Trust Bono to contradict himself in the space of two sentences. Because unless I’m very much misinformed, ‘getting underway’ would constitute a change of state for the world. (Which, paranthetically, is not entirely in white either – at most, a good percentage of the northern hemisphere and a smaller percentage of the southern hemisphere are in white.)
And given that the song goes on to refer to breaking through and getting torn in two – both of which sound a lot like changes to me – it seems fairly apparent that a great many things change on New Year’s Day. It’s just that Bono being a pompous git isn’t one of them.