The other important ‘take away’ from 2013 CGI Conference was a discussion presented by Bono, Lead Singer of U2 and Co-founder of ONE and RED. TC is not in any way shape or form supporting or suggesting any one political view; rather we are simply interested in presenting facts that are relevant to youth and their positive growth.
Now that we’ve clarified that, let me give you a quick intro to ONE. ONE is an organization that effectively fights extreme poverty and preventable diseases, particularly in Africa. The nonpartisan organization works to raise public awareness as they work with political leaders to combat AIDS and preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency in poverty-fighting programs. Another important task that ONE takes on is the fight against corruption; they work with African activists and policymakers to promote poverty-fighting priorities, monitor the use of aid, and help build civil society and free enterprise.
ONE is pleased with the SEC ruling that there must be disclosure of the payments they make to US and foreign governments, country by country and at project level each year. For those that are not familiar with what this is, that is okay; what is important is what this means for our youth. The best way to express this is for me to provide you with Bono’s words as he addressed the oil companies directly. Although Bono applauded the work some have done in supporting funding for AIDS and Malaria prevention, he also spoke to the hypocrisy of helping the poor on one hand, while hurting them on the other by blocking this legislation. Bono stated, “We know corruption is killing more kids than TB, AIDS, and Malaria put together. There is a vaccine and its called transparency; I’m no cranky anti-corporation critic here, I implore the people in this room, from Exxon, from Chevron….you can’t have it both ways. You can’t give alms to the poor on one level and have your hands on their throats on another.”
Although this topic is very, very important it simply opens the door for further communication about corruption of all levels here in the US and globally; at least it should. Youth are not able to speak for themselves; that leaves us. The Clinton Global Initiative Conference was a great eye opener into what is being done globally, and what still needs to be done.
Each and every issue, decision, new policy affects our youth, and thus affects the future of this world. There are many folks getting their hands dirty, but we cannot overlook that fact that with the overwhelming number of issues we need an overwhelming number of people working together for global change.
Stop, think and do… #GetOnTheRightSideOfHistory #Bono
Mrs. Tomaro M. Pilgrim, MS