A new report from international aid agency Oxfam reveals how the governments that are the major proponents of the "war on terror" are flooding the world's poorest countries with weapons, despite promising to assess the effect of weapon sales on poverty.
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Oxfam said that last night's ruling at the WTO against the US cotton subsidy regime vindicates the claims by Brazil and West African countries that US subsidies depress cotton prices and harm cotton farmers around the world. Today's WTO ruling confirms the preliminary ruling last month in favour of Brazil against the $3.2 billion US cotton program. Brazil's claim was supported by four West African countries.
International agency Oxfam said today that stalled global trade talks could be revived this month as a result of renewed cooperation between key countries, including the European Union, United States and the G20. But there was only a short time to do a lot of work, the agency warned.
Oxfam is sending a plane carrying $NZ 580,000 of emergency water and sanitation equipment to Chad to help thousands of refugees forced from their villages in the Darfur region of western Sudan.
The world's most powerful leaders fell short of the grade at this year's G8, the international agency Oxfam today said. The Leaders spoke welcome words, but made little progress on fulfilling the lofty promises they made two years ago at Kananaskis.
International development agency, Oxfam New Zealand today welcomed the proposal by the G8 to cancel $NZ 145 billion of Iraq's foreign debt. But Oxfam NZ Executive Director, Barry Coates pointed out the deep inconsistency in the G8's approach. African countries have waited for more than two decades for debt cancellation. Now they are being offered a pittance as a sweetener to persuade other countries to back the US proposal on Iraq debt.
Oxfam has today urged the New Zealand government to contribute to the relief effort in western Sudan and Chad on the eve of an emergency meeting in Geneva to discuss the crisis.
"Don't start celebrating yet. There are still one million people who have been terrorised and have fled from their homes in western Sudan" is the message from international development agency Oxfam New Zealand, as it welcomes the peace deal covering the conflict in the South.
Oxfam has today launched a public appeal for funds to avert a humanitarian disaster in Sudan. The lives of over a million people are at risk in the vast region of Darfur in Western Sudan. They have fled from the militias who have burnt their homes, destroyed their crops and stolen their cattle. Now they are struggling to survive in refugee camps or living off the generosity of local communities. But food, water, shelter and other resources are about to run out. Massive assistance is needed to avert a major humanitarian disaster.
Ato (Mr) Tadesse Meskela Gudeta, agricultural economist and manager of the Oromiya Coffee Farmers’ Cooperatives Societies Union in Ethiopia, will feature in a speaking tour around New Zealand as part of Fair Trade Week – a joint initiative between Oxfam New Zealand and Trade Aid, with the support of NZAID. Ato Tadesse will give a first hand account of the worst ever coffee crisis that is affecting 25 million farmers and their families around the world.