Bono is in Montreal to give the keynote address at an international conference that aims to raise US $13 billion to replenish the Global Fund, an international fund set up to battle the three major infectious diseases in the Third World: AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
In his address, reports CBC News, the U2 front man praised Canada for leading the charge in fighting infectious diseases throughout the world.
“At a time when these kinds of multilateral initiatives are receiving so much chill, it’s just great to see Canada leading on this,” said Bono. “You’ve always been ahead of the curve in realizing we can do more if the international community works together.”
He added: “You say it loud, And that is why I am here, and that is why I am your friend and a friend of Canada’s.”
Bono, who will also have a private meeting with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau during the course of the two-day conference, could not praise Canada enough.
“In the past few years, I’ve spent a lot of time here and in Canada, rehearsing with U2, wandering around, indeed hitch-hiking on a few occasions,” he said. “The more time I spend, the more I agree with my younger self — that the world needs more Canada, the world needs more Canadas.”
Meanwhile, in a Canadian broadcast exclusive, Tom Clark from Global News will sit down with Bono to talk about Canada’s place on the world stage, airing on “The West Block” on Sunday at 10 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET on Global. You can also catch coverage on Global National on Monday at 5:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. ET