A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
Oxfam's Senior Climate Advisor Robert Bailey said:
Gordon Brown has shown today that the UK is still prepared to fight for an agreement that ensures aid budgets are protected. With safeguards against aid raiding absent from the talks of late, it’s encouraging to see this critical issue back on the agenda.
“Now its time for Gordon Brown to raise his level of ambition and bring other rich countries along with him to secure the deal that’s needed.
“What we need to see now is greater ambition on public money to help poor countries tackle climate change. It is dangerous to rely on market forces to pay for flood defences and drought resistant seeds, as there are no guarantees that the money will reach the right people, in the right places, at right time.”
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