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Wherever we turn these days we are bombarded by images of food. Constant adverts, junk food on every corner, marketing to kids, cooking shows and celebrity chefs. We may feel like we have more choice but it’s not making us healthier. We are experiencing a growing problem of obesity and related disease. Last week there were alarm bells over high sugar levels in drinks from an unexpected source - Coca Cola.
Next month, UN member states will gather to negotiate what might be the most important international agreement you’ve never heard of: the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). In a world with tight international regulation of everything from apples to iPods, it’s hard to believe there are no global controls on the international arms trade. The ATT seeks to remedy this by establishing common minimum standards for international arms transfers.
As published in the Dominion Post, 2 June 2011. There are some problems so big and so entrenched it is easy to believe they will never be solved. Hunger is one of these problems.
In this opinion piece published in the Dominion Post on the centenary of International Women's Day, Annie Lennox explains that men and women are still not equal, and that the concept of feminism and its principles of equality and anti-sexism need to be refreshed and reclaimed by a new generation. Feminism shouldn't be an F word, it should be embraced. She also discusses the formation of the EQUALS coalition which aims to re-open the debate about equality.
An opinion piece published in Christchurch's The Press today, by Barry Coates, Executive Director of Oxfam New Zealand that discusses the difficult issues that are still be solved at the climate talks in Cancun, and hopes that the arrival of government ministers from around the world will mean that the political decisions that are needed can be made.
For most of us, the Pacific means exotic islands where the people are happy, beaches are lined with coconut palms and there is a unique genetic sequence for rugby players. In many ways the Pacific has huge wealth – natural resources, cultural diversity and resilient, capable people. These are vital ingredients for a decent standard of living for all.
According to research, Vanuatu is the happiest country on earth. That hasn’t been evident when the Pacific leaders gathered this week in Vanuatu. There are some dark clouds gathering over the sunny Pacific isles.
Barry Coates, Executive Director of Oxfam New Zealand, has written an opinion piece published in the Dominion Post. Barry is writing from the 41st Pacific Islands Forum held in Vanuatu, from the 3rd to the 6th of August 2010. Barry writes that we need to support our Pacific neighbours with trade agreements that are fair, and with a larger contribution of overseas aid.
Martha Wainwright is a Canadian singer/songwriter. She has joined up with Scottish rockers Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill on a new version of their iconic Simple Minds song ‘Promised You a Miracle’, launching worldwide this month [May 2010]. The new acoustic version of the 1982 hit single has been recorded for international development agency Oxfam as an appeal to world leaders to prevent the needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of women who die because of complications in pregnancy and childbirth.