international development

Crises in a New World Order

In Crises in a New World Order, Oxfam says that great strides have been made in delivery of international humanitarian assistance, but the future requires a shift of resources to ensure local governments and civil society partners are equipped to prevent, prepare for and save lives during disasters.

The United Nations and international non-government organizations will remain as vital as ever, Oxfam says. “But their contribution will increasingly be measured by how they complement and support the capacities and efforts of crisis-affected countries.”

 

Written by Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International.

The world’s most powerful political leaders will be quietly absent from the UN Financing for Development Conference when it kicks off in Addis next week.  They would rather not put political capital into a meeting which their bureaucrats have spent weeks and months pulling apart.

In the current discussions around this week’s first High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, transparency, accountability, and inclusion are not being sufficiently integrated.

The UN climate change conference in Durban, South Africa, set a path towards a new legally binding agreement for all countries to cut emissions. But the deal does little to meet the needs of poor people fighting climate change right now, and risks blurring important distinctions between the...

Negotiators at the UN climate talks have narrowly avoided a collapse, agreeing to the bare minimum deal possible as the UN climate talks in Durban went well beyond the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth hours.

The climate negotiations in Durban are stuttering. We need you to urge our leaders along the path to a sustainable planet. Together with Oxfam members across the world you can tweet at a range of the key players here at the Durban UN Climate Summit.

Saturday, December 3rd was not a normal day for the population of Durban, South Africa. A climate march wound around the streets of the centre as somewhere between 10,000 to 15,000 people called for – in fact demanded – action on climate change.

The first week of COP-17, the Durban Climate Change Summit, is done. There has been energy and vibrancy outside the meeting rooms to focus our leaders on taking the action necessary to safeguard the future of our planet.

Putting food on the table can be a challenge for many people and families around the world. That is also true in South Africa, where the Climate Conference, COP17, is being held.

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