Stories written by Rousbeh Legatis
Rousbeh Legatis joined the agency’s U.N. Bureau in New York in 2010, following a stint as freelancer with IPS’ Berlin office. In addition to his work as correspondent, he is also an advisor to young trainees in IPS’ internship programme at U.N. Headquarters. He further doubles as managing editor of IPS’ daily electronic newsletter, UN TerraViva, which is widely circulated in and outside the U.N. community. His coverage includes topics ranging from U.N peacekeeping and peacebuilding to human rights, conflict management and South-South cooperation. His academic research focuses on peace and conflict and the role of journalists and the media in post-conflict peacebuilding efforts in Africa and Latin America. He earned his B.A. in Social Science from Leibniz Universität Hannover and his M.A. in Political Science from Freie Universität Berlin.

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Q&A: Climate Funding Needs Gender Equity

Gender considerations remain largely disregarded in existing climate funds, even though women are some of the hardest hit by the impacts of climate change on livelihoods and agriculture.

Q&A: U.S. Women’s Commissions Under the Budget Axe

State and local Commissions on the Status of Women (CSW) are facing shrinking budgets and even total elimination at a time when women are some of the hardest hit by the financial crisis, says Susan Rose, vice chair of Human Rights Watch's Santa Barbara Committee.

Michelle Bachelet.  Credit: Sriyantha Walpola/IPS

Q&A: Climate Talks Must Ensure That “Words Become Reality”

Involving women in decision-making and resource management is a basic necessity for any effective plan to address the multi- layered and life-threatening consequences of climate change, says the head of UN Women.

Q&A: The Finer Points of Rising Sea Levels

Long before the Pacific will rise to a level that will leave its estimated 30,000 islands submerged, most of them might be severely affected by frequent flooding and storms.

ASIA-PACIFIC: Refugees of Climate Change Rising Steadily

Asian countries, home to about 60 percent of the world's population, will be hit hardest by changing weather patterns and a degrading environment, research indicates.

CLIMATE CHANGE: A Rising Sea Threatens Pacific Islands

As world leaders gear up to spend the coming weeks in South Africa haggling over economically bearable cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, climate change is already exacerbating environmental conditions and threatening the lives and livelihoods of thousands of Pacific Islanders.

Patrick Bond believes the victims of climate change deserve to dictate the rules on how to address the issue. Credit: Courtsey of Patrick Bond

Q&A: Big Polluters Should “Stay Home” from Climate Conference

In order for global climate change policies and efforts to progress, intense local activism and countries most adversely affected by climate change must play a leading role.

Connie Hedegaard Credit: Courtesy of Connie Hedegaard

Q&A: “It Pays Off to Become More Energy Efficient”

With the Kyoto Protocol's first commitment period set to expire in 2012, Connie Hedegaard, EU commissioner for climate action, is pushing for more countries to agree on binding commitments to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Jane McAdam Credit: Courtesy of Jane McAdam

Q&A: Climate-Driven Migrants Raise Thorny Legal Issues

As the effects of accelerating climate change ripple outward, pushing millions from their land and homes, experts warn that international human rights and refugee law needs to catch up to the reality on the ground if migrants are to be given adequate protection and support.

CLIMATE CHANGE: “Last Straw” Pushes Millions from Their Homes

With political will to dramatically cut the world's greenhouse gas emissions failing to materialise, a multi-pronged approach is needed to protect the millions of people who are being displaced as a result of environmental factors driven largely by climate change, experts say.

Page Fortna Credit: Courtesy of Page Fortna

Q&A: “Warts and All, Peacekeeping Works”

U.N. peacekeeping missions face myriad problems but they remain the most effective strategy for dealing with post- conflict situations, says Page Fortna, a political science professor at Columbia University who has extensively researched the impact of various missions around the world.

Ambassador Josephine Ojiambo of Kenya, President of the U.N. General Assembly High-Level Committee on South-South Cooperation. Credit: Courtesy of GSSD Expo

Q&A: Translating Southern Successes Into LDC Solutions

"In South-South cooperation we are all partners," Josephine Ojiambo, ambassador of Kenya to the U.N. and president of the U.N. General Assembly High-Level Committee on South-South Cooperation, told IPS. "SSC specifically shies away from the donor-client relationship."

Mavic Cabrera-Balleza Credit: Courtesy of GNWP

Q&A: “Women Must Be Part of the Peace Equation”

Eleven years ago, 192 countries – all the United Nations member states – agreed to step up the integration of women in international peacebuilding and security processes, a promise that has remained largely unmet.

Reinou Groen Credit: Courtesy of Surgeons OverSeas

Q&A: Needing Surgery Shouldn’t Be a Death Sentence

Surgery saves the lives of millions of people around the world, but only a tiny percentage of them live in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where a shortage of skills, supplies and infrastructure can turn easily treatable accidents and illnesses into lifelong disabilities and even death.

CATHERINE MABOBORI. Credit: Courtesy of SOFEPA

Q&A: Rural Women Need Concrete Actions

Burundi will put U.N. Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security into practice with a National Action Plan (NAP) that is ready to be signed within the coming months.

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