Highlights from Bill Gates' Q&A with Global Citizen
What Bill said, what it looked like, even what it sounded like!
I've spent the last week getting all excited about hearing Bill Gates speak with global citizens in London, and today was the big day. It happened! And it was good.
Bill and BBC Radio 1 host Greg James spent around 45 minutes chatting at Facebook's London office, with Bill answering questions from the audience, video questions from around the world, questions submitted via facebook, and questions from famous faces such as Facebook Chief Operations Officer Sheryl Sandberg, and Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard. Questions galore!
Here are some of the highlights from Bill Gates' responses. And further down on this page, there's a link that'll enable you to watch the whole thing.
On what's possible in poverty eradication between now and 2030:
On being ambitious and daring when it comes to wiping out malaria, which is currently killing hundreds of thousands of people every year:
On women and girls, and their importance in the fight to end extreme poverty:
What young people can do to be part of the global citizen movement, something that's more important than money:
About how the UK Government's aid budget, now at 0.7% of the UK's gross national income, influences the rest of the world:
On what it'll take to cut the greenhouse gas emissions that are driving climate change and making impoverished communities very vulnerable:
On progress in Africa:
About the effort to wipe polio out, and how soon we can potentially win:
So many ideas were flying around the room today, and these were just some of them. The whole Q&A was streamed live through the Global Citizen Facebook page, and here's the full video below. Enjoy!
Disclosure: Bill Gates is the co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a funding partner of Global Citizen.
Editor's note: This piece has been updated to include a disclosure that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a funding partner of Global Citizen. We regret the oversight.