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.

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.


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.

Q&A: ‘Doing Good and Doing Good Business Are Not Incompatible’

It is short sighted to dismiss the benefits or potential of engaging the private sector in human rights matters, says Sara Lulo, director of the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School.

Q&A: Ordinary Women Have Extraordinary Stories to Tell

Ordinary women's voices are too often ignored when it comes to solving their own problems, admonishes Loga Virahsawmy, Director of the Southern African NGO Gender Links, Mauritius and Francophone Office.


Q&A: Political Support Needs Financial Backing

"The agenda for women's rights and empowerment in each country must be supported by the political leadership," says Norah Matovu-Winyi, Executive Director, African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET).

Bjørn Møller  Credit: Courtesy of Bjørn Møller

Q&A: Alternatives Needed to Western-led Peacebuilding

"Security Sector Reforms" (SSRs) have become the latest catch phrase in donor discussions on post-conflict peacebuilding around the world.

Arjun Karki Credit: Courtesy of Arjun Karki

Q&A: Looking to a World Without LDCs

Maximising time, energy and resources toward improving living conditions for millions of people in the poorest countries of the world - the so-called Least Developed Countries (LDCs) - means that the "business-as-usual" approach must yield to a holistic strategy, says Arjun Karki, a longtime expert on grassroots, democratic peace-building and development.

Jens Martens Credit: Courtesy of Global Policy Forum

Q&A: In Search of Buen Vivir

The clock is ticking to live up to the promises governments made a decade ago to improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people. But are those promises themselves inherently flawed?

RIGHTS-COLOMBIA: For Millions, Nowhere Left to Run

Forced off their ancestral land by right-wing paramilitaries, leftist guerillas and the army, more than a million people have arrived in Colombia's cities in search of jobs and housing, but are getting little help from the government, say United Nations officials and development activists working there.

AFGHANISTAN: Was Women’s Vote a Roar, or a Whisper?

While the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush describes the recent elections in Afghanistan as a major step forward for the war-torn nation, human rights groups here wonder if women will have an effective voice in the new parliament.

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