Oxfam New Zealand Executive Director Barry Coates wrote from Bangkok, where he was sitting in on climate negotiations in the lead up to December's UN climate change conference in Copenhagen.
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The recent droughts and seasonal changes in Uganda have created a living hell for pastoralists in Kotido, one of the five districts of the Karamoja region. Pastoralists have been forced to migrate to relatively wetter and greener Abim district and sometimes to the further off Pader district in order to graze their animals where water and pasture are running out as well.
Kus, Juri and April are from a very poor part of Lombok. They are just 15, 16 and 17 years old. Their families are uneducated and work the land. Their village was approached by an agent of the human trafficking gangs (mafia) and the girls were offered “waitress training and work in a 5 star hotel”.
24 March 2009
Mohammed Ali, Oxfam’s Advocacy and Media Researcher, reports on the Israeli military operation from his home in Gaza city .
School teacher Tangaroa Arobati, from the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati, has a deep respect for the power of the ocean. As a teenager, he was lost at sea with two companions, drifting in a fishing boat for 29 days. Today, living at Teaoraereke on Tarawa atoll, his concerns about the ocean focus on climate change and sea level rise.
The UN climate conference in Poznan was meant to be a key milestone between the start of negotiations in Bali last year and their conclusion at Copenhagen next year. But it has exposed a shameful lack of progress. By Poznan, developed nations (the 41 Annex 1 parties, including New Zealand, as categorised by the UN) were meant to have submitted proposals on emissions reductions, finance and technology; they have failed to do so.
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"The situation is at its breaking point in Gonaives," reported Oxfam’s Charlie Rowley early Sunday, just back from the all but wiped-out town in Haiti. "There are very few, if any, coping mechanisms left for the people there. Whatever food and clean water there was in the town is gone"
The common image of climate change in the Pacific is of inundated atolls, but impacts extend far beyond rising sea levels. Oxfam works with subsistence farming communities in Papua New Guinea who tell us about the changes they’re experiencing. Hundreds of generations of farming knowledge can no longer guarantee them a stable food supply.