The G20 leading economies have sidelined development and food security at their summit in Los Cabos, international agency Oxfam said. Leaders were absorbed with disagreements about how to fix the Eurozone, and lost sight of developing countries reeling from aid cuts, climate change, and volatile food prices.
The Rio+20 Summit will fail if it agrees to current proposals, which risk worsening the divide between environment and development efforts, warned anti-poverty and environmental campaigners today.
With the UN Rio+20 talks effectively at a stalemate, Oxfam today calls on the Brazilian government to provide the leadership that is so urgently needed to rescue the Rio 92 Earth Summit legacy, and chart a path toward equitable and sustainable development.
Oxfam is calling on the G20 to support a financial transaction tax (FTT, know in many countries as a Robin Hood Tax) to help poor people hit by the economic crisis by allocating FTT revenues to development and climate change adaptation. The G20 also needs to curb financial speculation on food commodities, reverse biofuels policies that transform food into fuel and improve land rights.
Before connecting with Women on Farms Project, Jacoba felt isolated and powerless. The only examples of leadership she’d seen had been brutal white male landowners, and that style wasn’t reflected back when she looked in the mirror. But there are a lot of ways to be powerful. And that’s something that has become clear to Jacoba, who now sits on the board of Women on Farms Project.
Canadian aid agencies, under the banner of the HUMANITARIAN COALITION, are launching a joint appeal today to help the people of the Sahel region of West Africa survive drought and food shortages. More than 18 million people are at risk of severe hunger. The HUMANITARIAN COALITION urges Canadians to support this relief effort so that a catastrophe can be averted and lives can be saved in Niger, Mali, Chad, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Senegal, and The Gambia.
Since the first warnings of drought and poor harvests in Africa’s Sahel region in late 2011, communities in many areas have been threatened by a looming food crisis.
The Oxfam report, 'Stop a Bullet, Stop a War,' has been published ahead of this summer's Arms Trade Treaty negotiations in New York, where diplomats from around the world will gather to hammer out a new global agreement to regulate the trade of weapons and ammunition.
Today’s announcement of the "New Alliance to Increase Food and Nutrition Security" focuses too heavily on the role of the private sector to tackle the complex challenges of food insecurity in the developing world.
Almost a billion people on this planet — one in seven of us — are hungry. It is the kind of hunger that pushes men to leave their families in search of work, forces mothers to choose between food and medicine for their children and prevents the healthy development of a new generation. At Camp David May 18-19, the leaders of the eight richest countries can fulfill and build on their previous commitments to food security.
"After more than ten months of fighting, with no sign of peace, we're on the path from crisis to catastrophe. The coming rains could make life for refugees unbearable and bring the threat of waterborne disease. The world needs to wake up to the true cost of conflict for people who have already suffered so many years of war," Oxfam's Deputy Country Director for South Sudan, Johnson Byamukama said.
Civil Society Organizations issue joint reaction to the Guidelines on Land, Fisheries and Forests delivered today by the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS)
More than $2.2bn worth of arms and ammunition have been imported since 2000 to countries operating under arms embargoes, according to new figures released today by international humanitarian agency Oxfam. Oxfam says lack of global rules on arms trade is main factor for embargo violations.