July 22, 2004

In a detailed analysis released today, international agency Oxfam is sharply critical of the draft framework for negotiations set to be discussed at next week's General Council meeting of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

July 19, 2004

International agency Oxfam today described a draft World Trade Organisation (WTO) declaration on reforming global trade rules as "disappointing" and unlikely to deliver substantive change that benefits poor countries. The WTO released the text ahead of its General Council Meeting due to take place at the end of the month.

July 15, 2004

International aid agency Oxfam today said that a humanitarian disaster is unfolding in Chad with conditions rapidly deteriorating in the refugee camps following heavy rains. Thousands of people have taken refuge in Chad from neighbouring Darfur, Western Sudan. The warning comes as the African Union prepare to hold peace talks on Darfur in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia today.

July 12, 2004

Global security will not be achieved unless issues such as HIV/AIDS, racism and the gap between rich and poor are addressed, according to the 300 young leaders from across the world attending the Oxfam International Youth Parliament. As the Oxfam International Youth Parliament 2004 (OIYP2004) comes to a close today in Sydney, the young men and women from over 100 countries, including Australia, prepare for their next task of implementing an action plan for change in their own country over the next two years.

July 9, 2004

Oxfam is sending a plane today, carrying NZ$450,000 worth of emergency aid to help thousands of refugees who have fled the violence in Darfur, Sudan. The plane is carrying materials to construct emergency water and sanitation facilities for over 35,000 refugees.

July 7, 2004

This week is the true test of world leaders' commitment to solving the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, as the United Nations Security Council hears first hand accounts of Kofi Annan's visit to the region.

July 5, 2004

Four young people from New Zealand will be among the 300 emerging young leaders from across the globe meeting in Sydney this week for the Oxfam International Youth Parliament 2004 (OIYP2004). The meeting will bring together the world's dynamic leaders from 113 countries - aged between 18 and 25 - to develop practical solutions for global issues of poverty, conflict and violence, which they will then put into action in their own countries and communities.

June 28, 2004

Registration is now open for Oxfam New Zealand's latest Charity Challenge, a 13-day, trekking adventure to raise funds for projects in South East Asia and the Pacific. The 'Borneo Bushwacka Challenge' will take adventurers through some of South East Asia's most breath-taking regions in June 2005.

June 25, 2004

International agency Oxfam is doubling the size of their programme in western Sudan and Chad. Oxfam are currently providing emergency assistance to 171,000 displaced people in Sudan and 45,000 in Chad. The enlarged relief programme will enable Oxfam to help more than twice that number.

June 22, 2004

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.