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