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“The G20 reiterated previous commitments to reduce inequality, boost the participation of women in work and phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies. The G20 said they would draw up a proper response to the refugee and migrant challenge next year, which is too late. The world needs urgent action now, not more words.”
Oxfam praised President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping for officially joining their countries to the Paris climate agreement today.
The deployment of armed forces in southwestern Western Sahara by both Morocco and the Polisario Front described by the UN as the first ceasefire violation since 1991.
The European Commission’s decision on Ireland’s sweetheart tax deal with Apple shows that some tax practises can be terribly damaging. In times where poverty in Europe has been rising, governments must not churn the chance to raise billions in corporate tax income for the benefit of their citizens.
After four years of peace talks, the Colombian government and FARC-EP guerrilla group have signed a final agreement in Havana, Cuba. This agreement puts an end to FARC as a guerrilla group and opens up the possibility for the definite end of more than 50 years of internal conflict.
In response to the proposed 48 hour ceasefire in Aleppo, Andy Baker, Oxfam's Syria Crisis Response manager said: “While the proposed ceasefire is welcome it must not be a one-off. Regular, sustained pauses in the conflict are necessary to deal with the scale of the suffering, devastation and destruction in the city.”
Destruction of the key bridge from Yemen's main port to the capital Sanaa is hampering delivery of food, fuel and other essentials.
"We’re frustrated and disappointed that the World Bank couldn't agree on stronger policies to fully guarantee the rights of communities affected by the projects they fund," said the head of Oxfam International's Washington office, Nadia Daar.
In response to the latest Panama Papers leak that exposes how Africa is being deprived billions of dollars in natural resource revenues due to offshore deals, Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, said governments are just not doing enough to stop illicit flows, tax evasion and tax avoidance.
The final draft of the World Bank’s social and environmental protection policies fails to guarantee the rights and well-being of people affected by the Bank’s development projects, said Oxfam.