Media calendar

Oxfam’s media calendar contains stories and reports for the coming months.

Do get in touch with the relevant contact if you’d like any more information or contact the duty press officer on +44 7748 761999 (calls and voicemail, no texts) or media.unit@oxfam.org.uk

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COVID-19:

  • Humanitarian: Since the pandemic started, Oxfam has helped over 11 million of the world’s most vulnerable people, working together with over 344 partners across 66 countries. This includes providing food and clean water, information about COVID-19 and its prevention, and developing innovative new tools to stop the spread such as contactless hand-washing stations. For more information on Oxfam’s response contact: +44 (0)7748 761999 / media.unit@oxfam.org.uk
  • Yemen: For Yemen coronavirus comes after nearly six years of conflict between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis had already created the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis. Only half of health facilities are fully working and millions of people have fled their homes and live in camps with little food and poor hygiene. Oxfam is working across the country to train community health volunteers to spread the word about coronavirus and the importance of hygiene and hand washing. We’re also giving cash for people to buy food and other essentials. For interviews and information contact: Tania Corbett / +44 (0)7824 824359 / tcorbett1@oxfam.org.uk
  • Vaccines: Oxfam is part of the People’s Vaccine Alliance, which has warned that 9 out of 10 people in the majority of poor countries won’t get access to a COVID-19 vaccine this year. The Alliance is calling for governments and the pharmaceutical industry to work together and share science and technology, so that everyone, everywhere can get a vaccine, regardless of their income. For more information contact: Sarah Dransfield +44 (0)7884 114825 / sdransfield@oxfam.org.uk

Climate: Climate change is hitting the poorest people on the planet the hardest with more extreme weather destroying people’s lives, homes and jobs. As the UK prepares to host the most important UN climate talks in years in November, Oxfam is calling for governments to take ambitious action to cut emissions and for wealthy nations to provide climate finance. For more information contact: Kai Tabacek / ktabacek1@oxfam.org.uk / +44 (0)7584 265077

February

3 Feb (TBC): People’s Vaccine Alliance press release: The supply of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines is being artificially rationed because of the protection of exclusive rights and monopolies of pharmaceutical corporations, while the potential production capacity isn’t being fully utilised. For more information contact: Sarah Dransfield / +44 (0)7884 114825 / sdransfield@oxfam.org.uk

Early Feb (TBC): Oxfam research in to escalating personal debt levels in Yemen. Contact: Tania Corbett / +44 (0)7824 824359 / tcorbett1@oxfam.org.uk

Early Feb (TBC): The UN to publish its overview of humanitarian needs in Yemen and its plan to deliver food, water, medical help and other aid in 2021. Contact: Tania Corbett / +44 (0)7824 824359 / tcorbett1@oxfam.org.uk

9 Feb: The UK government to publish quarterly data on licences granted for arms exports. This is likely to show a resumption in licences for exports to Saudi Arabia after the government announced in July it would restart the process. Arms licences to Saudi Arabia were suspended following an Appeal Court ruling in 2019 that British arms might have been used in Yemen in violation of International Humanitarian Law. Contact: Tania Corbett / +44 (0)7824 824359 / tcorbett1@oxfam.org.uk

1-14 Feb: Show the Love with the Climate Coalition. The Climate Coalition brings together 140 organisations including Oxfam with two weeks of climate-themed activities leading up to Valentine’s Day. For more information contact: Kai Tabacek / ktabacek1@oxfam.org.uk / +44 (0)7584 265077

20 Feb: Date by which US is expected to formally re-join the Paris Agreement, that commits countries to reducing carbon emissions. Oxfam spokespeople available in the US and the UK for comment on what this means as the UK prepares to host the most important climate talks in years. Contact: Kai Tabacek / ktabacek1@oxfam.org.uk / +44 (0)7584 265077 or Tania Corbett / +44 (0)7824 824359 / tcorbett1@oxfam.org.uk

March

3 March: UK Budget. Oxfam has been urging the government to make the uplift to Universal Credit permanent as well as calling for a tax increase on the wealthiest to help the global recovery and shape more equal societies. Oxfam spokespeople available for comment. Contact Oxfam’s media unit on: +44 (0)7748 761999 / media.unit@oxfam.org.uk

11 March: One year on from the COVID-19 global pandemic being declared. Oxfam and The People’s Vaccine Alliance spokespeople available for comment and interviews on the campaign for a ‘People’s Vaccine’. Oxfam spokespeople also available for comment on the humanitarian impact of the pandemic. For more information contact: Sarah Dransfield / +44 (0)7884 114825 / sdransfield@oxfam.org.uk

15 March: Syria – ten years since the conflict began. Oxfam spokespeople available for comment on the humanitarian situation. Contact Oxfam’s media unit on: +44 (0)7748 761999 / media.unit@oxfam.org.uk

22 March: World Water Day. Contact Oxfam’s media unit on: +44 (0)7748 761999 / media.unit@oxfam.org.uk

26 March: Six years since the conflict in Yemen escalated with the involvement of the Saudi-led coalition in support of the internationally-recognised government. Yemen remains the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world with approximately 80 percent of the population in need of aid. For interviews and information, contact Tania Corbett / +44 (0)7824 824359 / tcorbett1@oxfam.org.uk

Late March/April (TBC): Government plans to legislate cuts to overseas aid expected to be put to a vote in Parliament. Oxfam is calling for MPs to vote down this legislation and make the Government think again about cutting the UK’s lifeline to the world’s poorest communities in the midst of a global pandemic. Oxfam spokespeople available for comment. Contact: Sophie Bowell / +44 (0)7810 814980 / sbowell@oxfam.org.uk

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