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Bono calls for sustainable, peaceful, democratic solutions

Bono, the lead singer of U2 and the cofounder of ONE and (RED), attended the Chicago Council’s 3rd Annual Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security on May 18, one of his many humanitarian trips to urge world leaders to find peaceful solutions to poverty and hunger.

The high-level event included many global leaders who addressed G8 efforts on food security and the benefits of private sector investment in agriculture in Africa. Bono called the G8 to continue its earlier stated commitment to fund sustainable ways to help African farmers develop their land and agriculture in ways that will lift communities and whole countries out of poverty, allowing renewable resources to be in the forefront of the fight against hunger and malnutrition.

"As we approach nine billion, resource scarcity will be a recurring theme and risk factor. These agendas—of food, land, water, timber, fisheries, energy, renewable and otherwise—these are actually the same agenda," Bono said during his remarks.

In June, Bono returned home to Ireland to honor Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi as part of the "Electric Burma" concert.

"It's so rare to see grace trump military might and when it happens we should make the most joyful noise we can. Aung San Suu Kyi's grace and courage has tilted a wobbly world further in the direction of democracy," he said in a prepared statement. Bono is expected to to present Suu Kyi with Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience award during the June 18 concert in Dublin.

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