A new report from international agency Oxfam today reveals that 45 million extra children will die needlessly by 2015, because rich countries are failing to provide the necessary resources they promised to overcome poverty.
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The Finn Brothers and other international stars have joined the Oxfam Make Trade Fair campaign to highlight the plight of more than one billion people who are hungry and poor because of the crisis in world agricultural trade. Along with celebrities Bono, Chris Martin, Antonio Banderas, Minnie Driver and others, Tim and Neil Finn have donated to Oxfam's campaign a sequence of striking images of themselves being drenched with milk and showered with coffee, cocoa, feathers, wheat, sugar, rice and cotton.
Security in Darfur has deteriorated over the past two weeks leaving nearly 200,000 people in Darfur cut off from vital aid supplies. The last Security Council resolution on Darfur noted improved humanitarian access, but since then the situation has deteriorated and access is worse than it was four months ago, warned international agency Oxfam, on the eve of the UN Security Council's latest resolution on Sudan.
The UN Security Council has failed so far this year to respond adequately to conflicts in Africa, states a new report card released by international agency Oxfam today. Oxfam is urging the Council to put this record behind them as they meet in Nairobi tomorrow and Friday, and undertake a mission to the Great Lakes next week.
Donor governments are today being urged to pledge US $1.7 billion to the United Nations annual humanitarian appeal and help save the lives of millions trapped in 14 forgotten crises around the globe, by international agency Oxfam. Devastating conflicts in Sudan, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and many other countries mean that 13 million people are currently living as refugees and a further 25 million are displaced within their own countries.
More than a hundred thousand people are essentially being held captive by armed militias in West Darfur, international aid agency Oxfam reports today.
Innocent civilians are bearing the brunt of escalating violence in the Gaza Strip, according to development agency Oxfam New Zealand, which has today issued an urgent plea to the Government to act on the crisis.
Military spending and the global arms trade rose dramatically in 2003, international arms campaigners revealed as they marked the second worldwide Control Arms day on Saturday.The downward trend in arms sales has been reversed, with both 2001 and 2003 showing the first increases in the arms market in almost a decade. These figures come amid further calls for an international Arms Trade Treaty to regulate the export of arms across the globe.
Tony Blair's visit to Sudan must transform promises into concrete actions to help end the violent crisis in Darfur, according to international aid agency Oxfam today. Britain has generously funded humanitarian aid to Darfur. But it, like other governments, has failed in its attempts to end the atrocities in Darfur.
Ngungu, DRC: Renewed fighting in the volatile Kivu region of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has forced 20,000 people to flee their homes, according to international aid agency Oxfam. This new information comes as the UN Security Council discusses the fate of the UN's military presence in Eastern DRC this week.