Oxfam Australia is calling on Prime Minister Julia Gillard to use her speech to the United Nations General Assembly tomorrow (Australian time) to outline her vision for Australia’s role on the UN Security Council.
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There is still hope for countries to reach agreement on an Arms Trade Treaty, despite governments failing to reach a consensus agreement in New York, Oxfam Australia said today.
With the draft text of the Arms Trade Treaty being negotiated at the United Nations in New York released earlier this week, Australia is being urged not to concede to a compromise agreement that will do little to prevent transfers of arms to human rights abusers and repressive regimes.
In the lead up to yesterday’s Tokyo conference on the future of Afghanistan, Oxfam, which currently works in 18 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, has been raising concerns about whether enough will be done to protect women and girls as international forces withdraw from Afghanistan and political deals are negotiated with armed organisations like the Taliban.
Development gains made in Afghanistan over the last decade are in danger of being thrown away if levels of aid fall away in conjunction with the withdrawal of international troops in 2014, Oxfam warned today.
Political leaders have a historic opportunity to place human rights and humanitarian aims above self-interest and profit when final negotiations to regulate the global arms trade begin today at the United Nations, campaigners from across the world said
With just days to go until Foreign Minister Bob Carr travels to New York for United Nations negotiations on legally-binding regulations for the international weapons trade, Australians have called on the Government to bring home a “bullet proof” Arms Trade Treaty.
Tens of thousands of Sudanese refugees face desperate, life-threatening water shortages and a growing threat of fatal disease in Jamam camp in South Sudan and must be urgently moved to a new site, international agency Oxfam said today.
In the first weeks after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, I remember meeting a young man called Anthony in a village called Manakudy, on the southern tip of Tamil Nadu in India. He was about 17 years old, and had lost both his father and sister to the deadly waves.