Three months after floods devastated Pakistan, cases of disease are increasing and in the worst-hit region, the southern province of Sindh, large areas remain underwater. At the same time, warned the international aid agency, Oxfam, funds for the UN flood appeal are drying up and threatening the aid and reconstruction effort. As winter approaches, seven million people are still without adequate shelter.
Oxfam starts its initial assistance today in two of the worst-affected districts in Ha Tinh province, central Vietnam, where torrential rain has brought severe flooding to one of the poorest and most disaster-prone parts of the country.
In a new report released today, Oxfam exposes the weaknesses in New Zealand company law that enabled unscrupulous international arms brokers to drag the country into the deadly business of the illegal arms trade, highlighting the urgent need for a global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).
A new Oxfam report highlights that while the olive oil sector generates income and employment in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), numerous obstacles ranging from a lack of investment in farming practices to the impact of settler violence are stifling its true potential.
The international aid agency Oxfam today called for Pakistan's $55bn debt to be dropped. Oxfam said that the debt must be cancelled because of the level of destruction caused by the recent unprecedented flooding and the massive costs of immediate relief and longer term reconstruction. The call comes in advance of the Friends of Democratic Pakistan meeting today (Friday 15 October) in Brussels, when Foreign Ministers will address the country's short and long term needs.
The international climate negotiations in Copenhagen last year were a disappointment, but that doesn’t mean the problem has gone away or that the movement to tackle it has dissipated. From October 10-17, millions of people around the world will be joining the Global Week of Action on Climate Change.