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Half a billion people could be pushed into poverty by COVID-19: Oxfam

The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic could push half a billion more people – or 8 per cent of the global population – into poverty unless urgent action is taken to support developing countries, Oxfam warned today. The aid agency’s new report, ‘Dignity Not Destitution’, also reveals that in East Asia and the Pacific, […]

UN Climate Summit postponed as a result of Coronavirus – Oxfam response

Responding to the announcement that the UN Climate Summit due to take place in the UK in November has been postponed until 2021 as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, Conor Costello, Oxfam Australia’s Climate Justice Advocacy Manager said “This pause is understandable in light of efforts to stop the pandemic we all now face. But […]

Oxfam calls on Government to back UN’s COVID-19 response plan to support most vulnerable

Oxfam has called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other global leaders to support the UN’s newly-released USD$2.01 billion COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan. A virtual G20 Summit starts tonight, with the leaders of the countries with the 20 biggest economies coming together to strategise on how to respond to the COVID-19 crisis on an […]

Oxfam welcomes ANZ agreement with Cambodian farmers

Commenting on the ANZ Bank’s announcement of an agreement with Cambodian families who lost their homes and livelihoods when forced off their land by a sugar company that the bank loaned money to in 2011, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said: “Oxfam welcomes ANZ’s announcement and congratulates the bank for doing the right thing […]

Locusts swarm into northern Uganda as Oxfam looks toward a $5m response across region

Locust infestations have just hit two new districts in northern Uganda as they continue to plague Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, and threaten Sudan and South Sudan. There are also reports of the swarms now in Tanzania. “Everyone is in panic and trying to make noise to drive the locusts away,” said Oxfam’s Ethiopia Country Director […]

More than 52 million people across Africa going hungry as weather extremes hit the continent

More than 52 million people in 18 countries across southern, eastern and central Africa are facing up to crisis levels of hunger as a result of weather extremes, compounded by poverty and conflict. Some areas are facing a second extreme drought in four years and worse than that sparked by El Nino in 1981. In […]

Death toll in Yemen conflict surpasses 100,000, Oxfam calls for halt to arms sales

Today the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) announced that the number of reported fatalities in Yemen since 2015 has passed 100,000. This includes over 12,000 civilians killed in direct attacks, ACLED said. Muhsin Siddiquey, Oxfam’s Country Director in Yemen, said: “This is further proof of the mindless destruction and injustice of the […]

Green Climate Fund short-changed by rich, polluting countries – Oxfam

Rich, polluting countries such as Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and the United States are short-changing poor countries of billions of dollars that they need to cut emissions and adapt to the climate crisis, Oxfam said today. The two-day pledging conference to the Green Climate Fund begins in Paris today (Thursday). To date, developed countries have […]

15 million Yemenis see water supplies cut amid fuel crisis

Water supplies have been cut to 15 million people in Yemen because of a fuel crisis, putting them at risk of deadly diseases like cholera, analysis by aid agencies, including Oxfam, has shown. Eleven million people relying on water supplied by piped networks and four million people who depend on water trucked in by private […]

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