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Whatever It Takes is a unique artwork campaign launched by 21st Century Leaders Ltd, the wholly owned trading subsidiary of Trade plus Aid.
Many of the world's most celebrated public figures have put their names to the projects. By becoming 21st Century Leaders, these public figures are pledging to do ‘whatever it takes’ to address issues of the 21st Century.
They work with leaders to assist and encourage a generation of influencers to take ownership, engage in positive action, raise awareness among their communities, and champion the solutions to poverty and environmental degradation.
Whatever It Takes collection, features ‘symbols of hope for the 21st Century’ drawn by leaders in the worlds of fashion, film, television, music and sport.
The signed artwork donated by each Leader is his or her original work, and has been donated for the exclusive use of the Whatever It Takes campaign which has so far raised over $7 million for 21st Century Leaders.
Whatever It Takes supports key global development causes including poverty alleviation, environmental conservation and the protection of children. Here you can see some of the causes they support.
The Edge has colaborated with the project with the artwork above.
The U2 frontman performed a set at the lavish event (without the rest of U2) for inaugural Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala in St. Tropez. DiCaprio hosted the event, which raises money for environmental causes, alongside his supermodel girlfriend Toni Garn.
Bono sang with Julian Lennon "Stand by me".
Meanwhile the rumours of the new album coming out soon continue. Now a tweet from UniversalMusic , Colombian branch has rung the alarm: "U2's new album will be called Sirens and will be ready in September". We still have to wait to see which of the rumours is true.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
U2 will reportedly release their new album in November, with the band said to be "very confident" ahead of their long-awaited comeback.
The group are due to release their first album since 2009's 'No Line On The Horizon' and have been recording with producers including Danger Mouse in recent months. A spokesperson for U2 recently denied that the band have pushed back the release date of their 13th studio album to 2015.
Taking this further, a report in The Sun today (July 22) sees the tabloid report that "the new album will drop before the end of the year, most likely in November" while also suggesting that the band could perform at London's Roundhouse in September as part of this year's iTunes Festival.
"The U2 comeback is very much on for this year," said a source. "This album has been a real struggle for them to make. It's taken a long time and Bono didn't find it easy. But they're very confident now and are convinced the wait has been worth it."
In addition to a new U2 album, Bono and The Edge are also working with Once director John Carney on a new musical film based on the filmmaker's childhood.
Friday, July 18, 2014
You probably haven’t heard about it, but this week decisions are being taken that could mean the difference between poverty and dignity for millions of people. Diplomats from UN member states are finalising a draft blueprint for the post 2015 development agenda and the stakes could not be higher.
Today, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Malala Yousafzai, Graca Machel, Bono, Mo Ibrahim and Muhammed Yunus have joined forces to sound a warning that 2015 is a year of huge opportunity, but also of huge risk.
In a strongly worded open letter, they are calling on world leaders to make next year a transformative year in the fight against poverty, inequality and climate change. Next year, the UN’s development framework – known as the Millennium Development Goals will reach its deadline and be replaced. A new climate treaty will also be agreed. Together, these two processes could determine what kind of world we live in in 2030. They write:
What is at stake here could not be greater, for it is not less than the future of our human family and the world upon which we all depend.
It is fitting that on Mandela Day these Nobel laureates, moral and religious leaders and campaigners are urging our politicians to be ambitious. They are demanding goals that will build on the dramatic progress we have seen in some areas and guide us on a path that gives people everywhere a chance to live a life of dignity.
2015 is an historic opportunity for change. A focused package of ambitious but achievable development goals can really empower grassroots citizens of the global south – and those globally who campaign in solidarity with them – to demand and receive vital life-saving and life-changing health, education and infrastructure services from governments.
A global movement is taking shape to call for urgent action, justice and for leaders to seize this chance to secure a better, safer world for all. ONE’s 6 million members will be campaigning alongside activists from hundreds of organisations worldwide who care about justice. The letter says:
This movement for people and planet will lead to accolades for those leaders who rise to this historic occasion. It will hold accountable those who fail to help secure a better safer world for all. It will speak up for the marginalised and disenfranchised, and demand justice for all.
If decision makers get this wrong, the real risk is that progress is lost, we see higher levels of poverty, hunger and more armed conflicts. Eradicating the injustice of extreme poverty is within our grasp – we can’t and we won’t let this opportunity slip.
Read the full letter and share their message
Thursday, July 10, 2014
To prepare for her role as a New York nurse in this month’s Cinemax miniseries The Knick, Irish actress Eve Hewson practiced an American accent, brushed up on early-20th-century medicine (the show is set in 1900), and even bought a nurse- training DVD. But there was still one major hurdle: her fear of needles and blood. “I’m a huge fainter,” she says. “I went with my mom to get a blood test, and I was like, ‘Oh, my God, oh, my God, oh, my God!’ My mom said, ‘Eve, you’re about to play a nurse. Get your shit together!’ ” And that she did. In the first episode, Hewson attempts to resuscitate a newborn and injects a man below the belt. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, The Knick follows the staff of a flailing hospital, including a curmudgeonly surgeon (Clive Owen) and the enterprising head of its social-welfare office (Juliet Rylance). Hewson plays Lucy, a bright-eyed, eager transplant from West Virginia. “I walked on to the set and thought, Is this actually happening?” says the 23-year-old, who is the daughter of the rock star Bono and the activist fashion entrepreneur Ali Hewson, and who spent much of her childhood touring with U2. “My dad wants to be an actor now,” she says with a smirk. “He’s like, ‘What do you think of me being in a movie with Beyoncé?’ And I said, ‘Stick to your day job!’
by Vanessa Lawrence
Photography by Bjarne Jonasson
Styled by Patrick Mackie