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Uganda's Youth Discover the Beauty in Farming

Thursday, September 18, 2014

KAMPALA, Sep 18 (IPS) - Before she entered the Miss Uganda beauty contest, 24-year-old Fiona Nassaka was a farmer.

OPINION: Fighting ISIS and the Morning After

Thursday, September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 18 (IPS) - As the wobbly anti-ISIS coalition is being formed with American prodding, the Obama administration should take a strategic look at the future of the Arab world beyond the threat posed by the self-declared Islamic State. Otherwise, the United States would be unprepared to deal with the unintended chaos.

OPINION: Sleepwalking Towards Nuclear War

Thursday, September 18, 2014

OSLO, Sep 18 (IPS) - New military measures to deter what NATO perceives to be a direct threat from Russia were adopted at the alliance's Heads of State meeting in Wales (Sep. 4-5). A few days earlier, President Barack Obama made promises in Estonia that the three tiny Baltic NATO member states would "never stand alone". 

Nuclear Deal with Iran Likely to Enhance U.S. Regional Leverage

Thursday, September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 18 (IPS) - A successful agreement on Iran's nuclear programme could significantly enhance U.S. leverage and influence throughout the Greater Middle East, according to a new report signed by 31 former senior U.S. foreign-policy officials and regional experts and released here Wednesday.

Latin America at a Climate Crossroads

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 17 (IPS) - World leaders gathered at the Climate Change Summit during the United Nations General Assembly on Sep. 23 will have a crucial opportunity to mobilise political will and advance solutions to climate change.

U.N. Pushes Climate-Smart Agriculture – But Are the Farmers Willing to Change?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

KARNAL, India, Sep 17 (IPS) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to make a strong pitch to world political leaders at the U.N. Climate Summit in New York on Sep. 23 to accept new emissions targets and their timelines.

As Uganda Heats Up, Pests and Disease Flourish to Attack its Top Export Crop

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

KAMPALA, Sep 17 (IPS) - When Abudu Zikusoka was a small boy his father would bring people to their home in Ndesse village in Central Uganda's Mukono district. He would watch as they packed the family's harvested coffee into sacks and then loaded it onto their bicycles.

Pushing for Cities to Take Lead on Climate Change

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PARIS, Sep 17 (IPS) - If former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg had used the Vélib' - Paris' public bicycle sharing system - to arrive at the headquarters of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development here Wednesday, he might have sent a stronger message about the need for cities to be "empowered to take the lead in combating climate change".

UN Launches Ambitious Humanitarian Plan for Gaza

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sep 17 (IPS) - The UN agency for Palestinian refugees has launched an ambitious recovery plan for Gaza following the 50-day devastating war between Hamas and Israel which has left the coastal territory decimated.

Tackling Climate Change and Promoting Development: A “Win-Win”

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 17 (IPS) - A widespread perception exists that developing countries must make a choice between tackling climate change and fighting poverty. This assumption is incorrect, according to the authors of a new report on green growth.

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