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International agency Oxfam is gearing up to help the victims of severe flooding in the Northwest of Haiti following tropical storm Jeanne, which ravaged the island on the weekend.
Recent violence in South Darfur has led to mass movements of people and thousands of displaced people arriving at Gereida camp, according to international aid agency Oxfam.
International agency Oxfam today welcomed a ruling at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that the majority of the subsidies the EU and US pay their sugar and cotton farmers are illegal under WTO rules. In two separate cases brought by Brazil and other developing nations, the EU and US have been found guilty of paying subsidies that encourage overproduction and allow the dumping of excess farm produce overseas, which undermines the livelihoods of poor farmers in the third world.
Despite international attention and visits by foreign dignitaries the humanitarian situation in Darfur, Sudan and eastern Chad remains critical, warns international aid agency Oxfam today.
International aid agency Oxfam has sent another planeload of vital aid to help people in Darfur, Sudan. The aid includes water and sanitation equipment which will be used to provide clean drinking water and build over 1,000 toilets in Kalma camp in Darfur.
Oxfam has today called for the New Zealand government to take urgent action to keep Fiji's fragile garment industry alive in the face of the imminent loss of crucial trade preference arrangements with Australia. The call comes in conjunction with the release of Oxfam's report on the industry, which shows that even though garment industry jobs are poorly paid, they make a vital contribution to the economic well-being and social stability of the island nation.
International agency Oxfam today warned that there was little in a last-minute deal at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to guarantee reforms that would help the poorest countries. The talks were rescued from collapse at the 11th hour but many important decisions were postponed and there was much work still to be done if the round was to achieve the stated objective of making world trade fairer for developing countries, said Oxfam.
International agency Oxfam today described a new draft declaration issued by the WTO as deeply disappointing and not sufficient to meet the need of developing countries for fairer trade rules. The proposed deal would put the talks on the wrong track if accepted and could even cause them to collapse, warned Oxfam.
Geneva: International agency Oxfam today accused the United States of blocking progress on reform of global trade rules. US participation in the negotiations was characterised by intransigence and the pursuit of short term self interest, which could cause the current round to collapse, said Oxfam.