August 6, 2004

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.

August 1, 2004

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.

July 31, 2004

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.

July 29, 2004

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.

July 28, 2004

International agency Oxfam today accused rich country members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) of carrying out untransparent negotiations behind closed doors and souring the chances of a successful outcome to the talks that began today in Geneva.

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.