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Louis Belanger
Louis Belanger is the spokesperson for aid agency Oxfam in New York.

As the spokesperson for Oxfam, Louis works with journalists, film makers, producers and activists to put a human face on global events, including humanitarian crises and conflicts. This line of work has taken him to cover the earthquake in Haiti, the war in Congo, Syrian refugee crisis and international summits around the world. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Le Monde, El Pais and the Guardian. He's appeared as an expert guest on CNN, MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews and BBC World.

Louis was Oxfam's media officer in Washington DC and Brussels from 2004 to 2007 and previously worked for the International Trade Union Confederation and the World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF. He is from Quebec, Canada and speaks English, French and Spanish.

Entries by Louis Belanger

Syria in 3D: Street Art in Front of UN Calls for Peace Talks

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 4:33 PM

Talk of weapons, chemical or otherwise, dominated this year's UN General Assembly. World leaders are now closer to a resolution on how to manage a safe and speedy removal of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile, momentous discussions on Iran's nuclear program have moved forward and history was made on Wednesday when...

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Actor Gael García Bernal Meets Syrian Refugees

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 10:42 AM

Our Oxfam Global Ambassador and Hollywood actor Gael García Bernal has taken time out from filming on location in Jordan to meet Syrian refugees.

The Mexican-born star who has starred in six Academy Award-nominated films including Babel and The Motorcycle Diaries, visited refugee families living in...

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100,000 Deaths in Syria and Counting -- Time for Peace

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 5:19 PM

The number of reported deaths in Syria continues to rise relentlessly. This time last year the figure was hovering around 20,000. That was bad enough -- but no one could have imagined that within 12 months the total would have topped 100,000, with more, inevitably, to come.

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[Video] Victims of the Unregulated Arms Trade

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 5:50 PM

NEW YORK, Mar 22, 2013 - Control Arms released a chilling video Tuesday that calls attention to the mass atrocities taking place globally due to the lack of rules on the global arms trade.

The video was released to raise awareness and build support for the campaign to create...

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From the Camps of Congo to the Corridors of the UN

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 11:02 AM

I spent a good part of this winter in Goma, Eastern DRC. I went to cover the conflict in the region and see for myself the programs that aid agency Oxfam had been scaling up since the region imploded in November of 2012. Literally tens of thousands of...

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Ending Violence Against Women -- Now the Real Work Starts

(1) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 5:55 PM

Last Friday, governments at the UN adopted an outcome document at the conclusion of the 2 weeks session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 57). Following last year's collapse of the meeting and the huge pressure from conservative forces who tried to derail the process, the...

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Eastern Congo: Millions Left at the Mercy of Militias and Armed Forces

(19) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 1:08 PM

Aid agency Oxfam warns of risk of war on top of the daily violence and abuse people already face.

More than one million people are at risk of militia, rebel and army attacks as fighters begin to position themselves in and around the provincial city of Goma with little or...

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Eastern Congo: Communities forced to fund the war

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 4:22 PM

Communities in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are being preyed on mercilessly by rebel groups and local militias, as well as their own government's troops and officials, in a vicious cycle of exploitation and abuse according to a new report by international agency Oxfam. The report is...

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Veto Power Threatens Major Conference on Arms Trade

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 10:22 AM

A major diplomatic negotiation aiming to regulate the trade in weapons and ammunition is at risk of failing due to member states' insistence on giving every state the right to veto a future treaty, according to the Control Arms coalition.

The Arms Trade Treaty talks, which have...

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Refugee Crisis in South Sudan - Oxfam Calls for Action

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 4:55 PM

Refugees survived "year of hell" -- now at risk of disease

Camps sheltering more than 100,000 Sudanese refugees in South Sudan's Maban county are ticking timebombs, on the brink of a major outbreak of disease, according to a new release by agency Oxfam.

Oxfam called for...

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African Artists Unite On Sahel Food Crisis

(1) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 3:07 PM

More than 18 million people across West and Central Africa are facing a food crisis. This is a fact.

18 million people are hungry and, along with aid organizations and their governments, are looking for solutions to feed themselves. This is the equivalent to the population of the state...

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France and U.K. Urged Not to Cave in to U.S. Pressure at Global Arms Trade Talks

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 3:29 PM

Efforts to end the irresponsible and poorly-regulated international arms trade are at risk of failure, as negotiations at the United Nations enter a critical final week, campaigners have warned today.

The talks, which carried on throughout the weekend in New York, are now being dominated by sceptical governments including Iran,...

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Race Against Time for an Arms Trade Treaty

(10) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 10:52 PM

With just a week remaining to secure a vitally needed, strong and robust Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), the negotiations hang in the balance. The ATT, as it is commonly known, was launched in 2006 when 153 governments voted at the United Nations to start work on developing a global arms...

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WATCH: "A Short Film About Guns"

(4) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 11:54 PM

"A Short Film About Guns" examines the illegal arms trade and how it functions across the globe.

The short film, directed by Minos Papas, features four experts on arms trafficking who recount their varying first hand experiences with the black market trade in areas of conflict and how the...

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Scarlett, Annie Lennox, Kevin Spacey and Co call for robust Arms Trade Treaty

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 2:28 PM

International artists including Keira Knightley, Yoko Ono, Scarlett Johansson, Coldplay, Tim Roth, Annie Lennox and Kevin Spacey have joined forces to demand governments take immediate action to help improve regulation of the international arms trade.

Today, representatives from more than 190 governments meet in New York for the first...

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A tank is in the streets of central London (VIDEO)!

(2) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 11:40 AM

Yesterday Oxfam and Amnesty drove a tank around central London, startling passers-by and even getting stopped by the police for a documentation check. Whilst the vehicle was admittedly unorthodox, it was the perfect way to deliver its message -- that the world needs a strong, uncompromising treaty to regulate the...

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What Does a Gun Mean to You? (Video)

(7) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 6:07 PM

Ahead of the history-making decision on the Arms Trade Treaty less than two weeks from now -- starting July 2 in New York at the United Nations -- the Control Arms Coalition set up a series of exclusive interviews with four high-profile personalities.

The interviewees provide personal views on...

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Business of Making Bullets Tops $4 Billion

(9) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 4:01 PM

According to a new study by Oxfam, the ammunition trade tops $4 billion and yet the world has little regulation to control and keep track of who the bullets are sold to. The report, "Stop a Bullet, Stop a War," has been published ahead of this summer's Arms...

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Leading Relief Groups Warn of Worsening Food Crisis in West and Central Africa

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 11:24 AM

Millions of people across the Sahel will be left hungry in the coming months unless multi-million dollar funding shortage for crisis response is filled, aid agencies warn today. Action Against Hunger, Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision are aiming to provide...

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Military Action Against LRA Rebels Risks New Wave of Retaliations

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 5:30 PM

Renewed military action against the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) risks triggering further devastation for local people in DR of Congo, Central African Republic and South Sudan unless more is done to protect civilians and prevent LRA's retaliations. The warning comes on the day the San Diego-based group Invisible Children is...

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