Bono and World Bank President Kim discuss path to ending world poverty

ONE Co-founder Bono and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim drew in hundreds of World Bank and ONE staffers, civil society and media to the Bank’s Washington, D.C. headquarters yesterday afternoon for a discussion on how to end world poverty.

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The talk, moderated by CNN correspondent Isha Sesay, was broadcast in a live webcast, and translated in English, French, Arabic and Spanish, bringing in viewers around the world.

You can watch a recording of the event in the player below:

Bono and President Kim had a chance to answer questions and comment on ideas crowdsourced from global citizens by the World Bank. “What will it take to end poverty?” they asked. Participants tweeted in their messages using hashtag #whatwillittake, mailed in postcards with their messages, and submitted them on the World Bank website.

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 During the hour-long discussion on food security, transparency and the Millennium Development Goals, Bono took the opportunity to talk about the US international affairs budget.

“We know there’s going to be cuts,” he said of the looming fiscal cliff. “We understand that. But not cuts that cost lives.”

He also remarked, “An economic recession need not be a moral recession.”

Bono and President Kim talked about the timeline to end global poverty. “We can find a path to ending poverty sooner than 25 years,” said President Kim. The turbocharger, said Bono, is open data and transparency.

They also stressed the importance of activism in making real change in reducing poverty. “‘Politicians will do what we want them to do if enough people ask them to do it,” said Bono.

The discussion was live-tweeted on @ONECampaign, @WBLive and @WorldBank, allowing people from around the world to join in on the conversation. Here’s a transcript of some of the tweets, photos and quotes from the event: