Oxfam International Blogs - United Nations http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/tags/united-nations united-nations en How to end the male monopoly on peace: More seats at the table for women http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/17-10-26-how-end-male-monopoly-peace-more-seats-table-women <div class="field field-name-body"><p>Whether targeted by perpetrators of sexual violence, oppressed by ideological extremists, or uniquely threatened by the bombing of hospital maternity units, women often bear the brunt of conflicts. Yet when it comes to peace negotiations, women too often don’t have a seat at the table. The continuing reality that men, particularly armed men, enjoy an almost exclusive role in peace processes defies both logic and evidence.</p> <p>It is now 17 years since <a href="https://www.usip.org/gender_peacebuilding/about_UNSCR_1325">UN resolution 1325</a> was adopted – the first Security Council resolution to establish the so-called women, peace and security agenda, which aims to uphold women’s rights in war and roles in peace.</p> <p>Ahead of the Open Debate on Peace and Security at the UN, it is the time reflect and double down both on what promises are left unfilled, as well as what progress has been made – there are examples of both</p> <p>There have been some <a href="http://www.womenpeacesecurity.org/our-work/monitoring-analysis/">positive signs of headway</a>, as seven subsequent UN Security Council resolutions have helped strengthen policies and norms worldwide over the past decade. Almost 70 countries have national action plans to put women, peace and security aims into practice.</p> <h3>Signs for hope</h3> <p>This year, renewed peacekeeping and peace enforcement mandates for Western Sahara, Sudan and Somalia included new language on the importance of women’s participation. Hopefully this trend will continue with South Sudan’s peacekeeping mandate renewal just around the corner.</p> <p>And just weeks ago, the <a href="https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/press-release/house-passes-women-peace-security-act/">US Congress passed</a> the <a href="https://www.cfr.org/blog/three-things-know-women-peace-and-security-act-2017">Women, Peace and Security Act</a>. Among other aims, the act makes it US policy to promote the meaningful participation of women in efforts to address conflict overseas. But crucial gaps remain – not least, the routine exclusion of women from peace processes.</p> <p>Why does this matter? Because women missing from peace talks means world leaders are missing opportunities to save countless lives and stabilize an increasingly fractured world.</p> <p>Analysis of various conflicts and peace processes worldwide shows that when women able to bring crucial perspectives and experiences from civil society and local communities, the chances of peace agreements being reached and sustained rises dramatically.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr" xml:lang="en">391 organizations want to hear concrete commitments from UN member states on how they support women’s organizations <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/genderequality?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#genderequality</a> <a href="https://t.co/1pTh3MRgLu">pic.twitter.com/1pTh3MRgLu</a></p> <p>— NGOWG on WPS (@ngowgwps) <a href="https://twitter.com/ngowgwps/status/920046534812688384?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 16, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><h3>Women's crucial role in peace</h3> <p>Worldwide, women already play crucial roles in resolving disputes in their families and communities, and identifying challenges and solutions that influence social cohesion and stability. Tapping into that experience and expertise, a peace that reflects the needs and aspirations of the whole population, benefits everyone, male and female, and is more likely to last.</p> <p>That simple logic should drive a paradigm shift in international diplomacy to prevent and resolve conflicts. Wars not only take and destroy lives. It is estimated that the total monetary cost of violence and conflict around the world was $13.6 trillion in 2015.</p> <h3>No more excuses, support women's participation</h3> <p>But instead, we hear excuses. Time and time again, key members of the UN Security Council stubbornly stick to strategies that not only struggle to resolve conflicts but offer only hollow rhetoric about supporting women’s participation.</p> <p>All speak loudly in favor of women’s rights and role inside the UN Security Council chamber, but for the rest of the year leading governments routinely prioritize other interests when it comes to international diplomacy. The standard group photograph of male delegates at any of the major peace talks on Syria or Yemen gives us a damning snapshot of just how far we still have to go.</p> <p>When the <a href="https://www.un.org/press/en/2015/sc12076.doc.htm">US Security Council Resolution 2242</a> was adopted, mandating the UN to double its female police representation and reaffirming support for women in civil society, it enjoyed historic support. Unfortunately, in the time since, there has been very little action to back it up.</p> <p>Friday’s Security Council annual debate will be a chance to reflect on the advances and challenges that have emerged since the adoption of Resolution 2242 and for members to recommit to back up their words with actions.</p> <h3>The UN Security Council could work for women</h3> <p>Several key areas of UN reform would also help: improving the number of women in senior UN positions, including in conflict missions, strengthening gender capacity in peacekeeping missions and assessments, and drastically increasing funding and other support for local women’s organizations.</p> <p>Addressing these specifics will signal progress, but above all, we need a radical shift in mindsets and priorities to accelerate progress, with support for both the quantity and quality of women’s involvement in peace processes and political decision-making a key objective.</p> <p>In a world seemingly frayed by growing divisions, with conflicts on the rise and record numbers of people forced from their homes, the continued male monopoly on resolving and preventing conflicts is not just anachronistic – it is a danger to us all.</p> <p><em>This entry posted by Shaheen Chugtai, Oxfam’s Global Women, Peace and Security Policy Lead, on 26 October 2017. A version of this blog originally published by <a href="http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/10/ending-male-monopoly-peace-women-still-need-seats-table/">IPS News</a>.</em></p> <p><em>Photo: Tika Darlami (45) participates in a meeting of the 'Nari Utthan' (translation: women ascending) Community Discussion Class. Seraghari Village, Nepal. Credit: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.womenpeacesecurity.org/resource/open-letter-unsc-wps-anniversary-october-2017/"><strong>Read the Open Letter to Permanent Representatives to the UN: Recommendations on the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security (WPS)</strong></a></p> </div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>How to end the male monopoly on peace: More seats at the table for women</h2></div> Thu, 26 Oct 2017 10:51:03 +0000 Shaheen Chughtai 81264 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/17-10-26-how-end-male-monopoly-peace-more-seats-table-women#comments The golden goal of a lifetime: 5 step plan for Jose Mourinho to help beat hunger http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/14-06-21-jose-mourinho-golden-goal-5-steps-beat-hunger <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>Jose Mourinho has the opportunity to score the golden goal of a lifetime! Is he ready to take his game through a 5 step plan to beat the keeper and score against hunger?</strong></p> <p>Jose Mourinho’s new role is probably the most meaningful of his life time. As the new UN Global Ambassador Against Hunger he has an opportunity to score against climate change - the single biggest threat to beating hunger.</p> <p>"Supporting the work of the World Food Programme on the frontlines of hunger is a personal decision about a cause that is very close to the hearts of me and my family," said Mourinho as he announced his decision to be an ambassador for the World Food Programme and the fight against hunger.</p> <p>As one of the world’s most successful football managers, Mourinho knows what it takes to win. Winning the fight against hunger though is a huge challenge. <strong>One in eight of us go to bed hungry every day</strong> and without drastic intervention millions more face the same fight. One of the biggest opponents in this league is climate change. Indeed it’s the single biggest threat Mourinho will face in his tenure at the World Food Programme.</p> <p>If he wants to score a winning goal Mourinho will need to take on climate change-- an opponent which risks leaving at least 50 million additional people hungry by 2050. Mourinho is no stranger to beating the odds and here he has a golden opportunity to use his superstar status to bring attention to global hunger and climate change. If he wants to take his team to the top of the heap there are 5 big issues that we need to tackle:</p> <h3>1) Blow the whistle and tackle problems head on!</h3> <p>Be bold, be determined and, tackle the problem head on. Mourinho has never had a problem putting a winning team through its paces. Working with the <a href="http://www.wfp.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>World Food Programme</strong></a> he will be part of an incredible movement to deliver food to people in emergencies – like those impacted by climate change. But it’s just as important to prevent climate disasters from making people hungry in the first place. Mourinho and the World Food Programme can do this by calling on food and beverage companies like General Mills and Kellogg to measure all Green House Gas emissions and get companies to commit to reducing these in their supply chains.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/en/campaign-news/fed-up-with-climate-change-making-people-hungry,-q-,-take-action" rel="nofollow">Join the more than 100,000 people telling Kellogg and General Mills to stop climate change making people hungry</a></strong></p> <h3>2) Call on the Big 10 Food and Beverage companies to stop playing defense!</h3> <p>Tony the Tiger and the Jolly Green Giant are not delivering on their promises to keep people satisfied. Their owners, Kellogg and General Mills, buy from producers and suppliers that destroy forests and damage land which ultimately leave communities hungry and homeless. A food supplier linked to these companies is currently on trial in Indonesia for burning down forests to do just that – so there’s a chance we could have eaten the food produced as a result. Mourinho must <strong>call on companies to make sure their brands don’t play dirty</strong>.</p> <h3>3) Learning from away games</h3> <p>The Indonesia case is shocking. But there’s more for Mourinho to think about. If he visits Liberia, he may encounter farmers like<strong> <a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/en/campaign-news/when-the-sun-is-shining,-our-crops-are-dying" rel="nofollow">Eric Pyne</a></strong> from Sinoe County, whose land is suffering from unpredictable weather patterns and a lack of rain. In addition, Eric’s land will also be under threat from another supplier linked to Kellogg and General Mills who could chop down much of the local forest that Eric relies on – making feeding his family difficult and the impact from climate change worse.</p> <p><strong>Kellogg and General Mills have the power to do better.</strong> They must identify and publish what greenhouse gas emissions they’re creating – and must not buy from companies that produce unnecessary emissions and ruin local livelihoods. Here’s some <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/policy/standing-sidelines" rel="nofollow">more info on the Indonesia and Liberia cases</a></strong>.</p> <h3>4) Help the players</h3> <p>Progress is possible: some of the companies on Oxfam’s Behind the Brands scorecard, have partnerships with the World Food Programme to improve food production. While they’ve made great progress in certain areas, they can do more to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.</p> <p>But General Mills and Kellogg just don't seem to care that they're among the worst out of the big 10 food and beverage companies for emissions. They lack strong plans to be more sustainable, and farmers around the world suffer as a result. By changing their ways, and advocating for other companies to do the same, they could help to make the whole food and beverage industry more sustainable by reducing emissions and in the way they drive hunger.</p> <h3>5) It's all about the winning goal</h3> <p>Creating controversy in and around games is Mourinho’s speciality. But there’s no referee here, and time is of the essence. Climate change is stopping people from growing food in Liberia right now, and a company linked to Kellogg and General Mills is about to make it worse by chopping down even more trees.</p> <p>We need as many people as possible to<strong> <a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/actnow" rel="nofollow">send a clear message to these companies</a> </strong>that they’ve got to <strong>stop feeding climate change</strong>. Together, Oxfam supporters got Coca-Cola and PepsiCo to commit to zero tolerance for land grabs among companies growing their ingredients. Now we need to tell Kellogg and General Mills to clean up their act - we can get them to change too. The more voices, the better. Which means we need you and Jose to join us.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/en/campaign-news/fed-up-with-climate-change-making-people-hungry,-q-,-take-action" rel="nofollow">Join the campaign – tell Kellogg and General Mills to stop feeding climate change</a></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>The golden goal of a lifetime: 5 step plan for Jose Mourinho to help beat hunger</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_es first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/14-06-20-jose-mourinho-y-el-gol-de-oro-de-su-vida" title="Jose Mourinho y el gol de oro de su vida" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> <li class="translation_fr last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/14-06-19-jose-mourinho-but-or" title="José Mourinho : le but en or de sa vie" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 08:45:42 +0000 Al Kinley 10702 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/14-06-21-jose-mourinho-golden-goal-5-steps-beat-hunger#comments Appel des Nations unies pour la Syrie : les gouvernements doivent financer l'aide humanitaire maintenant ! http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/10339 <div class="field field-name-body"><p><em>« Nous n’avons pas d’eau. L’électricité est régulièrement coupée. Des rats et des souris courent partout. Il y a un total manque d’hygiène. C’est impossible de garder quoi que ce soit propre. Le toit fuit... Nous n’avons jamais vécu comme ça en Syrie. Nous n’aurions jamais imaginé devoir un jour vivre dans de telles conditions. » Yasmin*, 33 ans, mère de quatre enfants</em></p> <a href="/sites/blogs.oxfam.org/files/5775N-Syria-infographics-FRENCH_Page_1-500.png" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a> <p><strong>Face à la détérioration de la <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/fr/emergencies/crise-en-syrie" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">situation en Syrie</a>, le nombre de déplacés augmente de jour en jour.</strong> Syrienne réfugiée au Liban, Yasmin n’est que l’une des quelque <strong><a href="http://data.unhcr.org/syrianrefugees/regional.php" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">1,6 million de personnes</a></strong> qui ont trouvé asile dans les pays voisins. <strong><a href="http://www.internal-displacement.org/countries/syria" target="_blank" title="Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre - Syria (en anglais)" rel="nofollow">4,25 millions</a></strong> d’autres personnes, en Syrie, ont également été contraintes de partir de chez elles. </p> <p>La communauté internationale n’était pas prête à faire face à une crise humanitaire qui atteint des proportions si vertigineuses. C’est pourquoi l’ONU lance aujourd’hui l’appel de fonds le plus important de son histoire : 5 milliards de dollars sont nécessaires pour financer l’aide humanitaire à la Syrie. Ce chiffre peut sembler énorme ; il est simplement à la mesure de la crise à laquelle la Syrie et ses voisins se trouvent confrontés. </p> <p><strong>Tandis que le conflit, qui a déjà coûté la vie à 80 000 personnes, continue de faire rage, l’accès aux services essentiels</strong> sur le territoire syrien devient de plus en plus difficile. Dans les communautés de réfugiés, les familles ont du mal à payer l’eau, la nourriture et un logement. Il faut dire que les emplois sont rares. Prenez Daher* : « En Syrie, j’étais mécanicien, mais je travaillais aussi comme chauffeur de taxi et nous avions une rôtisserie. J’étais toujours occupé. Je trouve très difficile de ne pas pouvoir travailler et subvenir aux besoins de ma famille, surtout dans toutes ces souffrances. J’ai cherché du travail, mais il n’y en a pas ici. » </p> <p>Sa situation est un exemple typique de celle des familles réfugiées au Liban et en Jordanie. Plus le nombre de réfugiés augmente, plus les loyers grimpent et les possibilités d’emplois se réduisent. Sans emploi, beaucoup ne peuvent plus compter que sur l’hospitalité des communautés d’accueil, dont beaucoup étaient déjà aux prises avec leurs propres problèmes. </p> <a href="/sites/blogs.oxfam.org/files/5775N-Syria-infographics-FRENCH_Page_2-500.png" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a> <p><strong>Les conditions de vie dans les camps généreusement mis en place par les voisins de la Syrie sont difficiles.</strong> Après un hiver long et froid, l’été approche à grands pas et les familles se trouvent exposées à des températures élevées et à un risque accru d’épidémies. Quant aux enfants, ils entament <strong><a href="/fr/blogs/13-05-28-refugies-syriens-reema-fillette-visage" rel="nofollow">une deuxième année sans école</a></strong>. Alors que 38 % des enfants du niveau primaire parviennent encore à aller à l’école, pour les enfants du niveau secondaire, le taux de scolarisation n’atteint plus que 2 %. </p> <p><strong>Chez Oxfam, nous nous félicitons de l’<a href="http://www.oxfam.org/fr/pressroom/reactions/appel-donateurs-sans-precedent-nations-unies-syrie" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">appel de fonds</a> lancé par l’ONU</strong> et nous invitons les États du monde entier à prendre leurs responsabilités et à remplir le fonds d’aide. La situation se détériore tous les jours en Syrie, le nombre de réfugiés affluant dans les pays voisins ne cesse de croître, et le besoin d’aide humanitaire se fait de plus en plus pressant. L’ONU, par exemple, estime que 3,75 millions de personnes auront dû s’enfuir de la Syrie d’ici la fin de l’année. Nombre d’États ont déjà apporté des contributions généreuses. Mais cela reste insuffisant. Même en période de difficultés économiques, les États n’ont aucune excuse pour se dérober à leur devoir de mettre la main à la poche et financer généreusement l’effort humanitaire. Les Syriennes et Syriens ont assez souffert. Ils ne sauraient payer le prix de l’incapacité du monde à faire face à leur besoin. </p> <h3>Demandez aux gouvernements de financer l’aide humanitaire : #Aid4Syria</h3> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Aid4Syria" rel="nofollow">Tweets about "#Aid4Syria"</a> !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); <h3>En savoir plus</h3> <p><strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/fr/emergencies/crise-en-syrie" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Crise en Syrie</a> : l'action d'Oxfam sur le terrain</strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Appel des Nations unies pour la Syrie : les gouvernements doivent financer l&#039;aide humanitaire maintenant !</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_en first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-06-07-un-syria-appeal-governments-must-fund-aid-effort-now" title="UN Syria appeal: Governments must fund the aid effort now!" class="translation-link" xml:lang="en">English</a></li> <li class="translation_es last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/13-06-07-llamamiento-siria-onu" title="Llamamiento de la ONU para Siria: ¡Los Gobiernos deben destinar fondos ya!" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 09:08:29 +0000 Josephine Whitaker 10339 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/10339#comments UN Syria appeal: Governments must fund the aid effort now! http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-06-07-un-syria-appeal-governments-must-fund-aid-effort-now <div class="field field-name-body"><blockquote><p><em>“We don’t have water. We don’t have electricity on a regular basis. There are lots of rats and mice running around. Nothing is hygienic. It’s impossible to keep everything clean. The roof leaks... we never lived like this in Syira. We never thought we would ever have to live like this.”</em>Yasmin*, 33, mother of four</p></blockquote> <a href="http://pinterest.com/pin/223702306463618318/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a> <p>As the <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/syria-crisis" rel="nofollow">situation inside Syria</a></strong> deteriorates, the number of people displaced by the conflict gets bigger every day. People like Yasmin, a Syrian refugee living in Lebanon – just one of the <strong><a href="http://data.unhcr.org/syrianrefugees/regional.php" rel="nofollow">estimated 1.6 million people</a></strong> who now live as refugees in neighboring countries. A further <strong><a href="http://www.internal-displacement.org/countries/syria" rel="nofollow">4.25 million people inside Syria</a></strong> have also been forced to leave their homes.</p> <p>This is a humanitarian crisis of staggering proportions, and one that the international community was not ready for. That’s why today the UN launches its largest appeal ever, calling for 5 billion in humanitarian aid for Syria. This might seem like a lot of money, but it’s a simple reflection of the scale of the crisis facing Syria and its neighbors.</p> <p>Inside Syria, access to basic services is getting increasingly tough as the conflict that has already claimed 80,000 lives rages on. In refugee communities, families struggle to afford food, water and shelter, and jobs are scarce. Take Daher* for example:</p> <blockquote><p><em>“Back in Syria I was a car mechanic but I also worked as a taxi driver and we had a small shop selling grilled meat. I was always busy doing something. It’s very hard not being able to work and provide for my family, especially when they are suffering so much. I’ve been looking for work but there are no jobs here.”</em></p></blockquote> <a href="http://pinterest.com/pin/223702306463618354/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a> <p>His situation is typical of many refugee families in Lebanon and Jordan. As the number of refugees increases, the cost of rent goes up, and the <strong><a href="https://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/13-05-30-syrian-refugees-lebanon-we-are-not-alone">number of available jobs goes down</a></strong>. Without employment, many have no choice but to rely on the hospitality of host communities – many of which face problems of their own.</p> <p>Conditions in the <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/video/2013/lekaa-syrian-refugee-zaatari-camp" rel="nofollow">refugee camps</a></strong> and settlements generously hosted by Syria’s neighbors are difficult. After a long cold winter, summer is fast approaching, and families now face climbing temperatures and an increased risk of disease. Children are facing their <strong><a href="https://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/13-05-28-syria-refugees-reema-girl-whose-face-youll-never-see">second year in a row without school</a></strong>. While 38% of primary-aged children still manage to go to school, for secondary-aged children that figure drops to just 2%.</p> <p>Here at Oxfam, we <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/reactions/un-launches-humanitarian-appeal-syria-largest-ever-appeal" rel="nofollow">welcome the UN Appeal</a></strong>, and we’re calling on governments all around the world to make sure they step up to the plate and ensure that the appeal is fully funded. As the situation in Syria gets worse every day, and the number of refugees pouring into neighboring countries increases, the need for urgent humanitarian aid gets bigger and bigger.</p> <p>The UN, for example, estimates that by the end of the year the number of people forced to flee Syria will increase to 3.75 million. Many governments have given generously already. But it is simply not enough. Even in tough economic times there can be no excuses for governments to shirk their duty to dig deep and generously fund the aid effort. Syria’s people have suffered enough. They cannot be allowed to pay the price of the world’s failure to match their need.</p> <p>* <em>Names changed</em></p> <h3>Ask governments to fund the aid effort on Twitter</h3> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Aid4Syria" rel="nofollow">Tweets about "#Aid4Syria"</a> // <h3>You may also like</h3> <p><strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/syria-crisis" rel="nofollow">Crisis in Syria: the situation and Oxfam's response</a></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>UN Syria appeal: Governments must fund the aid effort now!</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/13-06-07-appel-nations-unies-syrie-financement-aide-humanitaire" title="Appel des Nations unies pour la Syrie : les gouvernements doivent financer l&#039;aide humanitaire maintenant !" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> <li class="translation_es last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/13-06-07-llamamiento-siria-onu" title="Llamamiento de la ONU para Siria: ¡Los Gobiernos deben destinar fondos ya!" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Josephine Whitaker 10334 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-06-07-un-syria-appeal-governments-must-fund-aid-effort-now#comments The fight against poverty and inequality – we are all in this together http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-05-28-fight-against-poverty-inequality-we-are-all-together <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>In 2000, the world set the <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/campaigns/health-education/millennium-development-goals" rel="nofollow">Millennium Development Goals</a> (MDG) as a global framework to halve extreme poverty by 2015 and has been working since then to achieve them</strong>.</p> <p>There have been some significant achievements, such as Nepal's success in reducing the infant mortality rate by one third in five years.</p> <p>Yet the realization of the ultimate goal of halving extreme poverty now seems unlikely. This is because the mobilization of the necessary political will and <strong><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/13-05-16-are-governments-meeting-their-mdg-spending-targets">financial resources are withering </a></strong>mainly due to the economic crises since 2008.</p> <p>With the deadline for the MDG approaching, the international community led by the United Nations has started discussing what should succeed them in crafting a new, post-2015 development framework.</p> <p>My organization Oxfam is among those actively involved in this debate, advocating tackling disparity and inequality as well as ensuring good governance in each country.</p> <p>In Japan, on the eve of the <a href="http://www.ticad.net/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development</strong> </a>(TICAD V), Africa is depicted as a continent of rapid economic growth and business opportunities, thus calling for policy attention to economic infrastructure rather than social development, and private investment rather than public aid.</p> <p>But macro-economic growth alone will have a limited impact on poverty reduction and could in fact exacerbate inequalities and destabilize societies, if the discriminatory structures that prevent certain populations from capturing the fruits of growth remain unchallenged.</p> <p>Economic growth will only help bring true "development" to societies if accompanied by the empowerment and participation of affected communities and civil society to hold the government accountable, effective institutions to uphold human rights, fair distribution of natural resources, and universal access to public services like health and education through progressive taxation and redistribution of wealth.</p> <p>When discussing a <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/13-04-05-keeping-eye-have-mores"><strong>post-2015 development framework</strong></a>, we Japanese need to refresh our thinking of what "ending poverty" really means to us.</p> <p>For too long we have associated "international development" with charity -- an activity one may choose to engage in according to one's disposable assets. But is it really?</p> <p>Oxfam reports that <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/cost-of-inequality-oxfam-mb180113.pdf" rel="nofollow"><strong>the annual income of the richest 100 individuals</strong></a> in 2012 was enough to end global poverty four times over. Regardless of national incomes, countries north and south are losing vast amounts of revenue due to their richest members of the society avoiding taxation through tax havens.</p> <p>As a result, the state is increasingly unable to fulfill its fundamental role of providing essential services to the have-nots with the wealth of the haves, damaging public trust in democracy. Extreme economic inequality also undermines the longer-term prospects for growth, and worsens environmental problems.</p> <p>Japan is no exception in this. "Ending extreme poverty" is no longer a matter of a favor to the poor living far away, but a question of how to deal with "extreme wealth" and rebuild a society of fair and mutual assistance - a question we all are grappling with in Japan.</p> <p>Understanding that we are all in it together as global citizens is where we need to start in envisaging the world we want.</p> <p><em>Takumo Yamada has been serving as advocacy manager of Oxfam Japan since 2002.</em></p> <p><em>Originally published by <a href="http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2013/05/227068.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Kyodo News</strong></a>.</em></p> <h3>You may also like</h3> <p><strong>Blog: <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/13-05-16-are-governments-meeting-their-mdg-spending-targets">Are governments meeting their MDG spending targets?</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Blog: <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/13-03-27-inequality-political-problem-requiring-political-solution">Inequality: a political problem requiring a political solution</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/oxfam-post-2015-framework-policy-28jan2013.pdf" rel="nofollow">Oxfam's position on Post-2015 Development Goals</a></strong> (pdf, 28 January 2013)<strong></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>The fight against poverty and inequality – we are all in this together</h2></div> Tue, 28 May 2013 11:27:52 +0000 Takumo Yamada 10325 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-05-28-fight-against-poverty-inequality-we-are-all-together#comments Syria: the world must unite http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-04-30-syria-world-must-unite <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>There are promises and promises, but we get nothing</strong>, Fatima, a refugee from Syria, told one of my colleagues in Lebanon last week. Her counterparts in Jordan where I was visiting tell a very similar story. They call for more aid for those who have fled Syria of course – but also for something to be done for the millions left behind in their country’s vicious conflict.</p> <p>Unless the world’s aid catches up with their spiralling numbers, the prospect for refugees will be grim. But it is inside Syria where children are dying from hunger in opposition-held areas, and where millions cannot reach the assistance and safety they need.</p> <p>Gulf and Western governments have given more than $800 million to the UN’s appeals for Syria and its refugees this year, quite apart from millions more that is not so clearly recorded. The point is not that little has been given. The point is that it is being dramatically overtaken by the spiralling numbers who need it – within Syria and outside it – while so little progress is being made to reach those caught in the conflict. "<strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/syria-overtaken-need" target="_blank" title=" The world’s failure to meet Syria’s escalating humanitarian crisis" rel="nofollow">Overtaken by Need</a></strong>" is the new Oxfam briefing today that sums this up, and calls on the world to do dramatically more.</p> <p><strong>When the new UN appeal comes out in late May</strong> – based on far greater numbers in need – the amount given so far will look alarmingly small. <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/syria-appeal" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The need for more aid is vital and urgent</a></strong>. But it is also only the start. It is breaking down the obstacles that stop millions of Syrians reaching aid that is also absolutely vital. The scandal of 50 checkpoints – half government, half opposition – that stop aid convoys travelling from Damascus to Aleppo. The dwindling number of trucks that go through Turkey’s main crossing point at Kilis. That is the reality behind the shocking observation a few days ago, by the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, that access to those in need is getting even worse.</p> <p>From <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/WilliamJHague" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">William Hague</a></strong>, the British Foreign Secretary, to <strong><a href="http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49c3646c8.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Antonio Guterres</a></strong>, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, many people label Syria <strong>the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time</strong>. Almost thirty years ago, there was little doubt it was Ethiopia, where hundreds of thousands faced famine – largely in the north of the country controlled by the rebel movements of Tigray and Eritrea. </p> <p>The humanitarian answer then included two massive aid routes. With the agreement of Ethiopia’s government and rebels alike, Oxfam and Save the Children trucked vast amounts of relief from the south to the north, through the conflict’s frontlines. And with the acquiescence of all, Oxfam and others brought more over the border from Sudan, directly into opposition-controlled areas. Together, those routes saved, literally, countless thousands of lives.</p> <p><strong>Syria may or may not need exactly that answer.</strong> But it certainly needs the drive, the passionate refusal to take ‘no’ for an answer, and the determination to find ways round obstacles that characterised that aid effort then. Nothing less will do. Everyone with influence must make it clear to Syria’s government and opposition that they must do absolutely everything to allow aid to get through. <strong>The world – tragically divided over Syria so far – must unite in that call.</strong> The UN Security Council, with the authority only it has, must show that unity in action.</p> <h3>Please <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/syria-appeal" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">donate</a> to Oxfam's Syria crisis response</h3> <h3>Related links</h3> <p><strong>Download our briefing note <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/syria-overtaken-need" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">"Overtaken by need"</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Photos: <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/syria-crisis/photos" rel="nofollow">Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/syria-crisis" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a><strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/syria-crisis" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Oxfam's response to the Syria crisis</a></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Syria: the world must unite</h2></div> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 08:51:19 +0000 Ed Cairns 10299 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-04-30-syria-world-must-unite#comments History made as UN adopts world's first Arms Trade Treaty! http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-04-05-history-made-un-adopts-worlds-first-arms-trade-treaty <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>After over 10 years of campaigning for this treaty, lobbying governments again and again, and the campaigning actions from supporters all over the world we finally have the world’s first Arms Trade Treaty!</strong></p> <p>I have worked on this treaty for a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=cFH9j3Q4JQs#!" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>long time</strong></a>, back from before we launched the <a href="http://controlarms.org" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Control Arms campaign</strong> </a>with our partners in <a href="http://www.amnesty.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Amnesty</strong> </a>and <a href="http://www.iansa.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>IANSA</strong></a> in 2003. It's been a long journey, and success has been measured in all the incremental steps along they way. Getting our supporters engaged in the idea that we could change the arms trade; getting the first governments to publicly support the idea of a treaty to control the arms trade; the first ATT resolution that kicked off work inside the UN in 2006; getting support on specific elements of a possible text – the case for ammunition, the case for human rights, etc.</p> <p>For Oxfam, the strong link with armed violence and conflict and poverty is the reason we have been fought so hard for this treaty. I have been to many Oxfam programs in all regions of the world, and wherever I have been, I have met people who have told me how armed violence has torn apart their lives. How conflict prevents development from taking place, and how fear and instability blites communities.</p> <p>Kenya is a country where I have spent a lot of time in particular, and our <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/12-06-26-control-arms-millionth-supporter-julius-arile-kenya"><strong>‘Millionth Supporter” Julius Arile</strong></a> typifies the problems of an arms trade out of control. Julius became involved in armed cattle raiding as a very young man after his brother was killed in a raid on his own village, and wanting to retaliate. But then he saw his best friend shot and die in front of him, and he gave up his gun and became a runner and peace activist instead, persuading other young people against a life of violence. The easy availability of arms and ammunition flooding into Africa replicates this problem all over the continent, and it is no surprise that African states were among the treaty’s strongest advocates.</p> <p>I called Julius this morning on a crackly line to West Pokot, the rural part of Kenya where he lives. “We did it!” he said back to me, “I will tell all my people, they will be very happy.”</p> <p>And <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/sites/blogs.oxfam.org/files/un-arms-treaty-voting-list.jpg" target="_blank"><strong>indeed we did</strong></a>. This is a massive campaign victory and we should all celebrate, be happy, and know that with enough will and effort, change can, and does happen.</p> <h3>You may also like</h3> <p><strong>Blog: <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/13-03-22-another-day-office-pushing-global-arms-trade-treaty">Another day at the office, pushing for a global Arms Trade Treaty</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Q&amp;A: <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/campaigns/conflict/controlarms/why-we-need-global-arms-trade-treaty" rel="nofollow">Why we need a global Arms Trade Treaty</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Report: <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/getting-it-right" rel="nofollow">Getting it Right: The pieces that matter for the Arms Trade Treaty</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://pinterest.com/oxfaminternatl/peace-conflict/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Infographics</a> on peace and conflict</strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>History made as UN adopts world&#039;s first Arms Trade Treaty!</h2></div> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 08:42:51 +0000 Anna MacDonald 10268 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-04-05-history-made-un-adopts-worlds-first-arms-trade-treaty#comments ¡Armas bajo Control sacude a la ONU en el primer día de las negociaciones del TCA! http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/10252 <div class="field field-name-body"><p>Hemos vuelto... ¡y esta vez va en serio! Otro mes, otra reunión de la ONU, otra ronda de negociaciones sobre el Tratado Internacional de Comercio de Armas... Pero esta vez algunas cosas son diferentes. </p> <p>Tenemos un <strong><a href="http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/CONF.217/CRP.1&amp;Lang=E" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">borrador del tratado</a></strong>. Tiene algunas <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/es/policy/dar-en-el-blanco" rel="nofollow">lagunas</a></strong> que se deben corregir, pero es un buen comienzo. Y tenemos un movimiento global: de Addis Abeba a Libreville y de Kingstown a  La Haya, los gobiernos y miembros de la coalición <strong><a href="http://controlarms.org/es/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Armas bajo Control</a></strong> se han ido reuniendo  para prepararse para estas negociaciones.</p> <p>¡Y ahora empezamos con ganas!</p> <ul><li><strong>Sillones</strong>: Ban Ki Moon abrió las negociaciones preguntando en su <strong><a href="http://reachingcriticalwill.org/images/documents/Disarmament-fora/att/negotiating-conference-ii/statements/18March_UNSG.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">discurso</a></strong> por qué el comercio de sillones está regulado pero no el de las armas. La Misión del Reino Unido en Nueva York, por su parte, twiteó, algunos de nuestros datos clave. Es bueno comprobar que los gobiernos también usan nuestras investigaciones. </li> <li><strong>Actores</strong>: Nuestra primera rueda de prensa con el actor de Hollywood y embajador de Oxfam,<strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/es/about/ambassadors/djimon-hounsou" rel="nofollow"> Djimon Hounsou</a></strong>, el Jefe de la Delegación de México y Geoffery Duke, un socio de Sudán del Sur, fue muy bien acogida por los medios de comunicación ante las Naciones Unidas y ha dado lugar a varios artículos buenos.</li> <li><strong>Increíble apoyo por parte de algunos países</strong>: Más tarde por la mañana, México pronunció un potente <strong><a href="http://reachingcriticalwill.org/images/documents/Disarmament-fora/att/negotiating-conference-ii/statements/18March_Mexico-group.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">discurso de apertura</a></strong> en nombre de los 108 Estados decididos a ver mejoras en el texto y convencidos que un tratado débil sería peor que no tener tratado. Armas bajo Control está de acuerdo.</li> <li><strong>Esmoquin</strong>: A las seis de la tarde,  los delegados llenaron nuestra Recepción Inaugural, que incluyó las intervenciones de Paul O'Brien, de Oxfam, el ministro finlandés de Asuntos Exteriores Errki Tuomioja, el actor Djimon Hounsou y el Presidente de la Conferencia sobre el Tratado de Comercio de Armas, el Embajador Peter Woolcott. Varios ministros de Exteriores de otros estados también asistieron al evento, calificado por muchos delegados como excelente.</li> <li><strong>Ejercicio</strong>: También hemos recibido el apoyo de<strong> <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/es/blogs/12-07-09-encuentro-con-julius-arile-de-la-campana-armas-bajo-control-un-mensaje-desde-kenia">Julius Arile</a></strong> 'Un Millón de rostros', que corrió la media maratón de Nueva York, el domingo, con los colores de la coalición Armas bajo Control. Era su primera carrera en clima frío (y  también la primera vez que vio la nieve). Consiguió un resultado muy bueno, terminando octavo, a sólo 36 segundos del ganador y récord mundial, su compañero keniano Wilson Kipsang.</li> <li><strong>Tuits:</strong> Twitter está vibrando con el hashtag<strong><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23armstreaty" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> #armstreaty</a></strong>. ¡Por favor, únete a nosotros! Además, estamos consiguiendo que algunos tuiteros de alto perfil, incluyendo Stephen Fry, retuiteen nuestros mensajes. También hemos compartido un montón de imágenes y gráficos en la página de <strong><a href="http://www.facebook.com/ControlArms" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Facebook de la coalición Armas bajo Control</a></strong>.</li> </ul><p>Por último, si aún no has visto estos <strong>dos vídeos sobre el Tratado sobre el Comercio de Armas</strong>, hazlo ahora y compártelos (solo disponibles en inglés). El primero viene de Oxfam América:</p> <p></p> <p>Y uno de Cassette Boy y Amnistía Internacional:</p> <p>Echa un vistazo a nuestra lista de tuiteros clave de las negociaciones de armas de la ONU del Tratado de Comercio en Nueva York:<em> <a href="https://twitter.com/Oxfam/arms-trade-treaty" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>https://twitter.com/Oxfam/arms-trade-treaty</strong></a></em></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>¡Armas bajo Control sacude a la ONU en el primer día de las negociaciones del TCA!</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_en first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-03-20-control-arms-has-rocked-un-first-day-arms-trade-treaty-negotiations" title="Control Arms has rocked the UN on the first day of the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations!" class="translation-link" xml:lang="en">English</a></li> <li class="translation_fr last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/13-03-20-campagne-controlez-armes-fait-bouger-nations-unies" title="La campagne Contrôlez les armes fait bouger les Nations unies !" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:48:54 +0000 Anna MacDonald 10252 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/10252#comments Control Arms has rocked the UN on the first day of the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations! http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-03-20-control-arms-has-rocked-un-first-day-arms-trade-treaty-negotiations <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>We're back... and this time it's serious! Another month, another UN meeting, another round of Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) negotiations. But this time some things are different.</strong></p> <p>We have a <strong><a href="http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/CONF.217/CRP.1&amp;Lang=E" rel="nofollow">draft treaty text</a></strong> – it's got some <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/getting-it-right" rel="nofollow">loopholes that must be fixed</a></strong>, but it's a good start. And we have momentum – from Addis Ababa to Libreville to Kingstown to The Hague governments and <strong><a href="http://controlarms.org" rel="nofollow">Control Arms Coalition</a></strong> members have been getting together to prepare for these negotiations.</p> <p><strong>And now we have kicked off in style!</strong></p> <ul><li><strong>Armchairs: </strong>Ban Ki Moon <strong>opened the negotiations</strong>, <strong><a href="http://reachingcriticalwill.org/images/documents/Disarmament-fora/att/negotiating-conference-ii/statements/18March_UNSG.pdf" rel="nofollow">asking</a></strong> why armchairs are regulated but not arms in his speech. The UK Mission in New York has been <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/UKUN_NewYork/status/313930477658570752" rel="nofollow">tweeting</a></strong> some of our killer facts – good to see our research being so widely used by governments!</li> <li><strong>Actors</strong>: Our first press briefing with <strong>Hollywood actor and Oxfam global ambassador <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/about/ambassadors/djimon-hounsou" rel="nofollow">Djimon Hounsou</a></strong>, the Head of the Mexican Delegation and Geoffery Duke, a partner from South Sudan was really well attended by the UN press corps and led to some <strong><a href="http://www.looktothestars.org/news/9884-djimon-hounsou-joins-stars-in-supporting-strong-arms-trade-treaty" rel="nofollow">good opening articles</a></strong>.</li> <li><strong>Amazing</strong> states: Later in the morning <strong>Mexico delivered a <a href="http://reachingcriticalwill.org/images/documents/Disarmament-fora/att/negotiating-conference-ii/statements/18March_Mexico-group.pdf" rel="nofollow">strong opening statement</a></strong> on behalf of an amazing 108 states, determined to see improvements to the text and stating that a weak treaty would be worse than no treaty. Control Arms agrees.</li> <li><strong>Tuxedos</strong>: At 6pm delegates packed out our <strong>Opening Night reception</strong>, which included remarks from Oxfam's Paul O'Brien, Finnish Foreign Minister Errki Tuomioja, Actor Djimon Hounsou and ATT President Ambassador Peter Woolcott. Several other Foreign Ministers also attended the reception, which many delegates commented on as an excellent event.</li> <li><strong>Thighs</strong>: We have also been supported by <strong>'Millionth Face' <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/12-06-26-control-arms-millionth-supporter-julius-arile-kenya">Julius Arile</a></strong>, who ran the NYC half-marathon on Sunday for Control Arms, his first ever race in cold weather (and his first time to see snow). He did really well, finishing in 8th place, only 36 seconds behind the World Record holder and winner, fellow Kenyan Wilson Kipsang.</li> <li><strong>Tweets: Twitter is buzzing</strong> on the <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23armstreaty" rel="nofollow">#armstreaty</a></strong> hashtag, please join in! And we are getting some high-profile tweeters including Stephen Fry re-tweeting our messages. Plus, lots of reactive infographics going out on the <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ControlArms" rel="nofollow">Control Arms Facebook page</a></strong>.</li> </ul><p>Finally, if you have not yet seen these <strong>two amazing Arms Trade Treaty videos</strong>, they are worth a look (and please promote), one from Oxfam America:</p> <p>And one from Cassette Boy and Amnesty International:</p> <em>Check out our list of key tweeters from the UN Arms Trade Treaty negotiations in NYC: <a href="https://twitter.com/Oxfam/arms-trade-treaty" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>https://twitter.com/Oxfam/arms-trade-treaty</strong></a></em></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Control Arms has rocked the UN on the first day of the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations!</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/13-03-20-campagne-controlez-armes-fait-bouger-nations-unies" title="La campagne Contrôlez les armes fait bouger les Nations unies !" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> <li class="translation_es last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/13-03-21-armas-bajo-control-sacude-onu-primer-dia-negociaciones-TCA" title="¡Armas bajo Control sacude a la ONU en el primer día de las negociaciones del TCA!" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:21:25 +0000 Anna MacDonald 10249 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-03-20-control-arms-has-rocked-un-first-day-arms-trade-treaty-negotiations#comments Join our Twitter action: UN human rights monitors in #MaliNow http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-02-04-join-our-twitter-action-un-human-rights-monitors-malinow <div class="field field-name-body"><p>International leaders are meeting in Brussels tomorrow to discuss the Mali crisis and organize support. Ask them to send UN human rights monitors to Mali now:</p> <a href="https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?button_hashtag=MaliNow&amp;text=I'm%20calling%20for%20%40UN%20%23humanrights%20monitors%20to%20%23MaliNOW%20http%3A%2F%2Foxf.am%2F3uj%20Pls%20RT%20today%20to%20show%20your%20support%20%23Mali" rel="nofollow">Tweet #MaliNow</a> <p><strong>Working with partners, we are launching a targeted twitter action from 2pm GMT today, calling for the urgent deployment of UN human rights monitors to Mali, ahead of an EU-hosted international meeting on Mali tomorrow. </strong></p> <p>Following a rapid escalation of fighting in Mali, the United Nations Security Council and donors urgently need to fund and ensure deployment of monitors through the UN system.</p> <p><strong>Add your voice to the call</strong> by tweeting @UN urging rapid deployment of monitors now, using the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MaliNow&amp;src=typd" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>#MaliNow</strong></a> hashtag.</p> <blockquote><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Refugees" rel="nofollow">#Refugees</a> still fleeing <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Mali" rel="nofollow">#Mali</a>. YOU can help! Join our twitter action at 2pmGMT calling for @<a href="https://twitter.com/un" rel="nofollow">un</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23humanrights" rel="nofollow">#humanrights</a> observers in <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23MaliNow" rel="nofollow">#MaliNow</a></p> <p>— Oxfam International (@Oxfam) <a href="https://twitter.com/Oxfam/status/298386745387520000" rel="nofollow">February 4, 2013</a></p></blockquote> <h3>What are we calling for?</h3> <p>Military intervention in Mali was scaled up very quickly in January 2013. It is essential that UN human rights monitors are quickly deployed in order to address human rights abuses by all actors. The UN Security Council and donors urgently need to fund and ensure deployment of monitors through the UN system.</p> <p>Despite clear calls for rapid deployment of monitors from the African Union's Peace and Security Council, the European Union's Foreign Affairs Council and strong human rights and <strong><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_humanitarian_law" rel="nofollow">International Humanitarian Law</a></strong> language in the UN Security Council resolution authorizing an African-led international force, there is still not sustained UN human rights capacity on the ground.</p> <p>UN human rights monitors should be deployed in sufficient number and able to reach conflict-affected zones, especially in areas of military operations where information is more limited. Their presence will help to deter abuses and ensure accountability. Operating separately from independent monitors deployed through the UN, it is also important that all forces active in Mali include relevant legal advisors to ensure compliance with humanitarian and human rights law - including the Malian, AFISMA and French forces.</p> <h3>What's happening in Mali now?</h3> <p><strong>Over 230,000 people</strong> are now displaced within Mali and <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/malis-conflict-refugees" rel="nofollow">over 150,000 refugees</a></strong> have gone to in Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso. Civilians continue to flee the military offensive. From 11-30 January alone <strong><a href="http://mali.humanitarianresponse.info/sites/mali.humanitarianresponse.info/files/Mali_Snapshot_en_20130201.pdf" rel="nofollow">nearly 18,000 people</a></strong> fled the country.</p> <p>The UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, has <strong><a href="http://reliefweb.int/report/mali/mali-un-genocide-adviser-warns-reprisals-against-tuareg-and-arab-populations" rel="nofollow">voiced concerns about reprisals</a></strong>:</p> <blockquote><p>“While the liberation of towns once under the control of the rebel and extremist groups has brought hope to the populations of northern Mali, I am deeply concerned at the risk of reprisal attacks against ethnic Tuareg and Arab civilians.”</p></blockquote> <p>Human rights groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have published information on reprisals in recent days.</p> <p>In areas of northern Mali <strong>the price of food and fuel is rocketing</strong> as supplies start to dry up after looting following recent military operations, and with traders who have fled the area failing to return amid growing numbers of reports of reprisal attacks.</p> <p>According to recent assessments by Oxfam, food prices have risen by nearly 20 per cent since foreign military intervention in Mali in January.</p> <p>Safe access is an urgent priority for humanitarian agencies, as well as for the commercial traffic which is so essential to the supply of food  and other basic items.</p> <h3>Read more</h3> <p><strong>See the photos: </strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/sahel-food-crisis/refugee-crisis-mali" rel="nofollow"><strong>Mali refugee crisis hits Sahel</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Read the report: <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/malis-conflict-refugees" rel="nofollow">Mali’s Conflict Refugees: Responding to a growing crisis</a></strong> - Oxfam analysis of how to better meet the needs of refugees &amp; build a better future for Mali</p> //</div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Join our Twitter action: UN human rights monitors in #MaliNow</h2></div> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 13:00:35 +0000 Joel M Bassuk 10208 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-02-04-join-our-twitter-action-un-human-rights-monitors-malinow#comments