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  • Sudan: 3 killed, 15 missing, many injured in Sudan's gold mine collapse
    24 september 2016 15:06:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A gold-mine collapse in Sudan’s northern Shamalia State killed three persons, left 15 others trapped underground, and 25 injured, PANA reports. Full text...

  • UN: 'Climate resilience initiative to accelerate action for sustainable development'
    23 september 2016 22:00:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Partners of a new UN-led platform to mobilize and accelerate action on climate resilience on Friday in New York agreed to move ahead with plans that will help meet the needs of a growing global population that is being impacted by climate change. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Southwest Rwanda shaken by earthquake
    23 september 2016 19:01:08
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - An earthquake measuring 4.8 hit the district of Rusizi in southwest Rwanda on Friday, causing injuries to persons and damage to property, according to local administrative officials. Full text...

  • UN: CTBO chief tasks governments on nuclear ban treaty
    23 september 2016 15:53:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Lassina Zerbo, has called on governments to make concerted efforts in ensuring the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty enter in force as soon as possible. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Flooding in 30 Nigerian States kill 29
    23 september 2016 15:10:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) says 29 persons have been killed in 99 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in 30 states of Nigeria already affected by flood. Full text...

  • Senegal: Fossil fuel expansion has reached the sky’s limit: Report
    23 september 2016 10:53:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The embedded carbon emissions from the oil, gas, and coal in currently operating fields and mines, if they run to the end of their projected lifetimes, will take us just beyond the Paris Agreement’s 2˚C warming limit, and even further from the goal of 1.5˚C, a new study has found. Full text...

  • UN: Swaziland ratifies comprehensive nuclear-test-ban treaty
    22 september 2016 14:55:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Swaziland has ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), becoming the 165th nation to do so, and its instrument of ratification was deposited at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: World leaders call for action on water
    21 september 2016 19:34:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The High Level Panel on Water, consisting of 11 sitting Heads of State and Government and one Special Adviser, on Wednesday in New York issued a Call to Action for a fundamental shift in the way the world looks at water. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief says more countries joining Paris climate accord
    21 september 2016 18:41:00
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 55 countries have formally joined the Paris Agreement on climate change signed by world leaders in April, officially crossing one of the two thresholds required to bring into force the landmark pact for putting the world on a path towards low-carbon growth and a more sustainable future, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian President signs Paris Agreement on Climate Change
    21 september 2016 08:25:16
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has appended his signature to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change during the Treaty Event at the on-going High-Level Segment of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia agree on Grand Renaissance Dam impact study
    20 september 2016 18:54:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - After two years of negotiations, Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia finally on Tuesday signed on two French firms to carry out a study on the economic, social and environmental impact of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam GERD now under construction on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Wildlife charities warn CITES on trading in endangered species
    19 september 2016 10:51:58
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - International wildlife charities, Born Free Foundation and Born Free USA, on Monday issued a stark warning to governments around the world saying “there can be no trade in some of our most critically endangered wildlife – ahead of the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).” Full text...

  • Sudan: Tripartite committee to award GERD's assessment impact study to 2 French firms
    17 september 2016 14:02:11
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt, have agreed to ask two French companies to conduct further studies on the impact of the huge Ethiopian water dam, the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), on the area since Ethiopia started the construction of the dam about two years ago. Full text...

  • Rwanda: African countries set to key into new second generation weather monitoring satellite
    16 september 2016 14:38:59
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Representatives of African meteorological agencies, gathered this week in Kigali, Rwanda, on Friday committed to major reforms in tuning in to signals emitted from a second generation weather satellite, known as "Meteosat 8", in a technological makeover aimed to improve the meteorological services at national and regional levels and improve other initiatives related to weather, climate and environmental monitoring. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges countries to strengthen environmental protection
    16 september 2016 13:54:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Friday called on countries to strengthen climate protection by reducing the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to clean its port waters
    14 september 2016 13:49:22
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius has launched a study on ecological risks of hull cleaning operations in its port waters in a bid to get rid of anti-fouling compounds that persist in water, killing sea life, harming the environment and possibly entering the food chain. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Born Free welcomes IUCN call for ban of domestic ivory trade
    12 september 2016 17:40:52
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - International wildlife charity, Born Free Foundation, has welcomed a motion passed at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Conservation Congress encouraging governments globally to close their domestic markets for elephant ivory as a matter of urgency. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan FM extends condolences to Tanzania over deadly earthquake
    12 september 2016 16:23:49
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Foreign Affairs minister Louise Mushikiwabo has sent a message of condolences to Tanzania following a deadly earthquake in the East African nation country, which has caused a huge loss of property and lives. Full text...

  • UN: UN tasks member states on climate change agreement ratification
    11 september 2016 17:31:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN is urging countries to accelerate efforts to join the Paris Agreement on Climate Change during a special high-level event to be hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 21 September in New York. Full text...

  • Kenya: Tanzania earthquake causes deaths, damage to buildings
    10 september 2016 18:38:13
    Kisumu, Kenya (PANA) - An earthquake measuring 5.7 on Saturday hit Bukoba region in Tanzania killing at least 10 people and injuring about 200. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Tsunami simulation exercise scheduled for the Indian Ocean
    07 september 2016 09:02:00
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A tsunami simulation exercise, named Indian Ocean Wave 2016 ‘IOWave16’, will on Thursday and Friday put Indian Ocean countries into a tsunami warning situation requiring prompt government decisions and interventions, PANA learned from official sources in Port-Louis. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges more action against climate change
    04 september 2016 14:56:25
    New York, US (PANA) - At the G20 summit in the southeastern city of Hangzhou in China, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday welcomed the conference's focus on sustainable development and climate change, urging all countries to take early action on them. Full text...

  • US: US envoy for Climate Change to visit Senegal, Nigeria, South Africa
    04 september 2016 05:35:59
    New York, US (PANA) - US Special Envoy for Climate Change, Dr. Jonathan Pershing, on Sunday begins a five-day mission to Senegal, Nigeria, and South Africa, to hold talks with their leaders on climate change, says a statement from the US State Department. Full text...

  • Zambia: UN climate chief commends China, US for ratifying Paris climate deal
    03 september 2016 15:53:01
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Ratification of the Paris Climate Change Agreement by China and the United States – the world’s top two emitters of greenhouse gases – has brought its rapid entry into force a big step closer, the UN Climate Chief said Saturday. Full text...

  • US: US, China commit to Paris Agreement on Climate Change
    03 september 2016 15:38:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The US and China on Saturday demonstrated their continued, shared commitment to climate leadership when, on the margins of the G-20 Leaders’ Summit in Hangzhou, China, President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping, deposited each country’s official instrument to formally join the Paris Agreement reached last December in Paris, France. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief lauds China, US for formally joining Paris Agreement
    03 september 2016 15:26:37
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday commended US President Barack Obama and China's President Xi Jinping for their countries formally joining the Paris Agreement on climate change. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Africa's elephants in a devastating spiral of decline
    02 september 2016 16:48:00
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - International wildlife charity, Born Free Foundation, has described the transcontinental figures released Thursday on savannah elephants as “profoundly sobering”. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks member states on nuclear ban treaty
    31 august 2016 22:13:08
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday stressed the need for an early entry into force of the global treaty that bans nuclear explosions on the Earth’s surface, in the atmosphere, underwater and underground, describing the treaty as a "low-hanging fruit". Full text...

  • Switzerland: 'Pollution kills as many people as cancer'
    31 august 2016 08:17:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The new head of the United Nations environment agency on Wednesday laid out key issues facing the international community on environmental issues, including pollution as well as the linkages among the environment, wars and conflicts, and migration. Full text...

  • Botswana: Water utility company allays fears of contaminated water
    30 august 2016 15:09:40
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) has allayed fears that residents from the capital Gaborone are drinking unsafe water. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF stresses need for access to water supply
    30 august 2016 13:52:45
    New York, US (PANA) - As the World Water Week kicks off, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has highlighted that the opportunity cost from a lack of access to water disproportionately falls on women and girls who collectively spend as much as 200 million hours or more than 22,800 years every day collecting this vital resource. Full text...

  • UN: UN cultural agency hails creation of world’s largest marine protected area
    30 august 2016 06:12:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has welcomed the establishment by US President Barack Obama of the largest nature reserve in the world, done through expanding a marine reserve in the state of Hawaii. Full text...

  • UN: UN experts task int'l community on toxic waste in Cote d'Ivoire
    17 august 2016 18:40:39
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the 10th anniversary of the illegal dumping of toxic waste in Cote d’Ivoire, a group of UN experts on Wednesday urged the Ivorian government, and the international community to use the opportunity to address the ongoing human rights impacts of the incident. Full text...

  • UN: Threat of wildfires expected to increase as global temperatures rise - UN
    14 august 2016 16:02:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has warned that wildfires could become more frequent and more destructive as global temperatures rise and drought conditions plague many regions of the world. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian president urges rich nations to save Lake Chad
    11 august 2016 20:42:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday urged rich countries to take urgent steps toward saving Lake Chad from extinction due to the effects of climate change. Full text...

  • Botswana: Police helicopter crash linked to human rights violation
    11 august 2016 12:37:40
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Twelve days after six police officers survived a helicopter crash in Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), international rights body has revealed the police mission on the incident. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Regional workshop on "Communicating Scientific Information to Policy Makers" holds in Mauritius
    09 august 2016 14:18:54
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Some 30 participants from the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) member states and Eastern African countries are attending a five-day regional training workshop on "Communicating Scientific Information to Policy Makers" in Mauritius whose objective is to improve decision making and the development of policies based on the scientific data, products and bulletins that are generated under the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA)-Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) project. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Meteorological agency warns of flooding in 11 of 36 Nigerian States
    08 august 2016 15:19:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) on Monday issued an alert of possible flooding in 11 of the country's 36 States between August and November. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian emergency agency warns of flooding from rising level of River Niger
    06 august 2016 14:01:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Following intense rainfall and rising water level of the River Niger in Burkina Faso and Niger Republic, the Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Saturday advised communities along the river to evacuate immediately to safer ground over the likelihood of floods that may occur at any moment. Full text...

  • Sudan: Heavy rains, floods kill dozens, destroy dwellings in Sudan
    04 august 2016 14:16:44
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Thursday said torrential rains and floods have killed over 70 people and left thousands without shelter, the worst hit states being North Darfur in the far West and Kasala, near the borders with Ethiopia and Eritrea. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO to name ocean treasures, floating rain forests as World Heritage Sites
    03 august 2016 22:19:35
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN-backed report launched on Wednesday is exploring different ways the international treaty governing the inscription of world heritage sites may one day apply to sunken coral islands, floating rain forests, or giant undersea volcanoes, none of which can be considered for listing because they are in the seas outside of any national jurisdiction. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'Poachers kill 25,000 elephants annually', says report
    03 august 2016 15:22:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Scientists estimate that 25,000 elephants are killed each year for their ivory, The Nature Conservancy, an organization working with other stakeholders in stopping the killing of elephants says ahead of the World Elephant Day on 12 August. Full text...

  • Rwanda: US plans cross-border warehousing for aid to drought-hit Southern Africa
    02 august 2016 18:28:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - In response to the severe drought affecting nearly 23 million people in Southern Africa, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said Tuesday it intends to introduce cross-border warehousing systems under its newly established humanitarian assistance. Full text...

  • Rwanda: US govt. steps up aid to support El Niño-battered regions in Southern Africa
    02 august 2016 16:00:32
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - USAID Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), David Harden, has announced a further US$127 million to deal with a deteriorating humanitarian situation caused by the El Niño extreme weather phenomenon in several parts of the Southern African region. Full text...

  • UN: UN calls for urgent action against illegal wildlife trade
    29 july 2016 15:10:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on Friday marked the "International Tiger Day", with a call for urgent action to protect tigers and combat illegal trade in wildlife across the world. Full text...

  • UN: UN official says African elephants face 'high level' of poaching
    28 july 2016 15:42:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The Secretary-General of the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), John Scanlon, on Friday said many African elephants continued to face serious threats to their survival from the illegal trade in ivory and unacceptable high levels of poaching. Full text...

  • UN: UN warns on heatwave deaths globally
    28 july 2016 15:33:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) on Thursday warned of a possible rise in heatwave deaths globally, due to climate change, calling for measures to reduce mortality from the natural hazard. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO calls for protection of mangrove ecosystems
    26 july 2016 17:42:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Mangroves are rare and vital ecosystems that help to protect coastlines and mitigate the effects of climate change, but their survival is being jeopardized, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: African countries commit to fight Climate Change by restoring forests
    26 july 2016 11:56:30
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Africa’s environment leaders and experts have pledged to restore 100 million hectares of degraded forest lands by 2030 at a High Level roundtable underway in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN: 'More support needed for millions in southern Africa hit by El Nino'
    22 july 2016 19:58:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Wrapping up a visit to southern Africa, UN deputy humanitarian chief, Ms. Kyung-wha Kang, on Friday called for urgent action to assist millions of people across the region where local coping capacities have been impacted by the worst El Nino-induced drought in 35 years. Full text...

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