12:27 p.m."It's a start," says Bono
U2 singer and activist Bono has given Prime Minister Stephen Harper a half-hearted endorsement for his moves on maternal health at the weekend summits.
“Prime Minister Harper’s plan for the G8 on maternal mortality is not everything that’s needed to tackle the moral affront of millions of mothers dying in childbirth, but it is a start on a job that world leaders need to finish,” Bono, co-founder of the advocacy group ONE, said in a statement.
He encouraged leaders to step up efforts to make further progress on achieving the millennium development goals (MDG), notably when they meet at the United Nations this fall.
“The MDGs must stay at the heart of the G8, G20 and U.N. until leaders agree to a concrete plan to get them back on track. Time is ticking away,” Bono said.