Bob Geldof: ‘We need to shout’

It’s sometimes hard, especially in tough economic times, to think about the real difference we are making in the fight against extreme poverty. So we took another look at Bob Geldof’s closing remarks at the end of September’s UN summit in New York.

Geldof called for the assembled delegates to confound the cynics and clichés, and to bring all countries to the table to continue to fight the ‘tangible condition’ of poverty.  From high-level talks on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to each of us ‘giving a buck’ to projects abroad, Geldof stresses that we’re winning; we’ve got the ‘big heavy wheel of equity and justice turning’.

Progress on poverty is happening.  You can see the astounding statistics and stories of success everywhere you look. So make no mistake we are making a difference. In the words of Goethe, quoted by Geldof, ‘Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic and power in it’.