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.
As New Zealand joins world leaders at the United Nations Millennium Development Goals summit in New York September 20-22, Oxfam urges the Government to honour its promise to help lift half the world’s poorest people out of poverty by 2015, starting right here in its backyard; the Pacific.
New Oxfam report shows halving world hunger by 2015 is still possible.
The world can halve global hunger within five years says a new Oxfam report launched today. The launch of ‘Halving World Hunger: Still Possible’ coincides with an announcement by the UN Food and Agriculture Committee (FAO) that the number of hungry people worldwide has dropped by 98 million to 925 million in the past year.
International aid agency Oxfam today warned of a public health catastrophe in flood-hit Pakistan. The aid agency said that while funding had stalled in recent weeks, the number of cases of reported disease, numbers of people displaced, and numbers of people affected by the floods continues to rise each day.
One month after the floods first reached disastrous levels in Pakistan, the flood waters continue to rise with 500,000 people forced to evacuate their homes in recent days. Many areas are still cut off and millions of people are in desperate need of immediate help. As the aid effort struggles to respond to the increasing catastrophe, international aid agency Oxfam today warned that reconstruction efforts must begin immediately to avoid devastating long-term consequences for the country.
Floods and heavy rains across Niger have destroyed crops less than two months before harvest, compounding the country’s existing food crisis.
Having described the floods as the most debilitating natural disaster in the country’s history, Pakistan’s government has requested international support. The government has suspended expenditures from its already meagre development budget and shifted its limited resources to the relief effort. The Pakistan Humanitarian Forum (PHF) urges the international community to play its part in meeting the immediate needs of millions of Pakistanis, as well as tens of thousands of Afghan refugees, and also warns that without long-term funding, rebuilding this devastated country will prove virtually impossible.
The World Food Programme (WFP) in Niger, the country worst hit by the West Africa food crisis, has been forced to make an “agonising” decision to abandon plans to provide emergency food to families with children over the age of two because of a huge funding shortfall, says international agency Oxfam.
Against the backdrop of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s visit to devastated areas of Pakistan, international aid agency Oxfam today says his visit is welcome as the humanitarian community struggles to cope with limited funds and a rapidly escalating crisis.
Continuous heavy rain has caused problems including flooding and landslides in at least 12 provinces in China since June, affecting 200 million people. Oxfam has been working in Guizhou and Yunnan in recent weeks, bringing badly needed relief to people affected by flooding there. Now we are focusing on relief and rehabilitation in Shaanxi province. Working with local partners, we are also assessing the situation in Zhouqu County of Gansu province, where a tragic mudslide has left thousands of people homeless.