From Africasia, this AFP story made record of the speech.
"All that is required is that governments hold their nerve in the face of fear, intolerance, short-termism and stupidity while planning together a way out of this mess," Geldof said.
"We will get there. This moment will pass. There will be great pain and there will be great depravation before it all ends -- but end it will.
"And we hasten that end by removing one of the causes in this moment's conception -- the unheeding of the poor."
Geldof joked he had not worn sunglasses to hide his "swollen" left eye -- the result of an insect bite suffered on a recent visit to Africa -- "because you would've confused me with (U2 frontman) Bono, which is easy to do."