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Emergencies headlines: Global

Here you can find previous global headlines. These headlines give updates from our work, and areas of concern, of the whole Oxfam confederation. For further information on any of Oxfam's emergency response programmes around the world please contact the Humanitarian HelpDesk in the first instance.


30 August, 2017

Texas Flooding - would Oxfam respond?: The floods in Texas and Louisiana have caused a massive crisis for hundreds of thousands of people. Oxfam is committed to supporting any crisis, anywhere in the world, which is causing a widespread threat to life, health, and basic subsistence which is beyond communities' capacity to cope with. As a wealthy country with significant government and civil society capacity, it is unlikely that we would be needed to respond, or that we would give this priority over our work in countries where our presence is so badly needed. However, if it became clear that there were marginalised groups of people not getting access to aid, or that local organisations needed technical or advocacy support, then Oxfam is prepared to offer help.

04 August, 2017

New Online Equipment Catalogue: This week Oxfam's Supply Centre team launched its new online equipment catalogue - available to both Oxfam programmes and external agencies across the world.

The new catalogue provides information about the prices, availability and specifications of the equipment we offer - complete with resources and supporting videos. As one colleague dubbed it - it's like Amazon for humanitarian responses. Visit the Oxfam Supply Centre.

24 February, 2017

THREAT OF FOUR FAMINES:Oxfam is warning that the world stands on the brink of an unprecedented four famines in 2017 due to a catastrophic failure of the global community to uphold its obligations to the most vulnerable of people. "Oxfam today calls on donors to take immediate action to help as many as 20 million people now at risk of starvation.

Famine was declared this week in parts of South Sudan. In northern Nigeria it is likely that some 400,000 people living in areas cut off from aid are already suffering famine. Both Yemen and Somalia stand on the brink. The primary driver of these crises is conflict, though in Somalia it is drought.

Donor countries have failed to adequately support efforts to resolve these conflicts and, in Yemen, are actually fuelling the conflict through arms sales. They now have a moral obligation to meet the $4.4 billion needed for a humanitarian response at the required scale. They need to find political answers to the causes of the collapse of these countries into such catastrophic levels of suffering.

Mark Goldring, Chief Executive of Oxfam GB said: 'Famine does not arrive suddenly or unexpectedly. It comes after months of procrastination and ignored warnings. It is a slow agonising process, driven by callous national politics and international indifference. It is the ultimate betrayal of our common humanity.'

Half-hearted responses to UN appeals have short-changed the aid effort to save people's lives. This must not continue. Governments need to act now to fully fund the aid effort."

Read the full press release here.

05 August, 2016

El Niño:  The UN Special Envoy for El Niño and Climate, Mary Robinson, this month tasked Oxfam (with input from other agencies) with drafting a blueprint for dealing better with the 'new normal' of slow-onset climate-linked crises like this year's El Niño. The aim is to use meteorological triggers to prompt for faster, more decisive action to mitigate some of the worst effects of such crises. This blueprint will contribute to a new set of standard operating procedures, which is now being worked on by UN agencies , and which will be presented to Ban Ki-Moon at the end of the year.

10 June, 2016

El Niño Response: El Niño effects across the world have led to critical levels of water scarcity, food insecurity, and erosion of livelihoods. Oxfam is supporting people in numerous countries. Have a look at the global map of where we are working, with details of our campaign to try and influence world leaders to make more money available for affected countries.  

La Niña Watch: According to current forecasts (from the International Research Institute for Climate and Society), there is a high probability of La Nina occurring from October. This tends to bring the opposite effects of El Niño in terms of wetter and stronger storms in regions currently affected by drought, but unusually dry weather for other regions. We're monitoring these forecasts closely, and the expected disruption it will bring to vulnerable people across the world.

May 25, 2016

World Humanitarian Summit: Oxfam sent a team of people to the summit; we were visible and we made our voice heard in significant speaking slots as well as via media work.  We also participated in a range of side events. We sponsored 5 local partners from around the world to attend too, who also got some good speaking slots at senior panels as well as side events. Seng Raw, from Myanmar who spoke at the High Level Round Table on 'Changing People's Lives" was later quoted by Stephen O'Brien (UN Under-Secretary General) "we need to work with local partners not go around them". We had colleagues embedded in the Spanish delegation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation delegation. Our partner from Mozambique was on the What's App group for the Mozambique delegation and was able to change language by texting the Ministers' directly!  We hope this has been the beginning of a useful process.

22 April, 2016

El Niño:  At least, 60 million people around the world are facing extreme food insecurity and suffering as an El Niño, super-charged by climate change, is bringing droughts and flooding, destroying lives and livelihoods. Next week there will be a pledging conference in Geneva to see what can be done to bridge the massive $2 billion funding gap. There will be technical meetings too, on how the humanitarian system has responded to El Niño, where Oxfam staff will be presenting. Do have a look at our report which incorporates vivid testimony by people who are going through terrible times because of drought, in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Papua New Guinea, and El Salvador. 

Read What Will Become of Us? Voices from around the world on drought and El Niño.

There is also a video featuring a farmer from Zimbabwe talking about the situation there and asking the leaders of developed nations to act on their pledges. Watch Ipaishe's call to climate action, and sign the petition here, calling on governments to stop the crisis spiralling out of control.