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Conflict-ravaged countries pushed into “debt traps” by climate funding

Oxfam found that over half of climate finance reported by rich countries could put fragile states in more debt Global climate finance levels are woefully insufficient to keep warming below 1.5°C or protect people from the devastating impacts of climate breakdown —and this gap is particularly evident in countries mired in conflict or that are […]

New climate and tax taskforce must make rich polluters pay

In response to the launch by France and Kenya of an international taxation taskforce at COP28 to push for new levies to raise further money for climate action, Nafkote Dabi, Oxfam International’s Climate Change Policy Lead, said: “While the will to move the international tax agenda towards raising critical new funds for countries most affected […]

Oxfam reaction to renewal of hostilities in Gaza; humanitarian pause ends

Reacting to news today that the humanitarian pause agreed between the Government of Israel and Hamas has ended, with renewed hostilities, Oxfam Humanitarian Director Marta Valdes Garcia said: “While Oxfam welcomes the release of Israeli and foreign national hostages back to their families during the pause, and the reuniting of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in […]

Aid agencies ramp up calls on PM and Minister Wong for permanent ceasefire as pause in Gaza extended by two days

As a four-day humanitarian pause ends in Gaza with an extension of two days, aid agencies supporting humanitarian work there are in Canberra stepping up calls on Prime Minister Albanese and Minister Wong to push for an immediate and permanent ceasefire. With the brief break in fighting, Oxfam Australia, Islamic Relief Australia, ActionAid Australia, Union […]

Babies dying from preventable causes in besieged Gaza

Premature births increase by up to a third in the last month  The collapse of Gaza’s hospitals and healthcare system, coupled with the catastrophic living conditions, is resulting in babies dying of preventable causes, Oxfam warned today.   Newborns up to three months old are dying of diarrhoea, hypothermia, dehydration and infection as mothers have little […]

Shoppers want Australian clothing brands to do better by garment workers, as industry doubles profits in a year: Oxfam’s fashion wake-up call

New Oxfam polling published today shows consumers don’t trust Australian fashion brands making claims about the treatment of overseas garment workers in their supply chains, as the industry recorded a staggering $2 billion in expected profits and Bangladeshi workers campaign for better wages. As Australians prepare to hit the shops to start Christmas shopping on […]

Gaza humanitarian pause “a band-aid to a bleeding wound”: Oxfam

In response to the announcement of the release of hostages and prisoners, and of the four-day humanitarian pause to escalated hostilities in Gaza, agreed today between Hamas and the Government of Israel, Oxfam’s Humanitarian Director, Marta Valdez Garcia, said: “We celebrate that fact that a number of the Israeli and foreign national hostages will be […]

Richest 1% emit as much planet-heating pollution as two-thirds of humanity

Richest 1% of Australians emit 17 times more than the populations of Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Kiribati combined The richest 1 percent of the world’s population produced as much carbon pollution in 2019 than the five billion people who made up the poorest two-thirds of humanity, reveals a new Oxfam report today. It […]

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