Paul David Hewson

Lead singer, U2
Co-founder, ONE and (RED)

The lead singer of Irish rock band U2, Bono was born Paul David Hewson in Ballymun, Dublin. He met the Edge, Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton at school, and in 1978 U2 was formed. Acknowledged as one of the best live acts in the world, U2 have sold over 157 million albums and won numerous awards, including 22 Grammys.

Bono is also a well-known activist in the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa. He is the cofounder of ONE, a global campaign and advocacy organization with more than 7 million members committed to taking action to end extreme poverty. As part of his work with ONE, Bono has lobbied heads of state and members of legislatures all around the world. This lobbying, combined with the work of ONE’s grassroots membership has helped to ensure the passage and funding of government policies and programs that have helped to save tens of millions of lives over the past 10 years.

Bono is also the cofounder of ONE’s sister organization (RED), which partners with the world’s most iconic brands to raise public awareness about and corporate contributions for the AIDS crisis. To date, (RED) has generated more than $465 million for AIDS treatment and prevention in Africa through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria

Bono has received a number of awards for his music and activism, including the Legion D’Honneur from the French Government in 2003, TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2005 (along with Bill and Melinda Gates), and an honorary British knighthood in 2007.

Source: https://www.one.org/us/person/bono/

About ONE

ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organization of more than eight million people around the world taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.

We believe the fight against poverty isn’t about charity, but about justice and equality.

Whether lobbying political leaders in world capitals or running cutting-edge grassroots campaigns, ONE pressures governments to do more to fight AIDS and other preventable, treatable diseases in the poorest places on the planet, to empower small-holder farmers, to expand access to energy, and to combat corruption so governments are accountable to their citizens. Cofounded by Bono and other activists, ONE is strictly nonpartisan.

ONE’s 8 million members are critical to this work. They come from every walk of life and from across the political spectrum. They’re artists and activists, faith and business leaders, students and scientists. They take action day in, day out — organizing, mobilizing, educating, and advocating so that people will have the chance not just to survive, but to thrive.

ONE teams in Washington, D.C., New York, London, Johannesburg, Brussels, Berlin, Paris, Ottawa, and Abuja educate and lobby governments to shape policy solutions that save and improve millions of lives — and which every year are under threat from cuts and other priorities.

ONE is not a grant-making organization and we do not solicit funding from the public or receive government funds. ONE is funded almost entirely by foundations, individual philanthropists and corporations.

Source: https://www.one.org/us/about/

TAKE ACTION

#GIRLSCOUNT

Tell world leaders: ACT NOW for 130 million girls out of school

Educate a girl in one of the world’s poorest countries, and it won’t just change her world. It could change yours too.

130 million girls are not in school right now. That’s 130 million potential engineers, entrepreneurs and political leaders the world is missing out on. Education is one of the most powerful weapons in the fight against extreme poverty – so it’s an outrage that so many girls are still denied the chance to learn.

In the next few weeks, we’ve got an incredible opportunity to change this. Global leaders are being asked to crowdfund one of the biggest education funders in the world’s poorest countries. If they all chip in enough, it would mean millions more girls will have the chance to complete a full 12 years of school. That’s a whole lot more educated girls who could go on to change the world.

Tell world leaders to fund education and make sure all girls count.

Source: https://www.one.org/us/take-action/

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