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.
New Zealand has an important role to play in a historic opportunity to provide a fresh start for the world's poor. Since the 1970s, a mountain of unpayable debt has trapped the world's poorest countries in a cycle of debt and poverty. Finally, after decades of half measures, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown has broken ranks and committed to cancel the share of the multilateral debts owed to Britain.
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.