Oxfam at the UN General Assembly from 24-28 September, 2018

By Oxfam

The UN General Assembly is the main forum for world leaders to come together to discuss international political cooperation, threats to peace and economic development, and many other pressing social, humanitarian and cultural issues. All year, Oxfam works globally to address so many of these critical issues, while continuing to advocate for a more vital, people-centered, multilateral system that is responsive to the needs of the most vulnerable.  

During the UNGA high-level week, Oxfam will be highlighting some of the most serious issues facing people today at many high-level discussions:  the humanitarian crises in Yemen, South Sudan, Syria; the Rohingya refugee crisis; the future of global compacts on migration and refugees; how the SDGs will be financed, and what the role private sector should play; how all people can have access to the medicine they need.  We will also be following and reacting to the General Debate speeches and other events.

Please see the list below for highlights of how Oxfam is engaging, and the related content we will have to share throughout the week. Please also follow @Oxfam on twitter for updates.

1.         Oxfam spokespeople at UNGA:   

Oxfam experts, including Oxfam International’s Executive Director, Winnie Byanyima, and Oxfam America President, Abby Maxman, who recently traveled to Yemen, will be available for interview: 

  • Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International 
  • Abby Maxman, President, Oxfam America
  • Kathryn Achilles, Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor, Oxfam International
  • Sarnata Reynolds, Policy Lead, Humanitarian Campaigns, Oxfam International
  • Caroline Ashley, Head, Economic Justice, Oxfam Great Britain
  • Uwe Gneiting, Private Sector Advisor, Oxfam America
  • Dr. Mohga Kamal-Yanni, Senior health & HIV Policy Advisor, Oxfam Great Britain
  • Kristen Hite, Climate Change Policy Lead, Oxfam International
  • Anna Tonelli, Senior Inclusive Peace and Security Advisor, Oxfam International

2.       Key dates: UNGA events Oxfam is participating in:

Oxfam has high-level speaking roles at the following events:

Monday 24th: 
[1:15 -2:30pm] Event: Protecting the Health and Rights of Women and Girls affected by Conflict: Focus on Yemen and South Sudan
Oxfam spokesperson: Abby Maxman, President Oxfam America
Content: Abby will be speaking about her recent trip to Yemen and how vital it is for women in Yemen and South Sudan to be key decision-makers in how their communities’ needs are met.

[9am-5pm] Event: World Economic Forum: Sustainable Development Impact Summit 
Oxfam spokespeople: Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International; Uwe Gneiting, Private Sector Advisor, Oxfam America
Content: Winnie will be speaking in the morning about building sustainable markets.

[3-5pm] Event: UNSG’s High-level Meeting on Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Oxfam spokespeople:  Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International

Tuesday 25th:

[9-10:30am] Event: High Level Roundtable on ‘Gender-Responsive Humanitarian Action: Putting policy into action in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis’ 
Oxfam spokesperson: Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director Oxfam International
Content: Winnie will be participating in a roundtable at this event, highlighting Oxfam’s humanitarian response and advocacy related to women and girls, detailed in our recent report: One Year On: Time to put women and girls at the heart of the Rohingya response

3. Oxfam spokespeople will be attending the following events, with related comments and/or content available: 

Monday, September 24th:

[9:30am-6pm] The Nelson Mandela Peace Summit
Oxfam spokesperson:  Anna Tonelli, Senior Inclusive Peace and Security Advisor, Oxfam International

[10:30am-2:30pm] Event: Business Fights Poverty NYC 2018: Rethinking Collaboration for the SDGs 
Oxfam spokesperson: Uwe Gneiting, Private Sector Advisor, Oxfam America 
Content: Oxfam will be launching a report about how Corporations are really doing on their SDG commitments, called Walking the Talk? Exploring companies’ progress from SDG rhetoric to action (link will go live on Monday)

[1:15 -2:30pm] Event: The Humanitarian Response in Yemen
Oxfam spokespeople: Abby Maxman, President Oxfam AmericaKathryn Achilles, Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor, Oxfam International
Content: Briefing on Humanitarian Situation in Hudaydah, National NGO Statement, with more to come

Tuesday, September 25th:

[8:30am-12pm] Event: Transforming Food Systems to Drive Impact on SDG2
Oxfam spokesperson: Uwe Gneiting, Private Sector Advisor, Oxfam America

[11am-12:30pm] Event: High-Level Humanitarian Event on South Sudan
Oxfam spokesperson: Kathryn Achilles, Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor, Oxfam International
Content: Joint Paper on the Challenges to the Humanitarian Response in South Sudan

[6:30-8pm] Event: Breaking the cycle between Conflict and Hunger
Oxfam spokesperson: Kathryn Achilles, Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor, Oxfam International
Content: Joint INGO statement

Wednesday, September 26th: 

[8:30-10am] Event: Civilians under Fire: Humanitarian Protection and Respect for International Humanitarian Law
Oxfam spokesperson: Kathryn Achilles, Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor, Oxfam International

[10-11:30am] Event: Catholic Relief Services Interfaith Panel: Discussing the Global Compact on Refugees
Oxfam spokesperson: Sarnata Reynolds, Policy Lead, Humanitarian Campaigns, Oxfam International

[10:30am-12:30pm] Event: The EU-Hosted High-Level Meeting on the Syria Crisis at UNGA73
Oxfam spokesperson: Kathryn Achilles, Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor, Oxfam International
Content: Tailor Made: How Syrian refugee women are finding their own way to join the Jordanian economy

[2-4pm] Event: Global Compact on Migration - "Road to Marrakech"
Oxfam spokesperson: Sarnata Reynolds, Policy Lead, Humanitarian Campaigns, Oxfam International

[3-5pm] Event: The Security Council and Women, Peace and Security
Oxfam spokesperson: Anna Tonelli, Senior Inclusive Peace and Security Advisor, Oxfam International

[10am-6pm] Event: High-Level Meeting on Ending TB
Oxfam spokesperson: Dr. Mohga Kamal-Yanni, Senior health & HIV Policy Advisor, Oxfam Great Britain
Content: Oxfam released a report last week, “Prescription for Poverty” which discusses how major pharmaceutical companies dodge taxes, inflate drug prices, all with the help of massive lobbying efforts

Thursday, September 27th:

[10am-1pm] Event: High-Level Event on the Issue of Rohingya Minority of Myanmar
Oxfam spokesperson: Sarnata Reynolds, Policy Lead, Humanitarian Campaigns, Oxfam International

[11am-5:30pm] Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases
Oxfam spokesperson: Dr. Mohga Kamal-Yanni, Senior health & HIV Policy Advisor, Oxfam Great Britain
Content: Oxfam released a report last week, “Prescription for Poverty” which discusses how major pharmaceutical companies dodge taxes, inflate drug prices, all with the help of massive lobbying efforts

Friday, September 28th:

[9am-2pm] Event: Business Call to Action Annual Forum
Oxfam spokesperson: Caroline Ashley, Head, Economic Justice, Oxfam Great Britain

[10am- 12pm] Event: Youth, Peace and Security High-Level Event on the Progress Report on Youth
Oxfam spokesperson: Anna Tonelli, Senior Inclusive Peace and Security Advisor, Oxfam International

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