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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 July, 2005, 16:57 GMT 17:57 UK
Geldof nominated for Nobel Prize
Bob Geldof with Commission for Africa report
Bob Geldof is currently in Scotland for the G8 summit
Live8 organiser Bob Geldof has been nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.

Norwegian MP Jan Simonsen said he was making the nomination due to Geldof's work to help poor nations.

The prize is awarded annually by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, but the deadline for nominations for the 2005 prize has passed.

World leaders are at the G8 summit in Scotland to discuss aid for Africa, following the weekend's Live 8 shows.

"Bob Geldof took the initiative in July 2005 to arrange a string of rock concerts to focus on the problems of poor nations, and pressure the world's leading politicians to take actions in fighting poverty," Mr Simonsen said in a statement.

Those qualified to nominate candidates include members of national parliaments around the world.

Geldof has said that the Live 8 day of concerts and protests had been "full of hope and possibility and life".

Shows were held in 10 cities, including London, Philadelphia, Paris, Berlin, Johannesburg, Rome and Moscow.

A further concert is scheduled to take place in Edinburgh on Wednesday.

Campaigner

The events were designed to put pressure on the G8 leaders who are meeting next week in Gleneagles in Scotland.

Geldof added of the concerts: "Mahatma Gandhi freed a continent, Martin Luther King freed a people, Nelson Mandela freed a country. It does work. They will listen."

Geldof fronted punk rock group The Boomtown Rats in the 70s and early 80s, and organised the original concerts to raise money for Africa, Live Aid, in 1985.

Since then he has campaigned to end African poverty. His Commission For Africa report, which was published in March, recommended debt cancellation, increased aid and fairer trade laws.

But Geldof says he is a reluctant campaigner, dubbing himself "Mr Bloody Africa" in January and insisting that being a musician as his "real job".


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