Oxfam meets Japanese Prime Minister Fukuda
by Stuart McWilliam, Campaign Manager, Oxfam Japan
One of the most important things about campaigning is making sure that our voices get heard by the people making decisions.
On June 18, Oxfam made sure that the Japanese leader Prime Minister Fukuda heard our G8 campaign wishes at a meeting held with GCAP, Japanese organisations and Oxfam International’s Executive Director Jeremy Hobbs. Prime Minister Fukuda received the list of Action Now! demands for the G8 leaders. He was also given an interim total of wishes collected through the Action Now campaign, the Japanese G8 campaign called “Me Too”, and the food campaigning work that Oxfam, Avaaz and GCAP are all doing. These wishes came to huge total of over 570,000!
This doesn’t mean “Action Now!” is stopping. Far from it! We will keep on collecting the voices of people around the world right up to the G8. We will also be handing in our food crisis campaign action at the G8, as this is will be a key moment to get all of Oxfam’s issues heard loud and clear. The more world leaders feel the pressure, the more likely they are to meet our demands.
Top photo: From L-R, Prime Minister Fukuda, GCAP Representative, Oxfam Director Jeremy Hobbs. Bottom photo:The full delegation of Japanese NGOs, Oxfam & GCAP with the PM. Credit: Hitoshi Furuya