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Tuesday, April 27, 1999 Published at 16:30 GMT 17:30 UK


From Live Aid to Net Aid

Live Aid was watched by 1.5 billion people in 1985

Sting and Celine Dion have been approached to play a massive world-wide charity concert in aid of eradicating world poverty.

Net Aid is being organised of Sir Harvey Goldsmith - who put together 1985's Live Aid show - and will take place simultaneously in London, Geneva and New York on 9 October.

The three shows, which will be broadcast live on TV and on the Internet, are being organised by the United Nations Development Fund and Internet company Cisco Systems.

The project was launched in New York by entertainer Harry Belafonte, who is co-chair of the UNDP's Poverty Eradication Committee, and actor Danny Glover, a UNDP goodwill ambassador.

[ image: Sting: Played at Live Aid, wanted for Net Aid]
Sting: Played at Live Aid, wanted for Net Aid
Performers will give their services for free to the concert and viewers will be able to pledge cash over the Internet to help the United Nations' drive to eradicate world poverty by 2006.

U2 and Grammy-winner Lauryn Hill are also in talks with organisers, as are US singers Jewel and John Mellencamp. U2 singer Bono is currently involved with the charity Jubilee 2000, which aims to wipe out third world debt.

At one point during the show, acts at all three venues - Wembley Stadium in London, the Giants Stadium in New York and the Opera House in Geneva - will perform simultaneously.

Sir Harvey Goldsmith organised Live Aid in 1985, which was held simultaneously in London and Philadelphia, as a response to the famine in Ethiopia. U2 shot to world-wide fame after the show, which also included Queen, Madonna, Elton John, Phil Collins and Eric Clapton.

It followed on from the success of the Band Aid single Do They Know It's Christmas?, which was put together by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure. It raised 120m through a world-wide TV audience of 1.5 billion.

The new concert will benefit the United Nations Development Programme, which seeks to eliminate poverty and help people to help themselves in 174 countries and territories around the world.

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