2010 News

December 31, 2010

Thank you for your support in 2010. Let’s take a quick look at the difference you make in numbers.

December 22, 2010

Oxfam is today scaling up its aid effort to reach 200,000 people affected by the severe floods that have hit Colombia in recent weeks. The floods have affected more than two million people in 28 out of 32 districts in the country. The agency called on the international community for an increased aid response to the emergency, warning that the heavy rains are expected to continue for many more weeks.

December 12, 2010
The UN climate talks are off the life-support machine, following a last-minute agreement that gives the Kyoto Protocol a lifeline, says international agency Oxfam. It establishes a global Climate Fund and, while falling short of the emissions cuts needed, lays out a path to move towards them – edging the world closer to the global deal that eluded last year’s summit in Copenhagen.
December 10, 2010

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.

December 10, 2010
National self-interest and brinkmanship must not be allowed to sabotage the Cancun climate talks and risk reversing the progress made over the past two weeks, warned Oxfam on the penultimate day of the increasingly volatile summit. The warning comes as key countries like the US and Japan refuse to move on important decisions that are hampering hopes for an ambitious deal on climate finance and mitigation.
December 7, 2010
Halfway through the Cancun climate talks, negotiators have an opportunity to make real progress on a fair global Climate Fund and climate finance, said Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and Honorary President of Oxfam. At a mid-way press conference to assess progress so far in the negotiations, Robinson stressed the importance of redoubling efforts to make concrete decisions on these issues to deliver results that protect poor people who are most vulnerable to climate threats.
December 2, 2010
The world is worried about the UN climate change negotiations in Cancun. Many experts doubt the UN has what it takes to address the greatest threat to humanity we have ever faced. That is why I am in Cancun: to remind world leaders that a growing global movement is calling for more ethical and enlightened approaches. We’re calling for climate justice.
November 29, 2010

Negotiators must begin UN climate talks with far more urgency and resolve following a year of weather-related disasters, record temperatures, flooding and rising sea levels, international agency Oxfam said today. Weather-related disasters have devastated the lives of poor people during 2010. A new Oxfam report "Now More Than Ever: Climate talks that work for those who need them most", says that 21,000 people died due to weather-related disasters in the first nine months of 2010 - more than twice the number for the whole of 2009.

November 26, 2010

Women in the Pacific experience some of the highest rates of sexual and gender-based violence in the world. There is hope for the future and it will be seen when the women of Papua New Guinea take to the streets to voice their struggle as part of a 16 day international demonstration against violence to women.

November 23, 2010
Oxfam Global Ambassador and photographer Helena Christensen has completed a visit to Nepal with international agency Oxfam to raise awareness through her photography of the effects of climate change.  Helena saw firsthand how poor communities desperately need financial aid in order to help them adapt to the effects of climate change.