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Closing the Gap needs investment and reforms

Commenting on the release today of new Closing the Gap targets to improve equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said: “Oxfam Australia urges all Australian governments to back up their support for the new Closing the Gap targets with investment and law reform to tackle the stark […]

Gas is a very unstable foundation on which to rebuild from coronavirus crisis

As the recovery from COVID-19 begins, investing in gas will entrench the same problems as coal, including high energy costs, climate damage and pollution, violations of land rights, and a concentration of wealth, a new briefing from Oxfam Australia shows. Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said the briefing paper, “Australia’s energy future & the […]

COP26 conference postponement should not delay urgent climate action

Responding to the announcement that the UN Climate Summit is being pushed back to November 2021 – a year after it was originally scheduled – Oxfam Australia Advocacy and Campaigns Manager Conor Costello said: “The postponement should not delay urgently needed action on climate change which is already increasing poverty and suffering around the world. […]

Cyclone threatens Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh as first Covid-19 cases are confirmed

Almost one million Rohingya people in the world’s largest refugee camp are facing the added threat of a cyclone as the first cases of Covid-19 are confirmed, Oxfam warned today. The cyclone, which looks likely to form off the coast over the weekend, could bring further suffering and destruction to the camps on top of a […]

Vaccinating poorest half of humanity against COVID-19 could cost less than four months’ big pharma profits

Vaccinating the poorest half of humanity – 3.7 billion people – against the COVID-19 coronavirus could cost less than the ten biggest pharmaceutical companies make in four months, Oxfam said today. Ahead of the World Health Assembly next week, Oxfam is urging governments and pharmaceutical companies to guarantee that vaccines, tests, and treatments will be […]

Rapid and massive increase in aid needed to save millions of lives amid COVID-19 crisis

To live up to the once-in-a-century coronavirus crisis, save lives and build a better global future, Oxfam is calling on wealthy nations to massively and urgently raise new international aid funds. A new briefing prepared by Oxfam, “Whatever it takes. Coronavirus”, calls for wealthy nations – including Australia – to make available the resources needed […]

Oxfam launches appeal as coronavirus threatens lives and livelihoods

As governments scramble to respond to the unprecedented coronavirus crisis, which is threatening the lives of millions and the livelihoods of billions of people, aid organisations like Oxfam are racing to scale up their lifesaving work. Announcing an emergency appeal to help the world’s most vulnerable communities in the face of the crisis, Oxfam Australia […]

New OECD figures show international aid woefully inadequate to fight COVID-19 crisis – Oxfam

Rich countries barely increased international aid by 1.4 percent overall in 2019, while they cut humanitarian assistance by 2.9 percent, according to figures published overnight by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In response to the news, Oxfam Australia’s Head of Political Engagement Emma Bull said that while many wealthy countries gave more […]

G20 debt moratorium is a first step, must go further

Responding to the announcement that the G20 has agreed to suspend debt repayment of the poorest countries, Nadia Daar, Head of Oxfam International’s Washington DC Office, said: “Today’s announcement by the G20 is a critical step and will help poor countries free up billions in funds to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. However, the UN estimates that developing […]

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