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  •  Evacuation sign showing the way to Tsunami safety points

    Ten years on, the Indian Ocean Tsunami response reveals how people in crises can be helped by timely funding, says Oxfam

  • Oxfam Canada welcomes the passing of the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act. The Act requires oil, mining and gas companies to report annually on taxes, royalties and payment made to governments. Oxfam now calls on the government to ensure that any resulting regulations or administrative documents only add to the transparency requirements of the sector.

  • Oxfam Canada welcomes today’s announcement restoring diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States.

  • “Negotiators have managed to get the boat in the water from Lima’s shores without sinking, but choppy seas are ahead before they reach Paris,” said Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International. “This outcome can only be read as a call to action for people around the world."

  • South Sudan: Millions at risk from hunger as conflict threatens to escalate. A year after the fighting started in South Sudan the country remains in a severe food crisis with up to 2.5 million people estimated to be at risk of hunger if the conflict continues, Oxfam warns.

  • Oxfam rapid assessment teams have been deployed to survey the immediate needs of evacuees forced to flee tropical storm Hagupit, to ensure those who have lost their homes don’t lose their health as well. Working in with the International Organization for Migration in coordination with local government units, Oxfam today began visits to 20 of the 56 evacuations centers in the city of Tacloban, focusing on the need for clean water and sanitation.

  • Typhoon Hagupit: Oxfam is ready with emergency assistance.  We have seen in this crisis that disaster preparednesss saves lives. Oxfam is on the ground. Its rapid assessment teams, comprised of experts in livelihoods, water and sanitation, protection and gender, are ready to be deployed in affected areas. Oxfam Canada has pledged funds to support humanitarian work in the wake of Typhoon Hagupit.

  • Over 30 international organizations are calling on governments meeting in Geneva on December 9th to commit to offer sanctuary to at least 5 per cent of the most vulnerable refugees from Syria by the end of 2015. More than 3 million refugees have fled from Syria to neighbouring countries.

  • Efforts to contain the spread of Ebola through poorly implemented mass quarantine of communities in Sierra Leone are causing unnecessary hardship and are at risk of further spreading the deadly disease warned international agency Oxfam today.

     "The Ebola crisis is far from over and in Sierra Leone, the number of new cases continues to rise," said Oxfam Canada's Humanitarian Manager Ann Witteveen. "While extraordinary efforts are needed to curtail the spread of the disease we must be really careful that we implement these with adequate support and forethought so that they don’t cause even more suffering and hardship as people try to cope with the impact of Ebola on their livelihoods.”

  • In a new report, Breaking the Standoff, Oxfam details how current pledges are out of step with the magnitude of need in developing countries and calls on world leaders to outline a robust new strategy to boost climate finance. Developed countries promised to mobilize $100 billion per year in climate finance by 2020, but headway in mobilizing that funding has been slow.

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