Media Advisory: Oxfam at the UN General Assembly – 18-22 September 2017

By Oxfam

What: The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) is convening at UN Headquarters with the General Debate opening on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. 

When: Oxfam will be present at High Level Events at UNGA during the week September 18-22, 2017

Where: UN Headquarters, New York.

Why: The UNGA is the democratic heart of the UN. It is the main global forum for discussing international political cooperation, threats to peace and economic development, as well as the huge range of social, humanitarian and cultural issues that come under the remit of the United Nations.

In a world where conflicts are continuing unabated, inequality is increasing, the displacement crisis is worsening, and the international community is struggling to respond to fatal food insecurity, multilateralism has an increasingly important role. 

This will be the first UNGA for French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump, as well as for the new Secretary-General, António Guterres. He is pushing for a surge in diplomacy for peace; aims to highlight the links between climate change and sustainable development; and hopes to strengthen gender parity within the UN system itself.

Oxfam press officers at UNGA:

Lauren Hartnett

[email protected]

Mobile:+1 (203) 247-3920

Skype: lauren.hartnett6 

@lhartnett615  

 

Attila Kulcsar

[email protected]

Mobile: +44 7471 142974

Skype: LondonW1

@attilalondon

1.         Oxfam spokespeople at the UNGA

Oxfam experts will be available for interview on a variety of topics, including Oxfam International’s Executive Director Winnie Byanyima, and Oxfam America’s new President Abby Maxman, who will be just back from South Sudan. Oxfam will be participating in a range of activities covering refugees and migration, tax havens, the sustainable development goals, the private sector, climate change, and humanitarian crises such as the hunger crises in Yemen, Syria, South Sudan and the Lake Chad Basin.

Oxfam’s experts are available for interviews in English, Spanish, German, Arabic and Danish.

  • Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director Oxfam International 
  • Sarnata Reynolds, Policy Lead, Humanitarian Campaigns at Oxfam 
  • Abby Maxman, President of Oxfam America
  • Kathryn Achilles, Oxfam’s Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor
  • Susana Ruiz, Oxfam’s Fiscal Justice Policy Lead 
  • Uwe Gneiting, Private Sector Advisor at Oxfam America
  • Kira Boe, Education Advocacy Advisor at Oxfam IBIS
  • Heather Coleman, Climate Change Policy Manager at Oxfam America
  • Dr. Mohga Kamal-Yanni, Oxfam's Senior health & HIV policy advisor

2.         Key Dates: Press releases and UNGA events Oxfam is attending

  • Monday September 18: 

Oxfam press release on global displacement 

Oxfam spokespeople: Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director Oxfam International 

Sarnata Reynolds, Policy Lead, Humanitarian Campaigns at Oxfam 

Press release highlighting the lack of meaningful progress in finding solutions for refugees since the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New York this time last year. World leaders agreed at that summit to strike a deal – to be entered into in 2018 – that would decide how the world would respond to the 65 million people forced to flee their homes. We have just 12 months left to tell our governments to deliver on their promise to find a more effective response to the refugee crisis, whereby responsibility for refugees is shared by all. 

Event - Secretary General’s roundtable on climate change 

Oxfam spokesperson: Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director Oxfam International

Event - High-Level Follow-Up Meeting of the Global Deal

Oxfam spokesperson: Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director Oxfam International

The launch of the Global Deal last year marked the starting point for efforts that have now entered an intensive phase.

Event - From Tax Competition to Tax Cooperation: An Alternative to the Race to the Bottom

Oxfam spokesperson: Susana Ruiz, Oxfam’s Fiscal Justice Policy Lead

Fair taxation can help in fighting inequality, realizing human rights, and ensuring the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). http://www.icrict.org

  • Tuesday September 19

Event - WEF Sustainable Development Impact Summit

Oxfam spokespeople: Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director Oxfam International

Uwe Gneiting, Private Sector Advisor at Oxfam America

Winnie will be on the panel of this event which looks at ways to promote a 'fourth sector' and will mark the launch of Oxfam’s Future of Business initiative to encourage more equitable business that disrupt shareholder supremacy and tackle inequality.

  • Wednesday September 20: 

Event - The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants: One Year On

Oxfam spokespeople: Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director Oxfam International

Sarnata Reynolds, Policy Lead, Humanitarian Campaigns at Oxfam 

Event - High-Level Humanitarian Event on South Sudan

Oxfam spokesperson: Abby Maxman, President Oxfam America

Oxfam America President Abby Maxman will be the NGO representative on the panel of a high level event on September 20 fresh from her trip to South Sudan. Abby will be talking about the priorities and challenges of working there and the importance of peace.

  • Thursday September 21: 

Oxfam press release on Yemen food crisis

Oxfam spokesperson: Sarnata Reynolds, Policy Lead, Humanitarian Campaigns at Oxfam  

Recent research shows that the food security situation in Yemen has deteriorated since 2015 because of the impact of the war on food prices, rather than because of a food shortage. With a shattered economy, higher prices and the absence of salaries, millions of Yemenis can no longer afford to feed themselves with the average price of the minimum food basket 30 percent higher than before the conflict.

Event - High-Level Event on the Famine Response and Prevention

Oxfam spokespeople: Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director Oxfam International

Abby Maxman, President of Oxfam America

Event - UN Global Compact Leader Summit

Spokespeople: Abby Maxman, President Oxfam America

Uwe Gneiting, Private Sector Advisor at Oxfam America

Abby will be on the panel for this year’s event which will focus on the SDGs and feature the launch of the “SDG Blueprint” which details expectations of the private sector under the SDGs.

Museum without a Home – a public installation for UNGA 

Where: Herald Square, New York – outside Macy’s Department Store

When:  September 21, 2017, 8am to 6pm

For one day only, the award-winning “Museum without a Home” travels from the Greek capital, Athens, to transform the public area of Herald Square outside Macy’s Department Store into a space of humanity and hope. As the global displacement crisis continues to worsen, some people in communities where displaced people arrive are showing great warmth and hospitality towards refugees - now their new neighbors after fleeing their countries to escape war and persecution. 

Oxfam in association with Amnesty International originally created Museum without a Home (http://www.museumwithoutahome.gr/en) to thank those people who had offered pieces of their lives, both metaphorically and literally, to this cause. A child’s toy, a pair of shoes and a cooking pot are among the actual objects that will be on display in New York that women, men, and children gave to refugees to make their life easier and to comfort them in their new homes or along their journeys. 

Event - Ministerial Roundtable on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region

Oxfam Spokesperson: Kathryn Achilles, Oxfam’s Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor 

  • Friday September 22: 

Oxfam press release on access to medicines

Oxfam spokesperson: Dr. Mohga Kamal-Yanni, Oxfam's Senior health & HIV policy advisor

One year on from last year's UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines, the pharmaceutical industry backed by the US, EC and other rich countries continues to block the UN from taking action to implement the recommendations of a UN expert panel to reduce the cost of vital medicines. 

Event - High-Level Event on the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

Oxfam spokesperson: Sarnata Reynolds, Policy Lead, Humanitarian Campaigns at Oxfam 

3. Oxfam will also be following Education at UNGA

Oxfam spokesperson: Kira Boe, Education Advocacy Advisor at Oxfam IBIS

 There is growing recognition that progress on the Sustainable Development Goal for education (SDG4) is fundamental to the achievement of all the other SDGs. But two years into implementation of the SDG framework, the increases in financing that are needed to make a breakthrough on achieving the 2030 Education agenda have not been made.

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