U2 is working with the Irish government to try and win a highly coveted United Nations Security Council seat for the country.
Ireland is inviting every ambassador to the United Nations in the world to a U2 concert as part of their effort to win a seat on the UN Security Council. The concert takes place July 1 at Madison Square Garden. U2 will cover the cost of the expected 400 guests at their "UN at U2" concert.
The idea is the brainchild of Irish UN Ambassador Geraldine Nason who is tasked with trying to secure one of the rotating seats on the powerful 15-member council. Ireland last held a seat in 2001.
Amb Geraldine Byrne Nason at #UNSC speaking on sexual violence in conflict- "The majority of victims of #CRSV are marginalised women and girls, often living in rural areas beyond the reach of law enforcement and protection." pic.twitter.com/iefKzyxEgc— IrelandUnitedNations (@irishmissionun) April 16, 2018
Ireland is competing with Canada and Norway for the rotating seat. The Irish campaign officially kicks off July 2.
The Irish Independent reports that the “next day, the UN headquarters and surrounding areas are to be transformed into an ''Irish Pavilion'' between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive in New York City.”
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste Simon Coveney, former President Mary Robinson and Bono are spearheading the campaign for the Security Council.
Ambassador Nason has a tough job but there is a lot of support for Ireland say UN leaders.
"Ireland's peace-keeping record is well regarded and better than Norway and Canada and there is still some love for Ireland from the Mary Robinson era which may garner support from small island nations," said a UN source.