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Broken and makeshift desks and chairs in a classroom at at D. Twe Memorial High School (MCSS) in New Kru Town, Liberia. Credit: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam GB

A group of powerful women from the front-line in the fight against poverty have appealed to European leaders to ensure health and education for all people by rescuing the Millennium Development Goals.

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Two years ago, rich nations promised to deliver a legally binding climate deal in Copenhagen. Now rich countries have admitted to back peddling in order to accommodate the US.

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A farmer sits on his parched paddy field during the worst drought that has affected Tezpur in Sonitpur district of Assam, northeast India, August 2006. Credit: EPA/STR

The European Union’s suggestion today of global public financing worth €22-€50 billion per year for developing countries to tackle climate change falls short of what is needed.

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As the second to last negotiations before Copenhagen draw to a close in Bangkok, three big sticking points remain. These issues show a lack of willingness of the EU and other industrialised countries to find common ground with developing countries.

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A Bangladeshi family travel to safety place as flood water enters new areas after the cyclone Aila hit in the south-west parts at Harinagar, Satkhira, Bangladesh 28 May 2009. Credit: EPA/Abir Abdullah

As the US and China intensify discussions on climate change, Oxfam International urges EU countries to put aside national interests and step up their leadership role.

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As poor countries face the full impact of the economic crisis, European governments are falling short by nearly €40bn (USD$55m) on their aid promises and will not meet their 2010 aid target until 2012, a new report from CONCORD reveals.

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Ametta Pierre, 51, her house destroyed by Hurricane Dean. Oxfam's partners have worked with the local community to introduce hurricane early warning systems, so people have time to move to higher and safer ground. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Europe is putting a global climate deal at risk and threatening the lives of millions of the world’s poorest, said development agency Oxfam International, as Environment Ministers met today to hammer out Europe’s position for a post-2012 global deal.

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