Overall we are on track to spend the funds entrusted to us by the public in the way we said we would, within the timeframe we outlined, and largely to the standards we set for ourselves. This is a real tribute to the women and men who have worked as part of Oxfam’s tsunami response, and to our partners and collaborators who continue to implement the programs long after they have disappeared from regular media view.
Europe is negotiating new trade deals with African, Caribbean, and 14 Pacific (ACP) countries. A true partnership in trade could radically transform the lives of one-third of all people living in poverty, providing farmers and small businesses with sustainable incomes and workers with decent jobs. But only if Europe chooses partnership over power politics.
Aceh, the northern-most province of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, suffered terribly in the tsunami of December 2004. The water washed over 800km of coastline, killing 169,000 people and leaving 600,000 homeless. In several areas, no buildings, roads, or trees were left standing. Large areas of land were permanently lost. Sumatra was then hit by an earthquake on 28 March 2005, killing almost another 1,000 people on Nias island.
On the eve of the G-20 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in Melbourne, the worldwide movement of men, women and children committed to eradicating extreme poverty continues to gain momentum. While their efforts in recent years have secured unprecedented action from world leaders, progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals continues to lag. Oxfam calls for urgent action at the G-20 meeting to get progress back on track.
This briefing paper by Oxfam New Zealand examines whether the conclusion of a comprehensive multilateral fisheries agreement, possibly as part of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) currently being negotiated with the European Union, could help remedy this imbalance, enabling Pacific nations to benefit more from their resource.
With the current collapse of the global Doha negotiations in the WTO, this paper from Oxfam argues that it’s important to investigate all options for trade agreements that meet the development needs of Small Island Developing States in the Pacific.
Presentation by Barry Coates, Executive Director, Oxfam New Zealand at the 2006 Pacific Civil Society Forum Nadi, Fiji. The presentation is a response to commitments made by Pacific Island Forum leaders at their 36th annual summit in Papua New Guinea.
Classrooms with teachers, clinics with nurses and running taps: for millions of people across the developing world these things are a distant dream. Yet it is these vital public services that are key to transforming the lives of people living in poverty.