Oxfam reaction to latest UN Summit outcome document

Published: 23 November 2005

Nicola Reindorp, head of Oxfam's New York office has been lobbying at the United Nations and speaking daily to the UN Ambassadors and diplomats who are negotiating the Summit outcome document:

Nicola Reindorp, head of Oxfam's New York office has been lobbying at the United Nations and speaking daily to the UN Ambassadors and diplomats who are negotiating the Summit outcome document:


"There is very little to celebrate in the latest UN Summit outcome document. The one area where governments look set to show that they are able to act boldly is on their responsibility to protect civilians. This will be an historic measure that could save millions of lives.

"On the fight against poverty, the Summit is in danger of failing before it has begun.

"If this text is the final outcome of the UN Summit, with the exception of agreeing to stop future genocides, world leaders should be embarrassed to sign it.

"We wanted a bold agenda to tackle poverty but instead we have a brochure
showcasing past commitments.

Leaders will arrive to find that Cuba, Pakistan, Egypt, Iran, Syria, the United States and Venezuela have held the Summit hostage," Oxam's Nicola Reindorp said.

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