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  • UN: UN report links environmental crimes with corruption, other illegal activities
    09 december 2016 18:29:38
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report jontly produced by the international police organization (INTERPOL) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) links environmental crimes with other serious illegal activity, including corruption, counterfeiting, drug trafficking, cybercrime, and financial crimes as well as with terrorist organizations and non-State armed groups. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt. intensifies enforcement action against use of plastic bags
    09 december 2016 08:15:18
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Environment Ministry has intensified its aggressive enforcement actions against people who are not abiding by the Banning of Plastics Bags Regulations, PANA learnt Friday from official sources. Full text...

  • Mexico: Countries must protect environment defenders - UN rights expert
    09 december 2016 05:50:59
    Cancun, Mexico (PANA) - Governments must abide by the existing laws that protect indigenous and local communities who are stewards of key natural resources from which all humankind benefits, a United Nations human rights expert told the UN Conference on Biological Diversity on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'Kenya yet to meet UN minimum forest cover recommendations'
    07 december 2016 11:52:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyans should redouble their efforts to increase the country's forest cover which stands at 6.7 per cent, as against the United Nations recommended minimum of 10 percent, a Lotto National Lottery official Peter Ngeno has said. Full text...

  • Mexico: Countries urged to prioritise protection of pollinators for food security
    07 december 2016 08:33:08
    Cancun, Mexico (PANA) - Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are increasingly under threat from human activities and countries must transform their agricultural practices to ensure global crop production can meet demand and avoid substantial economic losses, the United Nations Conference on Biological Diversity heard on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: New UN report finds marine debris harming more than 800 species
    06 december 2016 18:02:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Marine debris is negatively affecting more than 800 animal species and causing serious losses to many countries' economies, a UN report said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'In banning Europe’s ‘dirty’ fuels, West African countries put people's health first'
    06 december 2016 13:36:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Five West African nations have banned what they called "dirty" European fuels (exported fuels with higher sulphur levels), in response to concerns over vehicle emissions and in an effort to bring safer, cleaner air to more than 250 million people, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced here Monday. Full text...

  • Mexico: 190 countries agree to ramp up efforts to protect world's biodiversity
    05 december 2016 14:00:46
    Cancun, Mexico (PANA) - At a major United Nations conference in Mexico, More than 190 countries have pledged to step up efforts to integrate biodiversity into the policies of their forests, fisheries, tourism and agriculture sectors. Full text...

  • US: Experts warn that efforts to halt biodiversity loss are lagging
    02 december 2016 05:42:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Time is running out to stop the global decline in biodiversity and protect ecosystems that are essential for the livelihoods and well-being of billions of people, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity has warned, as more than 190 countries prepare to meet on this issue in Cancun, Mexico. Full text...

  • UN: UN launches new strategy to protect environment in peace operations
    30 november 2016 15:48:41
    New York, US (PANA) - In order to enhance environmental protection and management in the work of peacekeeping missions, the UN Department of Field Support (DFS) on Wednesday launched a new strategy to maximize its peace operations' efficiency in the use of natural resources, and to minimize their risk to people, societies and ecosystems. Full text...

  • UN: UN expert says outer space is driver for disaster risk management
    23 november 2016 15:17:26
    New York, US (PANA) - Space applications related to telecommunications and global navigation can play a vital role in supporting disaster risk reduction, response and recovery efforts, the Chief of the UN’s Space Applications Section, Mr. Luc St-Pierre, said at the UN forum on space under way in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Full text...

  • Botswana: Indigenous plants to steer conservation efforts in Botswana
    23 november 2016 11:04:35
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has embarked on a campaign to promote the importance of indigenous plants in the conservation of the environment. Full text...

  • UN: Ban says water resources source for cooperation, not conflict
    22 november 2016 19:09:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Noting that three quarters of UN member states share rivers or lake basins with their neighbours, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday highlighted the value of water resources as a reason for cooperation, not conflict. Full text...

  • Morocco: Rich countries turn blind eye to needs of climate-vulnerable countries - Oxfam
    19 november 2016 08:00:37
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - Although the United Nations’ climate conference in Marrakech made it clear that the Paris Agreement is here to stay, it did little to fix the Agreement’s biggest flaws that leave poor and climate-vulnerable countries in danger, according to global development organisation Oxfam. Full text...

  • Morocco: UN conference pledges to press ahead with implementation of Paris Agreement
    19 november 2016 06:52:20
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - Countries which gathered at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 22) in the Moroccan city of Marrakech on Friday pledged to move forward on the implementation of the Paris Agreement, which entered into force two weeks ago. Full text...

  • UN: Climate-vulnerable countries pledge robust action on Paris accord
    18 november 2016 18:12:03
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 45 of the world’s countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change on Friday at 22nd Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech, Morocco, pledged to pursue robust action towards implementation of the Paris Agreement. Full text...

  • UN: 'Great Green Wall' initiative to combat climate change in Africa
    17 november 2016 19:19:28
    New York, US (PANA) - At the UN Climate Conference (COP 22) under way in Marrakech, Morocco, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) participated in the launch of a ground breaking map of restoration opportunities to combat climate change in Africa, an area being called the "Great Green Wall". Full text...

  • UN: UN tasks international community on Paris climate pact
    17 november 2016 18:28:06
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged everyone, including the private sector, cities and civil society, to get involved in the implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Full text...

  • Rwanda: African civil society slams Trump over comments on global warming
    17 november 2016 13:44:27
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - African civil society groups at the just-concluded 22nd Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP 22) in Marrakech, Morocco, have called on US president elect, Donald Trump, to issue a statement denouncing his twitter comment about global warming, saying his failure to do this will force them to join other movements campaigning for the reversal of his election. Full text...

  • Morocco: UN chief urges rapid scale-up in funding to address climate change
    17 november 2016 06:33:10
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) – At the United Nations Climate Conference, known as COP 22, in Marrakech, Morocco, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged greater efforts to mobilize funding to address climate change, especially to support developing countries. Full text...

  • UN: Mideast, North Africa region taking action to combat climate change
    16 november 2016 17:33:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Aware of their vulnerabilities to the impacts of climate change, countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have begun taking action to confront the phenomenon, a UN statement said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: US submits first long-term climate strategy
    16 november 2016 15:31:42
    New York, US (PANA) - As the Paris Agreement on Climate Change entered into force on 4 November 2016, the first long-term strategy has been submitted by the US, presenting a pathway for emissions reductions of 80 percent or more below 2005 levels by 2050. Full text...

  • UN: UN seeks to build climate resilience through new initiative
    16 november 2016 15:00:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN is working towards building climate resilience through the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s resilience initiative, called A2R (Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape), which was launched a year ago. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Carcass of killed lioness found in Rwanda game reserve
    16 november 2016 12:01:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The carcass of one of the seven lions imported from South Africa in July last year into the Wildlife Reserve of Akagera national park in the Eastern Rwanda, has been recovered in the forest, Rwandan National Parks authorities confirmed on Wednesday in a statement. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief lauds world leaders' support for Paris Agreement
    15 november 2016 15:38:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on Tuesday in Marrakech, Morocco, said 10 days after the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change, world leaders have shown strong support for the implementation of the agreement. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials urge more South-South cooperation for climate action
    14 november 2016 17:33:33
    New York, US (PANA) - South-South cooperation is growing as developing countries help each other to address climate change, sustainable development and implementation of the Paris Agreement, UN Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Dr. David Nabarro said on Monday in Marrakech, Morocco. Full text...

  • Tanzania: WMO says 2016 set to break temperature records of 2015
    14 november 2016 14:38:48
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - It is very likely that 2016 will be the hottest year on record, with global temperatures even higher than the record-breaking temperatures in 2015, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said Monday in a provisional statement on the status of the global climate. Full text...

  • Morocco: Dozens of heads of State and Government to attend UN climate conference
    13 november 2016 16:13:45
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - Ten days after the entry into force of the landmark Paris Agreement, dozens of heads of State and Government are expected on Tuesday at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 22), which started in Marrakech, Morocco, on 7 November 2016. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari to attend Marrakech UN forum on climate change
    13 november 2016 11:24:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja on Monday to attend the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), also known as COP22, in Marrakech, Morocco. Full text...

  • Morocco: Efforts to revolutionise transport gaining momentum - UN experts
    12 november 2016 16:26:17
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - Efforts to revolutionise transport around the world are gaining momentum with more Governments and businesses exploring possibilities for electric vehicles and low-carbon emissions transport systems, said transport experts attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech (COP 22). Full text...

  • Morocco: Major challenges ahead to meet 1.5 degrees warming limit - NGO
    11 november 2016 12:54:11
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) – The rapid entry into force of the Paris Agreement has created the legal basis for countries to increase their level of action and ambition to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius warming limit over the next two years in the lead-up to 2018. Full text...

  • Morocco: 'Cities are striving to play key role in implementing Paris climate accord'
    11 november 2016 06:06:09
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) -The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, (COP 22), put its spotlight on Thursday on cities, towns and regions around the world that are striving to play a key role in implementing the Paris Agreement, which entered into force on 4 November, including by reducing their carbon emissions. Full text...

  • US: Top US official to attend Marrakech conference
    11 november 2016 05:25:08
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - US Special Envoy for Climate Change Dr. Jonathan Pershing will be in Marrakech, Morocco, to participate in the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), also known as COP-22, according to a statement issued by the US Department of State on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UNEP urges collaboration between conservationists, palm oil industry developers
    10 november 2016 19:55:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on Thursday said it is advocating a collaboration between the international conservation community and palm oil developers in order to create sustainable strategies that will save fragile ecosystems and the species that inhabit them, particularly apes. Full text...

  • Morocco: UN conference spotlights water as part of solution of Paris Agreement
    10 november 2016 06:07:06
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - In a first for United Nations climate change conferences, a special day was devoted to action on water issues, providing stakeholders gathered in Marrakech, Morocco, for ‘COP 22’ an opportunity to spotlight water as a way of providing solutions to help implement the Paris Agreement. Full text...

  • UN: 'New initiatives on forest protection give boost to climate action agenda'
    09 november 2016 19:19:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The global effort to protect, ensure sustainable forests and deliver on climate change targets got a major boost at the UN Climate Conference (COP 22) taking place in Marrakech, Morocco, where several projects on protecting woodlands worldwide were announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: 'Past five years hottest on record,' says UN weather agency
    09 november 2016 05:46:22
    New York, US (PANA) - In a new detailed analysis of the global climate between 2011 and 2015 – the hottest 5-year period on record – the United Nations weather agency has found an increasingly visible human footprint on extreme weather and climate events with dangerous and costly impacts. Full text...

  • UN: Past five years hottest on record, says UN weather agency
    08 november 2016 22:22:26
    New York, US (PANA) - In a new analysis of the global climate between 2011 and 2015, the hottest 5-year period on record, the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has found an increasingly visible human footprint on extreme weather and climate events with dangerous and costly impacts. Full text...

  • UN: UN climate conference opens in Morocco to boost Paris Agreement
    07 november 2016 16:37:39
    New York, US (PANA) - Four days after the entry into force of the landmark Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Marrakech Conference, which began on Monday in Morocco, will give the 193-UN member states, the opportunity to maintain momentum on climate action and continue strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges better environment governance to prevent conflicts
    06 november 2016 20:53:55
    New York, US (PANA) - To achieve the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of peace, prosperity and dignity for all on a healthy planet, it is essential to recognize the shared duty of care towards the environment in peacetime and during war, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Sunday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief calls for strong climate action
    05 november 2016 15:43:51
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, with a call for strong action on climate change to realize the potential of the landmark agreement. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Southwestern Indian Ocean storms, cyclones for coming season
    05 november 2016 14:43:41
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA\) - Mauritius Meteorological Services on Saturday released names of storms and cyclones that will be used in the Southwest Indian Ocean during the present cyclonic season that started early November, PANA learnt from official sources in Port Louis, the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Summer starts in Mauritius
    05 november 2016 08:33:56
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Summer has started in Mauritius at the beginning of November and it will officially last until the 15 May 2017, PANA learnt from the Meteorological Services in the Mauritian capital, Port Louis. Full text...

  • UN: UNEP tasks govts on cutting greenhouse gas emissions
    03 november 2016 19:02:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on Thursday urged governments to step up efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions by some 25 per cent more than those pledged at last year's Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam says most vulnerable not getting financial support they need
    03 november 2016 10:35:11
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The amount of net financial assistance going to help developing countries fight climate change has been miscounted by tens of billions of dollars, according to a new Oxfam report released on the eve of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Morocco. Full text...

  • UN: Paris Climate Agreement enters into force on Friday
    02 november 2016 15:45:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The Paris Agreement to address climate change, adopted by world leaders in December last year at the Climate Conference in Paris (COP21), will officially enter into force on 4 November, before the opening of COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco, from 7 to 18 November. Full text...

  • Zambia: Least Developed Countries call for fair, ambitious action at COP22
    02 november 2016 10:13:57
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As the United Nations climate change negotiators prepare to convene in Marrakech, Morocco, for the Conference of Parties meeting (COP 22), Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) group, Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, says COP22 will be an action and implementation COP. Full text...

  • US: 300 million children breathing toxic air - UNICEF report
    31 october 2016 08:56:34
    New York, US (PANA) – A new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) says almost one in seven of the world’s children, 300 million, live in areas with the most toxic levels of outdoor air pollution – six or more times higher than international guidelines. Full text...

  • Egypt: 2 dozens perish in severe flooding in Egypt
    30 october 2016 12:08:40
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - About 24 persons may have been killed and 72 others injured as heavy floods, caused by torrential rains, swept through parts of Egypt, local newspapers reported Sunday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban lauds IMO on limiting carbon emissions from international shipping
    29 october 2016 07:02:04
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki moon has welcomed the steps agreed on Friday by members of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to address greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping. Full text...

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