The United Nations planned to launch a new Internet site today to fight hunger and poverty worldwide by making it easier for donors to contribute their time or money.
President Clinton, former South African President Nelson Mandela and British Prime Minister Tony Blair were to help open the site, NetAid, through satellite appearances.
Three rock concerts Oct. 9 in East Rutherford, N.J.; London and Geneva will boost the U.N. fund-raising effort.
U2's Bono, David Bowie, George Michael, Counting Crows and Jewel are among the musicians scheduled to perform. VH1 and MTV cable networks will broadcast the concerts in the United States, while British Broadcasting Corp. will carry the concerts in the United Kingdom.
Before the U.N. concerts, visitors to the site can make donations and register to help at www.netaid.org. Eventually, organizers expect to offer such features as online pen pals, discussion groups and direct links to organizations that fight hunger and poverty.