Bono Gets Down at White House

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

U2 singer and activist Bono met with President Barack Obama and showed off some dance moves in the Oval Office. He and Bob Geldof also interviewed POTUS for one of Canada’s leading newspapers Globe and Mail. Here’s their exchange about the upcoming G8:

Bono: You’re going to be in Canada in June for the G8. It’s not straightforward to get eight people to agree on anything, let alone eight countries. What do you think you can achieve?

Obama: At this year’s summit, we need to recommit ourselves to making serious and sustainable progress toward the Millennium Development Goals. We can, and should, celebrate the progress we’ve made, but we also need to be frank about where all of us – developed and developing countries alike – have fallen short.

The MDGs provide us with the goal posts; the challenge now is to make sure that we honour the aid commitments that are critical to development, and that we also look at:

  • how we can bring additional sources of capital to the table;
  • how we can foster the innovations that can be the game-changers in development;
  • how developing countries can seize the moment by putting in place the right policies and institutions;
  • and how, together, we can find new ways to accelerate progress in the years ahead.
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