Oxfam International

Oxfam International is a confederation of 13 like-minded organizations working together and with partners and allies around the world to bring about lasting change. Oxfam works directly with communities and that seeks to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Poverty and Unemployment Fuel the Conflict According to 70% of Afghans, New Oxfam Research Shows
Seventy per cent of Afghans surveyed see poverty and unemployment as the major cause of the conflict in their country, according to new research by international aid agency Oxfam and a group of Afghan organisations. Ordinary Afghans blame government weakness and corruption as the second most important factor behind the fighting, with the Taliban coming third, followed by interference by neighboring countries.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Developing Countries Rebuff Denmark's Push for Delay in Copenhagen
Recent attempts by rich countries to postpone a binding climate agreement hit the rocks at a meeting of Environment Ministers in Copenhagen today, as vulnerable developing countries made clear that delay was not an option. The two day meeting in the city had intended to map out what the global climate deal – due to be agreed in December – will look like.
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Friday, November 13, 2009
Worlds Ministers meet in Copenhagen ahead of Climate Summit
Environment Ministers from 45 countries will be gathering in Copenhagen on 16 and 17 November to map out what the global climate deal will look like. The meeting is an important opportunity to for rich countries to get the UN Climate Summit off on the right track and show poor countries that there is still a deal worth fighting for.
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Thursday, November 12, 2009
Leaders Urged to Salvage UN World Food Summit as Hopes for Action on Hunger Fade
Monday's UN World Food Summit in Rome (16-18th) could be a waste of time and money unless world leaders intervene now to salvage it. Governments are at risk of throwing away a great chance to stop more than one billion people going hungry. The current declaration finalized Tuesday night (10th) says little new. Meanwhile, this summer's G8 pledge of $20 billion to tackle hunger appears to have been grossly overstated. The new money amounts to little more than a one-off payment of around $3 for each hungry person - barely enough for a single hot meal.
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Friday, November 06, 2009
Rich Countries Must Step out From US Shadow and Do the Right Thing for World's Poor
Oxfam today warned that EU countries must cut themselves loose from the US or risk losing a groundbreaking climate deal that has been two years in the making. The aid agency says a fair and safe deal can be struck in Copenhagen this year, but world leaders cannot wait whilst the US plays catch-up.
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Thursday, November 05, 2009
EU Says Hopes Are Fading for a Legally Binding Climate Deal in Copenhagen
Responding to the announcement by the EU that hopes are fading for a legally binding climate deal in Copenhagen, Antonio Hill, climate advisor for Oxfam International said: "Today is ground-hog day. We have been here before. Two years ago, rich nations promised to deliver a legally binding climate deal in Copenhagen. Now rich countries have admitted to back pedaling in order to accommodate the US .
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Monday, November 02, 2009
Finance Ball Shifts to US Court as Climate Talks Kick off in Barcelona
Oxfam called on the US to join Europe in laying its climate finance cards on the table as international climate talks opened in Barcelona today. Real progress on climate finance is possible for the first time after European leaders, meeting in Brussels on Friday, outlined their proposal for how much public money should be made available to help poor countries tackle climate change. The lack of concrete figures on finance - a make or break issue in the talks - has stalled negotiations on climate finance for years.
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Friday, October 30, 2009
The EU is Treating Climate Deal Like an E-Bay Novice
The European Union’s suggestion today of global public financing worth €22-€50 billion per year for developing countries to tackle climate change falls short of what is needed, says international agency Oxfam. Europe’s bid is not enough and comes with a fatal flaw – there is no guarantee that this money would be “new” and not diverted from existing aid commitments. “This is not yet a break-through for a climate deal. But the EU has shown that real numbers can now be negotiated,” said Elise Ford, head of Oxfam International’s Brussels office.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
EU Double Standards Threaten to Leave Poor Countries without Medicines
New report by Oxfam International and Health Action International Europe. The European Union is contradicting world trade rules by putting the interests of big drug companies before the 2 billion people in the world who cannot access essential medicines, according to a new report issued today by Oxfam International and Health Action International Europe. The EU’s actions also undermine its obligations to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, as well as World Trade Organization agreements.
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Thursday, October 15, 2009
Looming Food Crisis in Cambodia’s Flood Affected Regions
A food crisis is looming in flood affected communities in Cambodia, international aid agency Oxfam warns. Oxfam estimates that 100,000 people are affected by the floods and 15,000 households are in need of immediate food assistance. Oxfam expects the situations to worsen if no coordination and urgent action are taken to deliver food assistance. Thus, Oxfam urges relevant government bodies, UN agencies, and other humanitarian organizations to find solutions to the food shortages.
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