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Launch over. Global campaign just beginning!

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Avinash Kumar, Oxfam’s For All campaign team, India by Avinash Kumar, Oxfam’s For All campaign team, India

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The event is over but the campaign has just begun…

As the stress and excitement of the day wears off I am slipping into a leisurely stupor! But there are still some slightly frenzied recollections of the day floating through my head.

For All Campaign launch day

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Michelle Dixon, Oxfam International For All campaigner[digg=http://digg.com/world_news/Oxfam_s_For_All_Campaign_launch_day]

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Umang and Umed / Oxfam by Michelle Dixon, Oxfam International For All campaigner. Credit: Umang & Umed / Oxfam

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The day of the For All Campaign launch finally arrived! I had scripts and schedules all planned out to the minute.

300 kids and an 8 foot long pencil….

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Children dressed up as doctors, nurses and teachers help actor Rahul Bose sign Oxfam’s giant “For All” Petition calling for universal health and education.

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Emma Seery by Emma Seery: Oxfam International For All campaign team

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[digg=http://digg.com/world_news/300_kids_and_an_8_foot_long_pencil]I am here in Delhi working with the team putting the fin

archive test g8

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Heiligen-sham: the devil's in the detail

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So we are about to pack up the office and head home, and to be honest I am feeling pretty blue after the final G8 announcements today. Despite your efforts, and despite the efforts of people here in Germany, this year’s G8 was a missed opportunity.

A Cheap Promise, A Costly Decision

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The G8 today announced their decision on “a commitment of $60 billion for AIDS, TB and malaria money.” But beneath the spin, dazzling the world with numbers, in fact they have just ‘reannounced’ their existing aid budgets, with only $3 billion in new money. This is miles off the 2005 promise of $50 billion new aid a year needed to halve poverty, and while important in the fight against HIV / AIDS, should be seen for what it is – a small step when we need a big leap.

A night with Bono makes our heads even bigger!

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Hi there. This is the first Oxfam group blog from your favourite G8 Big Heads. Unlike the real G8, we have managed to get our official position together pretty quickly. The concert yesterday rocked!

So yesterday morning we were on the beach just chilling out. Merkel was trying to get us together to chat about important stuff, but we were all distracted by the sun and surf. Bush was busy building his sandcastle empire, and we were all lazing around.And then we got an unexpected phone call via our agent.

Has the G8 climate really changed?

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The G8 yesterday announced their agreement on climate change. And while it has the appearance of success, we here at Oxfam still have issues about what they’ve agreed.
I’ve only been working on climate change for a few months, but what I do know is that it’s already hitting people in developing countries first and worst. And without adequate money and the proper support systems to deal with the problem, these people will carry on suffering and it will only get worse – more droughts, more floods, more famine. More poverty.