2009 News

December 24, 2009

By the fifth anniversary of the 2004 Asian tsunami, December 26, 2009, international agency Oxfam will close the last few remaining tsunami aid projects having helped approximately 2.5 million people. The tsunami response was the largest aid effort Oxfam has ever undertaken in its 67-year history.

December 21, 2009

The UN climate talks must be rescued from the shambles of Copenhagen by revolutionising the way the negotiations are carried out so that a deal can be delivered in 2010 and the chaos witnessed in Copenhagen is never repeated, said Oxfam today.

December 19, 2009

The ‘climate deal’ announced in Copenhagen today is a triumph of spin over substance said Oxfam International. The agreement – which was announced by the US, India, China and South Africa - has not been endorsed by the EU and many other countries.

December 18, 2009

Leaked documents emerged today from the United Nations that suggest current proposals for a climate deal would result in a three degree increase in the planet’s temperature.

December 17, 2009

International agency Oxfam has welcomed the announcement by international drug purchasing agency UNITAID to create a patent pool for HIV drugs. Millions of poor people will now have access to cheaper, more appropriate medicines.

December 17, 2009

November rains that were expected to ease the hunger crisis in East Africa have failed yet again in some of the worst hit areas, international aid agency Oxfam warned today, as it appealed for more funds to boost its aid package for those in need.  

December 16, 2009

As Heads of State arrive in Copenhagen, the climate talks are in crisis – rather than having a few key issues to be resolved by Ministers, almost the whole agenda has been kicked up to the political level.

December 15, 2009

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson, former UN Commissioner for Human Rights, delivered a global verdict on the human cost of climate change yesterday. The judgment was passed at the world’s first international climate hearing, hosted by Oxfam International during Humanitarian Day at the Copenhagen Climate Summit. It was later passed to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer, to ensure its delivery to the 192 countries currently negotiating the climate deal.

December 15, 2009

The official outcome of two years of climate negotiations was released at the UN climate talks in Copenhagen today. The results of discussions in two parallel negotiating tracks showed some progress on the detail but left all the big questions unanswered, including what legal form the agreement in Copenhagen will take, the scale of the climate finance package, and the level of rich country emissions reductions.

December 15, 2009
African countries suspended climate talks in Copenhagen Monday as rich countries reluctance to discuss binding emissions reductions brought chaos to the negotiations. The talks resumed after a half-day suspension.