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International organizations 'under attack' says Bono at Irish U.N. event

The implications of the U2 frontman's message extended well beyond Ireland's expected three-way race against Canada and Norway for two temporary seats on the U.N. Security Council.

U2's Bono at a 2007 press conference in Berlin.
U2's Bono at a 2007 press conference in Berlin to present a report by the NGO DATA - Debt AIDS Trade Africa - that he founded. (AN//Flickr)

UNITED NATIONS (AN) — The world's leading international organizations and the order they represent are "under attack" politically but must work together to keep going, U2 frontman Bono told a diplomatic gathering to launch Ireland's bid for a rotating seat on the United Nations Security Council.

In a speech to diplomats and staff at New York's Madison Square Garden, the Irish rocker and activist helped his nation make its case for a Security Council seat from 2021 to 2022. The vote is planned for June 2020. He said Ireland's abilities for storytelling and compromise are examples of "how you achieve peace."

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