U2 lead singer, Bono, has been announced as the recipient of the 2021 Fulbright Prize for International Understanding – and yes, this is kind of a big deal!
The prestigious award which has been previously won by the likes of Nelson Mandela and Bill and Melinda Gates, will honour the superstar for his “commitment to seek justice by fighting to end extreme poverty, tackle global health crises and spur economic development in the poorest parts of the planet.”
In particular, Bono is being recognised for his work as the co-founder of non-profit organisations ONE and (RED) which lobby governments and share educational campaigns to fight poverty and end preventable diseases including AIDS.
To date (RED) has generated more than $650 million for the United Nations Global Fund, helping more than 220 million people through life-saving health programs and financial support to strengthen health systems in vulnerable communities.
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The prize, which is named after late US Senator J. William Fulbright, has been awarded since 1993 to outstanding figures who are in some way generating peace through greater understanding among people, cultures and nations.
Other recipients include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and non-profit organisation Doctors Without Borders.
The ceremony will be held in Washington D.C at a date to be confirmed.
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