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Blog: Why I will keep fighting for free health care

I know that having children is a natural, wonderful thing for a woman, but walking into small space where there are 100 pregnant women is still enough to put me a little out of my comfort zone!

Pregnant women handing in messages to the Prime Minister outside Number 10 Downing Street. Credit: Oxfam

Blog: Your money or your life!

Don’t panic! This is not an online robbery, although it is something Robin Hood would approve of, here is news of a potentially very exciting opportunity for people who are too poor to pay for health care…

In less than a week world leaders will meet in New York at a high-level event on health as part of the United Nations General Assembly. They are expected to extend free health services in at least seven countries: Burundi, Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal and Sierra Leone. The plan to make this possible was put together by Gordon Brown, UK Prime Minister.

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".

Blog: Stamping out the myth behind carbon footprints

Rich countries have a habit of pointing out how emissions from emerging economies such as China and India are increasing rapidly. This is true - but we need to have a closer look at the facts...

Emission levels per head in China and India are far below those in developed countries. In fact, if every country had the same per capita emissions as China, we would be able to cut gobal emissions by 30% below 1990 levels. So which country's people have had the biggest average carbon footprints between 1990 and 2004? Drag the flags onto the feet in the diagram below to find out...

Blog: Global artists and leaders join Oxfam’s call for climate action

As ministers and leaders arrived yesterday in Poznan (Poland) for the last sprint of the UN Climate change conference in Poznan, 19 famous names called on wealthy nations to take the lead on climate change by making massive cuts in pollution.

Blog: Climate negotiations: glass half-empty or glass half-full?

On a rest day at the UN Climate Talks in Poznan, Oxfam's Charlie Powell and Barry Coates retreat to their hotel to take stock of events at the first week of negotiations, and look forward to the arrival of the ministers in week two.

Blog: Global Day of Action on Climate Change

Today, in many cities, thousands of climate protesters from all over the world demanded that world leaders take strong and urgent action to prevent destabilisation of the global climate. They were asking leaders to move as rapidly as possible towards a fair and effective emissions reductions treaty.

We were, of course, at Poznan's march where more than a thousand people marched around the city centre.

Coal in your shoes

Blog: Coal in your shoes

"It will be the young and the poor and developing countries that will suffer earliest and hardest. We cannot allow this to happen."Nicholas Stern - author of reports on economic implications of climate change.

Blog: Ever needed to evacuate your home 25 times?

Some people in Bangladesh have. Floods are actually part of their normal way of life. Now imagine you are one of them.


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