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.
Agencies fear recent improvements will be wiped out as the number of severely hungry people will rise by one million in first three months of 2015.
Seven more states will ratify the Arms Trade Treaty today – bringing the overall total to over 50 and triggering the countdown to entry into force.
Anna Macdonald, Oxfam’s Head of Arms Control, said:
In response to the release of the revised text last night (Friday), Anna Macdonald, Oxfam's Head of Arms Control, said:
Governments from over 190 member states have a second chance to make history this month by agreeing the first ever Arms Trade Treaty, a coalition of NGOs and human rights groups said today.
The fight to end the illegal and irresponsible arms trade goes on after delegates at the United Nations failed to reach consensus and agree an Arms Trade Treaty. Final text disappointing but not the end of the story.
Anna Macdonald Head of Arms Control at Oxfam said:
New York City, 8.30pm EST Time, 26 July 2012