealthy countries.”

According to Reuters, Bono said: “We can actually transform the real lives of people living in absolute poverty… I, for one, am not going to let it pass. This for me is an issue of equality.”

The UN Human Development report, published annually to assess world poverty, revealed that one billion people survive on less than a dollar per day and that 54 countries got poorer in the 1990’s despite the global economic boom.