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  • Oxfam Canada welcomes the passing of the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act. The Act requires oil, mining and gas companies to report annually on taxes, royalties and payment made to governments. Oxfam now calls on the government to ensure that any resulting regulations or administrative documents only add to the transparency requirements of the sector.

  • Oxfam Canada welcomes today’s announcement restoring diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States. The resilience of Cuba’s citizens and Cuba’s commitment to an economic path that prioritizes poverty reduction has been a notable achievement under extremely challenging conditions.

  • “Negotiators have managed to get the boat in the water from Lima’s shores without sinking, but choppy seas are ahead before they reach Paris,” said Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International. “This outcome can only be read as a call to action for people around the world."

  • South Sudan: Millions at risk from hunger as conflict threatens to escalate. A year after the fighting started in South Sudan the country remains in a severe food crisis with up to 2.5 million people estimated to be at risk of hunger if the conflict continues, Oxfam warns.

  • Oxfam rapid assessment teams have been deployed to survey the immediate needs of evacuees forced to flee tropical storm Hagupit, to ensure those who have lost their homes don’t lose their health as well. Working in with the International Organization for Migration in coordination with local government units, Oxfam today began visits to 20 of the 56 evacuations centers in the city of Tacloban, focusing on the need for clean water and sanitation.

  • Typhoon Hagupit: Oxfam is ready with emergency assistance.  We have seen in this crisis that disaster preparednesss saves lives. Oxfam is on the ground. Its rapid assessment teams, comprised of experts in livelihoods, water and sanitation, protection and gender, are ready to be deployed in affected areas. Oxfam Canada has pledged funds to support humanitarian work in the wake of Typhoon Hagupit.

  • Over 30 international organizations are calling on governments meeting in Geneva on December 9th to commit to offer sanctuary to at least 5 per cent of the most vulnerable refugees from Syria by the end of 2015. More than 3 million refugees have fled from Syria to neighbouring countries.

  • Efforts to contain the spread of Ebola through poorly implemented mass quarantine of communities in Sierra Leone are causing unnecessary hardship and are at risk of further spreading the deadly disease warned international agency Oxfam today.

  • In a new report, Breaking the Standoff, Oxfam details how current pledges are out of step with the magnitude of need in developing countries and calls on world leaders to outline a robust new strategy to boost climate finance. Developed countries promised to mobilize $100 billion per year in climate finance by 2020, but headway in mobilizing that funding has been slow.

  • Afghan women are consistently excluded from Afghanistan’s peace negotiations and formal talks about the country’s future, Oxfam said today. Unless this discrimination is reversed, peace will be unsustainable, Afghanistan’s development will be compromised, and enormous human rights gains made since the fall of the Taliban will remain under threat. In a report released today, Behind Closed Doors, Oxfam tracked 23 known peace talks between the Taliban, the Afghan government, and the international community since 2005. During talks between the international community and the Taliban, not one Afghan woman had been involved.

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