UN meet to avoid failure: Oxfam
A UN conference in Doha on aid to developing nations is set to avoid "total failure" because of a new sense of urgency among negotiators, a non-government aid agency said on Sunday.
Negotiations "have begun to recognise the need for urgent action to help finance the battle against global poverty," according to Ariane Arpa, head of the Oxfam International delegation in Doha.
"Thankfully, it seems that total failure has now been avoided," she said. Credit must go to UN officials "for wiping the slate clean and producing a draft document that has won the backing of the EU."
Major powers "at least recognise that it is not just for the G-20 countries to oversee the much needed review of the international financial architecture, but that the UN also has a vital role to play," Arpa said.
There is still a long way to go, however, and there "is every danger that the current version will be considerably watered down by non-EU members of the G8," she said.