World leaders made no real commitments to ensure universal access to prevention, treatment and care for AIDS at this week’s International AIDS conference in Vienna.
New York: Diplomats emerged today after spending half of the time allocated for the preliminary negotiations on a global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) with draft elements and principles for the future treaty. These included principles that, if implemented, would outlaw international arms supplies to grave human rights violators and to where they risk fuelling poverty and conflict. The Control Arms alliance expressed some satisfaction at progress made but urged governments to maximise time before the next meeting in 2011 to develop a draft treaty further.
HIV and AIDS women’s health advocates at the International AIDS Conference have criticised the lack of funding and policy support from international donors and governments for female condoms, which are a critical woman-initiated tool for fighting the HIV epidemic.
As preparations for the world AIDS conference in Vienna get underway, international agency Oxfam has called on world leaders to take steps to provide immediate access to HIV and AIDS treatment, care and prevention for the millions of poor people who need it.
New York: After years of relentless campaigning to ensure States negotiate a strong global treaty to regulate the arms trade, civil society groups have been denied participation in key discussions.
Irresponsible arms transfers fuel conflict, armed violence and human rights violations. Over 740,000 people have died annually directly or indirectly from armed violence in recent years. The start of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) negotiations in New York (July 12-23) represents a unique opportunity to save lives.
States must use every available minute to draw up a new international arms treaty that could save thousands of lives every year, NGOs from around the world said today as negotiators from 192 governments begin formal talks at the United Nations in New York.
Ten leading aid agencies today called for a 'surge' in the humanitarian effort to help 10 million people at risk of acute hunger across the Sahel region of West and Central Africa. The centre of the crisis is Niger, where seven million people, almost half the population, have not enough food. A further two million people in Chad and hundreds of thousands more in Mali, Mauritania, parts of Burkina Faso and the extreme north of Nigeria are also suffering as a result of the crisis.
As the next round of Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations get underway this week, international development agency Oxfam has called on the negotiating parties to ensure the Agreement does not erect new barriers that prevent generic medicines from reaching poor countries.
More than ten million people across West Africa are facing severe hunger and malnutrition because of drought, poor harvests and rising food prices, warns the international aid agency, Oxfam, which has launched an emergency appeal to help more than 800,000 of the most vulnerable people.