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.
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.
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.
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.
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.