The star gets ready to address the powerful gathering on the subject of third world debt...

U2 frontman BONO will join MICROSOFT’s BILL GATES and UNITED NATIONS Secretary General KOFI ANNAN at a meeting of the World Economic Forum in SWITZERLAND this weekend.

The star will address the gathering of some of the world’s most powerful economic and governmental leaders on the ongoing efforts to eliminate debt in the third world.

The conference, which kicks off today (January 25) in Davos in the Swiss mountains, has no official standing in the world of diplomacy, but it is understood that deals struck in the lobbies away from the main event can impact greatly on world affairs.

Among the debates which Bono might attend are ‘Staying ahead of the Digital and Biotech Revolutions’, ‘Potential Within Us’ and ‘Ethics and Values That Shape Society’.

According to [url=]www.bbc.co.uk, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israel’s Shimon Peres are also mooted to attend. New US President George W Bush, renowned for a dislike of travelling abroad, will not be there.

Meanwhile, as reported yesterday (January 24) on NME.COM, Bono is tipped to join his bandmates for a low-key U2 show in London within the next couple of weeks. NME.COM will bring all the details first, so stay tuned for more on the gig, coming soon…