Bob Geldof honored as Man of Peace

Nov. 24, 2005 at 2:32 PM
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ROME, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- British musician/activist Bob Geldof received the Man of Peace Award at Thursday's opening of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.

The organizer of the Live Aid and Live 8 concerts for Africa received his award for his efforts to fight poverty from former Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev at Rome's Capitoline Hill, the BBC reported.

"Africa must be allowed to trade itself out of poverty," Geldof said.

He said it is up to the European Union to pave the way to reforms the could ultimately wipe out hunger during the World Trade Organization talks Hong Kong next month.

"We live in a broken world which has never been healthier or wealthier, but some 500 kilometers south of here they die of want," he said.

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