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Biggest rock star.
Not your typical rock star I'm talking about Paul David Hewson.
-- you never heard of them.
Well he's known to most of the world is bonanno.
This band -- -- sold more than 150.
And last summer wrapped up a concert tour.
That set world records selling seven point two million seats totaling 736.
Million dollars in ticket sales but the band's frontman mono.
Doesn't fit the mold of most celebrity musicians.
He's not some spoiled star who thinks the world revolves around him.
And when it comes to politics he doesn't just cozy up with hot to trot liberal politicians -- was a genuine activist who uses the heat of his enormous spotlight for good causes.
And his co-founder of the one campaign.
He has been a leader in raising awareness in the fight against poverty and disease in the world's poorest places like Africa.
Recently at a world aids day event in Washington -- praised America's leadership in the global fight to combat the deadly disease.
It's up to us now as we leave this building.
To make sure across the world.
That the leadership in -- states is this follow through on by our respective countries and replaced him.
Joining -- was R&B star Alicia Keys and via satellite former presidents Bill Clinton and George W.
Who were lauded for their commitment to fight aids.
President Barack Obama pledged an additional fifty million dollars.
For prevention and treatment programs in the US and vowed to help provide anti retroviral drugs to more than six million people around the world.
We've come so far which saves so many lives.
Might as well finish the play I've personally been involved with a one campaign for the past four years.
I've been there were Wanda and seen firsthand the difference that a little can do.
I had a chance to visit with mono and I asked him how he's able to get Republicans and Democrats in Washington who can't agree on any thing.
To work together on something so when.
-- yeah it's amazing.
He's going campaign -- of the best for America and even in the last election.
Which was you know another it was a tough tough time in America.
I know -- that.
-- that was a decision made behind by both parties not to play politics with the poorest.
And most vulnerable people and I think utero and that and John McCain room that -- of them I don't mean have everybody.
Just decided this is too serious.
And they're too many lives at stake -- let's not go there because it's.
It's such a -- fragment.
Of of spending you know it's it's the I think it's less than 1%.
Of of of government's pledges.
And there's millions and millions and five million lives.
In an -- sort of humid today so.
I mean in terms of return on investment -- Buffett would be punching the air and for that one so I think there's a sense it doesn't cost.
As much as people thought and it has this enormous effect.
All of sort of explaining to -- cynical world what America's all about the best of America.
Speaking of cynicism people are always afraid that the money doesn't actually get to the people who need it that it's gonna be confiscated the hands of some corrupt government.
What can we know.
To give us confidence that money that people give.
And I realized one is not a moneymaking -- our money raising -- -- efficacy organization but the money that it advocates.
For these organizations.
How do we know it's getting to those people that -- That's the most important question -- -- because corruption.
Is bigger killer.
Then HIV aids malaria TV put -- so we don't.
Ever campaigned for -- If we can't see where it's being spent one of the reasons why -- support -- And the global fund is because when they find.
Any got corruption they -- themselves.
They demands that the government of the host country give the money back or they leave the country.
One of the things that really impressed me when I was on a one -- three years ago to -- Wanda.
Which you could see the impact in a hospital.
You could see the impact with mosquito nets sit with families -- clean water.
Talk about some -- simple things that can be done with a very small amount of money it saves people's lives.
Look at us you know it's it's it's such a privilege to them to see.
What America has done.
And I've -- I've witnessed it first.
I remember going.
And seeing three and four people to a bad.
-- -- -- One underneath.
You know warm sleeping up against the side wins -- -- -- heartbreaking -- people who'd been diagnosed as HIV positive and that be known treatment.
-- -- You see the faces -- -- leaving their face the faces of the medical's.
It's they're just different that it because it was so hard for them can you imagine line after line of people queue of people being given a death sentence.
And what it into the health workers so just by -- getting those drugs that's been transformational families covered by bed nets that cost him enough.
Because nothing if they protect.
Children largely from this an awful it's mosquitoes can you -- Mosquito kills -- two and a half some children every -- it's this mosquitoes and actually the intervention is relatively simple.
It's it's simple technology that we have.
You know there -- a lot of celebrities have been involved clauses but often it's a photo -- -- may be doing a public service commercial you have actually personally gone all over the world.
As an advocate for some of these causes.
What got you interested in the first place what was it that got to your heart.
It made you say I'm not just gonna do a public service announcement I'm really gonna immerse myself and some of these humanitarian causes.
I don't I don't know I -- I look.
I accept rock star.
Campaigning for the world's -- is -- And absurdity and -- it's you know it's an uncomfortable juxtaposition certainly has a photograph.
I -- I get it you know not spoiled rotten rock star.
Very vulnerable child.
I only do it because it's hard to get attention to these issues so we use the spotlight that's on -- us.
-- to some events because it's a little ridiculous celebrity and you must look at somebody that other than that nice table -- it's just -- to.
I'm sure that it has -- something inside of you past it.
-- true to say that matters to me I hair that there's some kid who is dying in Africa right now.
Why does that matter to you as a human being.
But -- -- no choice in the matter that the that the globalization.
That it's benefited us.
Brings with -- some responsibilities.
I think -- agree.
And it has to work for the -- just few it and we custom.
Yasser so these existential questions.
How how can it be just that an accident of geography if I'm born here and I get this disease die.
And if I'm born.
There I just aren't doing read it -- -- -- -- keep it that made me ask questions about our whole system.
And a night when I was in the United States.
I particularly were reached at two and religious community because I felt this this wasn't about charity -- but -- just this.
And I looked into the scriptures in the -- -- 2003.
Verses of scripture about the world's -- And the way we treat and facts crisis only.
In the way we do the world which is staying and and it's deeply ingrained in me.
Of human life.
And if I an opportunity or we have.
The community of the country as a civilization an opportunity to follow through those principles.
Then we must.
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