U2 singer Bono appeared on British television Sunday (Dec.
19) to praise the UK's decision to cancel some of the debt owed it by the
world's poorest nations, according to a Reuters report. "You can't
really over-emphasize what has happened here. It's a gigantic thing for
us," Bono said, according to Reuters. The English debt-relief plan
will affect 25 countries by the end of the year, Reuters reported.
Bono's lobbying on behalf of the charity coalition Jubilee 2000 was credited
with influencing the U.S. Congress' decision to approve its own debt-relief
plan in November. Jubilee 2000 aims to convince the world's richest nations
to celebrate the millennium by forgiving the massive debt owed them by
the world's poorest.