The systemic failure of big Australasian clothing brands to bring an end to the payment of poverty wages is denying the workers who make our clothes even the basics of a decent life, new research released by Oxfam today has revealed.
Responding to the release of the Tax Working Group’s final report, Oxfam New Zealand’s executive director Rachael Le Mesurier said:
“Oxfam New Zealand welcomes the Tax Working Group’s efforts to examine our tax system to make sure it treats everyone fairly. It is time the New Zealand government fully used one of our most powerful tools for reducing inequality – our tax system. The recommendations from the Tax Working Group for a capital gains tax start this important work.
Education and income-generating opportunities must be made top priorities for the nearly 1 million Rohingya still languishing in the world’s largest refugee camp almost 18 months after fleeing violence and persecution in Myanmar, said three leading NGOs at the launch of a new UN funding plan for the crisis launched in Geneva today.
Oxfam has opened the largest human waste treatment plant ever built in a refugee camp, in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. The industrial-scale plant, funded by the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, can process the waste of 150,000 people - a population bigger than Tauranga.
Oxfam International executive director Winnie Byanyima and New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern have met to discuss global and New Zealand issues including the upcoming national well-being budget and global inequality.
A global humanitarian catastrophe can still be averted if governments make climate action a priority, said Oxfam today ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland from 2 – 14th December.
As the one-month anniversary of the Indonesian earthquake and tsunami approaches on Sunday 28 October, international aid agency Oxfam is warning of a heightened risk of disease and landslides due to the monsoon season.
The emergency system for distributing clean water in Palu is under strain to meet demand as thousands of people spend an eleventh night sleeping outdoors after a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, Oxfam warned today.
Commenting on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change special report on limiting warming to 1.5C released today, Oxfam New Zealand Executive Director Rachael Le Mesurier said:
Oxfam water treatment units and purification kits are en route to Palu, Sulawesi, with clean water in short supply after the deadly Indonesia earthquake and tsunami.