3 million face death while Berlusconi and the G8 fiddle. Credit: Nicola Sacco/Oxfam

Blog: The fiddling was fun but the issue is deadly serious

As photo ops go, it doesn’t get much better. A beautiful Rome morning. The ruins of Nero’s palace on the horizon. A backdrop of leaping flames augmented by fire breathers. And the heads of the G8 countries cavorting about in togas, fiddling while Africa burns.

The Chairperson's hammer at the plenary of the UNFCCC in Bonn

Blog: Our future under the hammer

With a stroke of a hammer the climate change talks were over – two weeks of intense negotiations for… for what actually?

Oxfam campaigners highlight need for urgent action as delegates meet at international climate talks. Credits: Robert van Walden.

Blog: Delay kills - Ten red letters conquer the plenary

Ten red letters took over the plenary. Ten red letters spelling out a simple and clear message to the delegates at the International Climate Change talks. Ten red letters stating: 'DELAY KILLS'.

Blog: UN Climate Talks: the verdict

The UN Climate Talks in Poznan went on late into the night last night. I left at about midnight, because frankly I could not understand a word of the proceedings. Every second word was an unfamiliar acronym, an obscure technical term, or a document reference number, so I left the Oxfam policy team to decipher what was happening and met up with them again in the morning.

Delay kills

Blog: Delay kills

So I'm sitting down to write today's blog, with my socks on the radiator and my free UN mittens on my icy feet, when I get the call. "Al Gore's giving a speech at 1.15!".  I had been about to describe in great detail the new Oxfam ice sculpture that was carved this morning at the entrance to the UN Climate Talks here in Poznan - in two massive blocks of ice - the cold, hard truth - "Delay Kills".

International Human Rights Day

Blog: International Human Rights Day

Let's bury the idea that discussions on Climate Change are the preserve of scientists. Sure enough, debates on the issue are dominated by projections as to the speed of global warming, the levels of greenhouse gas emissions and so on, but at the heart of these discussions are people.

The Icemen Cometh

Blog: The Icemen Cometh

“Just tell the truth and write how you feel.” – good advice to the first-time, and quite tentative, blogger – and advice I will heed.  

The truth is, I feel colder than I have ever felt in my life.

I have just stood outside in sub-zero temperatures for five hours getting Oxfam’s message out to the hordes heading for the UN Climate Talks (without gloves, for more efficient leafleting) and I cannot feel my fingers. Typing this is proving to be v.e.r.y. s.l.o.w.

Blog: After the horse-trading….

The term horse trading is an Americanism that dates back to early 19th century and refers to intricacies of assessing, bargaining and trading of horses. Apparently one had to be a shrewd dealer in order to obtain the best horse for the best price or vice versa.

Blog: Accra Aid Forum: People’s voices missing

Donors and aid recipient’s countries are not the only group interested in development aid. Again and again, civil society organizations from all over the world have been demanding a right to a say in the aid industry.

“Governments from developing countries are shamefully more accountable to donors than to citizens that have queued in poll stations to cast their votes to elect their leaders” – described some of the groups I met with during the civil society for better aid event in Accra.

Blog: One nation with one destiny

"We are one people; we are one nation; we have one destiny," sang a group of musicians at the opening of the Civil Society Forum on Aid Effectiveness taking in place in Accra, Ghana from August 31 through September 1st.


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