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Financing for Biodiversity: A Simple Matter of Keeping Promises

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 07 (IPS) - With governments, activists and scientists tearing their hair out over the world's impending crisis in biodiversity, the outgoing president of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) delivered a simple message to participants at the 12th Conference of the Parties to the CBD (COP12) currently underway in the Republic of Korea's northern Pyeongchang county: honour the promises you made last year.

Schools Open In Iraqi Kurdistan ... But for Refugees Not Students

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

ERBIL, Iraq, Oct 07 (IPS) - "We had ten minutes to leave our hometown," says 33-year-old Kamal Faris who, together with his entire family, was forced to flee the threat of Islamic State (IS) fighters approaching his village.

U.S. Anti-ISIL Strategy Drawing Growing Scepticism

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 07 (IPS) - Hopes that the strategy announced by President Barack Obama a month ago against the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL) might yield a relatively quick victory have disappeared amidst growing fears that the U.S.-led air campaign has at most only slowed the radical group's advance.

Q&A: “The Battle Continues”

Saturday, October 04, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 04 (IPS) - The Programme of Action adopted at the landmark 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) included chapters that defined concrete actions covering some 44 dimensions of population and development, including the need to provide for women and girls during times of conflict, the urgency of investments in young people's capabilities, and the importance of women's political participation and representation.

Iraq Looking for an ‘Independent’ Sunni Defense Minister

Saturday, September 27, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 27 (IPS) - Iraqi President Fouad Massoum said this past week that the government was looking for an independent Sunni Muslim to fill the post of defense minister in an effort to improve chances of reunifying the country and defeating the group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS).

Zero Nuclear Weapons: A Never-Ending Journey Ahead

Saturday, September 27, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 27 (IPS) - When the United Nations commemorated its first ever "international day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons," the lingering question in the minds of most anti-nuclear activists was: are we anywhere closer to abolishing the deadly weapons or are we moving further and further away from their complete destruction?

OPINION: How Obama Should Counter ISIS

Friday, September 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 26 (IPS) - President Obama's speech at the United Nations on Sep. 23 offered a rhetorically eloquent roadmap on how to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). 

Obama Blasts Brutality and Bullying, but Not by Israel

Friday, September 26, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 26 (IPS) - When U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday, he was outspoken in his criticism of Russia for bullying Ukraine, Syria for its brutality towards its own people, and terrorists of all political stripes for the death and destruction plaguing Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Somalia.

OPINION: ISIS Appeals to a Longing for the Caliphate

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

OXFORD, Sep 24 (IPS) - When, all of a sudden, ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) emerged on the scene and in a matter of days occupied large swathes of mainly Sunni-inhabited parts of Iraq and Syria, including Iraq's second city Mosul and Tikrit, birthplace of Saddam Hussein, and called itself the Islamic State, many people, not least Western politicians and intelligence services, were taken by surprise.

ISIS Complicates Iran’s Nuclear Focus at UNGA

Monday, September 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 22 (IPS) - Iran's foreign minister arrived in New York last week with his sights set on a final deal on Iran's nuclear programme. But a pressing regional conflict is hanging heavily over the already strained negotiations as Iran and world powers resume talks on the sidelines of this week's U.N. General Assembly.

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