Group of Seven leaders meeting in Taormina, Sicily, this week should take the lead in fighting famine and immediately fund nearly half ($2.9 billion) of the UN’s urgent appeal to avoid catastrophic hunger and more deaths, urged Oxfam today. Without an immediate and sweeping response, this crisis will spiral out of control.
Further delay will cost more lives.
60 million people are facing a food crisis but the public has not heard about it. This is roughly the same as the number of refugees in the world, and is also a global phenomenon. But the crisis has not made the headlines because it was a slow, creeping disaster.
The 2015/16 ‘super El Niño’, combined with climate change, brought severe droughts and flooding to people in the Horn of Africa, Southern Africa, Central America, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. 31.1m people are currently food insecure in the Horn of Africa.
Pacific island countries are working hard to address the escalating realities of climate change, including the impact on land, livelihoods, and on the food and water security of their most vulnerable communities. The need for accessible, predictable, adequate and appropriate financial support to meet the climate crisis is urgent and growing.
Oxfam helped almost a third more people caught up in humanitarian disasters in 2014-15 as it responded to an unprecedented number of emergencies including the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and ongoing conflicts in Syria and South Sudan.
The organisation supported 8.1 million people across 39 humanitarian disasters over the year, providing clean water, sanitation and food, compared to 6.1 million across 24 emergencies in 2013-14.
(Pretoria, 08 November 2013): A groundbreaking study into the threats likely to confront southern African communities over the next decade has been released. Titled Humanitarian Trends in Southern Africa: Challenges and Opportunities, the study identifies regional and global factors that may impact the lives and livelihoods of southern Africans and, as importantly, the available capacities to address these challenges.
This sets out Oxfam’s proposals for a successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for the period after 2015. At this early stage of the debate, our recommendations focus on:
• the overall vision, purpose and core principles that should guide a new framework (section 1)
• critical issues to be included, and how they should be treated (section 2a)
• proposed targets and commitments in a few core areas (section 2b)
It is an initial contribution, and our views will develop and be enriched as the global conversation continues toward 2015.
- Our year (GRI 1.1)
Yet again, over the past year there have been complex humanitarian emergencies occurring on an unimaginable scale. Oxfam’s emergency response to the January earthquake in Haiti was still underway when huge flooding hit Pakistan in August 2010 affecting an overwhelming 20 million people.
Against the backdrop of the global economic crisis, the food crisis and climate-related humanitarian crises, the past year has seen Oxfam working hard with partners and allies to address the impact of global shocks on poor people around the world. Increasingly, we are trying to increase the resilience of people living in poverty and put them at the center of our efforts.
The central commitment of our Strategic Plan 2007-2012, ‘Demanding Justice’, which will guide our joint work during the plan period, is:
“We are outraged by the persistent poverty and injustice in the world, which must and can be overcome. Unjust policies and practices, nationally and internationally, must be challenged and people’s rights must be respected. If we join forces and act together now we can achieve a just world without poverty.
People in developing countries like Uganda, whose contribution to global warming has been miniscule, are feeling the impacts of climate change first and worst.