Oxfam today set out a six point plan for the next President of the World Bank to prove he is the right person to rebuild the institution’s shattered credibility.
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Climate change is arguably the gravest threat ever faced by humanity. Some say more of a threat to global peace and security than terrorism and diseases such as HIV/AIDS.
Rich countries such as Australia must dramatically increase funds spent on assisting poor countries to cope with the worst effects of climate change such as environmental and human disasters, warns a new report published today by Oxfam.
Close The Gap, the biggest campaign in Australia’s history to narrow the gap in life expectancy between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population and other Australians, welcomes today’s announcement by Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd of additional funding for Aboriginal health services.
‘The rich are only tolerable so long as their gains can be held to bear some relation to roughly what they have contributed to society’, so Robert J. Samuleson of The Washington Post recently paraphrased English economist John Maynard Keynes.
2007 is the final year of the Oxfam Challenge and the last chance for Australians to cycle through China, Cambodia and Vietnam while supporting Oxfam programs. Over 300 people have visited Oxfam projects this way over the last 4 years. Part altruism and part adventure, the Oxfam Challenge is open to anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and the desire to make a difference.
Following today’s announcement by World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz of his resignation, international development agency Oxfam is calling for the next leader to be appointed based on merit, through an open and accountable process.
The health crisis affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders will continue to be ignored as a result of yesterday’s budget, warns Oxfam Australia.
The Federal Government’s 2007 budget failed to take the necessary steps to close the 17 year gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders and other Australians with only minor increases in Aboriginal health spending, said the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and Oxfam Australia.
Australia’s growth in Fairtrade products such as coffee is ranked the fastest in the world with sales up at least 50 per cent on last year to $8 million, according to Oxfam Australia as Fairtrade fortnight kicks off.