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  • Kenya: EU, FAO step up anti-desertification fight in Africa
    22 october 2014 12:50:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The European Union (EU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in collaboration with the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), have launched a 41 million euro, 4.5-year programme to bolster sustainable land management and restore drylands and degraded lands in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Full text...

  • UN: Govts commit to funding increase, accelerated action on biodiversity targets
    17 october 2014 14:11:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The Convention on Biological Diversity closed the 12th meeting of the Full text...

  • UN: Countries adopt measures to strengthen, support implementation of Nagoya Protocol
    17 october 2014 14:06:04
    New York, US (PANA) - Governments Friday agreed to a series of actions that will further bolster the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing, facilitate its effective implementation, and ensure that countries have the necessary resources to take the next steps to implement the treaty, which entered into force earlier this week. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 25 cyclones anticipated for next summer
    17 october 2014 10:50:57
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - At least 25 cyclones will be formed in South-west Indian Ocean and a dozen of them could reach the shores of Mauritius during next summer that runs 1 Nov. 2014 to 30 April 2015, the Meteorological Services said Thursday in its presentation of the outlook for the next season. Full text...

  • Zambia: Negotiations towards new climate pact resume in Bonn
    17 october 2014 10:41:05
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - United Nations climate negotiations will resume for a week-long session Monday in the German city of Bonn to work towards a draft climate agreement to be agreed by 2015. Full text...

  • Tanzania: World trapped by ‘Toxic Triangle’ that puts profit for few ahead of future for all - Oxfam
    17 october 2014 09:37:31
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - People around the world are trapped in a ‘toxic triangle’ made up of short-term financial investors, timid governments and fossil fuel companies, which threatens to push up global temperatures and put 400 million people at risk of hunger and drought by 2060, Oxfam warned Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials say eradicating poverty essential with biodiversity protection
    15 october 2014 18:12:21
    New York, US (PANA) - Senior UN officials stressed on Wednesday in Pyeongchang,South Korea, that the protection of biodiversity is directly related to the eradication of poverty and stimulation of economic growth, calling on countries to take an integrated approach when it comes to development. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy urges increased efforts to protect DRC's National Park
    14 october 2014 08:21:05
    New York, US (PANA) - Head of the UN Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) Martin Kobler has urged national and international actors to step up efforts to preserve the natural resources and rich biodiversity of the Garamba National Park located in the north-eastern part of the DRC. Full text...

  • UN: UN protocol on genetic resources enters into force Sunday
    12 october 2014 16:28:26
    Nw York, US (PANA) - The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO moves to improve forest monitoring systems
    10 october 2014 13:42:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched free software tools that it hopes will improve the way many developing nations monitor the state of their forests to tackle deforestation and climate change. Full text...

  • Rwanda: African meteorologists warn of heavy rain in Rwanda, the Great Horn of Africa
    08 october 2014 15:36:27
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The period between September and December 2014 will witness above average rainfall season over the equatorial sector, with heavy rains likely to bring about major disruptions in 11 countries, including Rwanda and the Great Horn of Africa, according to an official statement, obtained here Wednesday by PANA. Full text...

  • UN: UN official stresses importance of indigenous peoples to global biodiversity
    07 october 2014 18:02:21
    New York, US (PANA) - Knowledge and traditional practices of indigenous people and local communities are key to halting biodiversity loss and achieving sustainable development, the Executive Director of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Braulio Souza de Dias said Tuesday at a major meeting on biological diversity holding in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Full text...

  • UN: Govts, NGOs, scientists assess progress on global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity
    07 october 2014 17:33:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Governments' representatives, scientists, the private sector, indigenous peoples and NGOs have gathered in Pyeongchang, South Korea for the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity(COP 12), in order to assess progress in implementing the global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity. Full text...

  • Kenya: Interpol launches Regional Environment Security Office in Nairobi
    07 october 2014 13:18:21
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - International police organisation Interpol Tuesday launched a regional Environmental Security Office office in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Full text...

  • Congo: UN pledges continued support to Congo in forest management
    06 october 2014 17:33:15
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The UN system in Congo will continue to support the country in the efforts it has been making for several years to ensure sustainable management of its forests, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative and UN system coordinator, Antony Ohameng Boamah, said here Monday. Full text...

  • UN: Report calls for bold global action to meet biodiversity targets
    06 october 2014 15:01:32
    New York, US (PANA) - Bold and innovative action is urgently required if governments are to meet the globally-agreed Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and its Aichi Targets by 2020, says a UN progress report on the state of global biodiversity. Full text...

  • UN: UN Habitat urges widespread improvement of world’s urban slums
    03 october 2014 08:59:06
    New York, US (PANA) - With a quarter of the world’s population living in urban slums, a sustainable response to improving the living conditions of the urban poor is becoming increasingly necessary, the UN Habitat said on Friday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EAC, AUC team up to address disaster risks in Africa
    01 october 2014 10:26:42
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A two-day Africa Working Group meeting on disaster risk reduction opened Wednesday in Arusha, Tanzania, to discuss implementation of the new regional programme for Building Disaster Resilience to Natural Hazards in Sub-Saharan Africa Region, Countries and Communities that is expected to be operational soon. Full text...

  • UN: New report issues alert on destruction of mangrove forests
    29 september 2014 22:37:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Monday that the world was losing its mangroves at a faster rate than global deforestation, stating that the destruction of the coastal habitats was costing billions of dollars in economic damages and impacting millions of lives. Full text...

  • Cape Verde: EU, African countries to strengthen cooperation on renewable energy sources
    25 september 2014 12:56:35
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) - The European Union (EU) and a group of African countries have signed a joint declaration to strengthen their cooperation in the area of renewable energy sources, according to an EU statement obtained by PANA here on Thursday. Full text...

  • Benin: Africa to host 4th conference on climate change and development
    24 september 2014 22:28:17
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – The Moroccan city of Marrakesh will on 8-10 October host the Fourth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-IV). Full text...

  • Belgium: Five African countries, EU sign pact on durable energy
    24 september 2014 20:21:01
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Five African countries have signed a pact with the European Union (EU) to strengthen cooperation on energy aimed at improving access to sustainable energy sources, including the rural areas. Full text...

  • UN: Ban hails 'bold' announcements on tackling climate change
    24 september 2014 18:37:16
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the bold new actions Full text...

  • UN: Mayors announce pledges towards major carbon cuts in cities
    23 september 2014 23:01:03
    New York, US (PANA) - A compact of Mayors from cities around the world announced Tuesday that they will expand their commitments to scale up climate resilience efforts, energy efficiency programmes and resilient financing mechanisms including through an initiative that aims to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 454 megatons by 2020. Full text...

  • UN: Governments, corporations pledge to eliminate deforestation by 2030
    23 september 2014 22:54:37
    New York, US (PANA) - Dozens of governments, businesses, civil society and indigenous peoples participating in the UN Climate Summit in New York on Tuesday pledged to halve deforestation by 2020 and to end within the following decade. Full text...

  • US: UN agencies pledge action to curb effects of climate change
    23 september 2014 22:47:12
    New York, US (PANA) - Joining the chorus of government, businesses, civil society and indigenous leaders at Tuesday's Climate Summit in New York, UN agencies pledged action to help curb the effects of climate change and transition towards a sustainable world economy. Full text...

  • UN: Govts, companies mobilise US$200 billion to fight climate change in developing countries
    23 september 2014 20:49:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Governments, investors and financial institutions on Tuesday in New York pledged to mobilize US$200 billion by the end of next year for low-carbon programmes in Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for leadership, concrete action to check climate change
    23 september 2014 17:12:17
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to mobilise resources and generate action towards a universal climate deal. Full text...

  • Zambia: GEF allocates US$3 billion to Climate Change financing
    23 september 2014 17:04:07
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Global Environment Facility (GEF) will support developing countries with over US$3 billion for financing actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change over the next four years, the Fund announced Tuesday on the sidelines of the high-level Climate Summit held at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Full text...

  • US: UN announces plans to boost low-carbon, renewable energy in Africa, small islands
    23 september 2014 17:01:48
    New York, US (PANA) - A new initiative announced Tuesday at the UN Climate Summit in New York is expected to reduce dependency on fossil fuels in eastern and southern Africa at a time when regional demand for electricity is estimated to at least double over the next quarter century, a document circulated at the summit stated. Full text...

  • UN: Ban says there is no 'Plan B' for climate action
    22 september 2014 07:35:16
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said there is no 'Plan B' for action against climate change, as there is no 'Planet B'. Full text...

  • US: UN headquarters complex becomes canvas for action against climate change
    21 september 2014 14:51:20
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Climate Summit, scheduled for Tuesday, the UN headquarters complex in New York was lit up with a spectacular 30-story architectural projection show aimed to inspire global citizens to take climate action. Full text...

  • UN: Climate Summit to focus on raising ambition, finance, tackling emissions
    20 september 2014 17:31:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN high-level Climate Change Summit scheduled on 23 September Full text...

  • Tanzania: Climate-related disasters worsen despite.....-Oxfam
    19 september 2014 08:36:07
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Climate-related disasters in the five years since global leaders last met to discuss climate change have cost almost half a trillion dollars (US$490 billion) - three times more than for the whole of the 1970s, international agency Oxfam said Friday. Full text...

  • UN: 340 global investors urge transition to low-carbon economy
    18 september 2014 22:48:55
    New Yor, US (PANA) - Ahead of the UN climate summit in New York, more than 340 global institutional investors representing over US$24 trillion in assets, are calling on governments to take actions that support, rather than limit, investments in clean energy and climate solutions. Full text...

  • Zambia: Countries overlook investment in low-emitting technologies as focus shifts to new climate deal
    18 september 2014 12:55:33
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The countries of the world, now busy crafting a new and ambitious climate change agreement, risk losing one of the few proven market tools available to stimulate much-needed investment in low-emitting technologies, the committee responsible for implementing the Kyoto Protocol’s joint implementation (JI) mechanism, warns. Full text...

  • UN: Report says 22 million displaced by natural disasters in 2013
    17 september 2014 22:47:32
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN-backed report launched on Wednesday reveals that 22 million people worldwide were displaced in 2013 by disasters sparked largely by earthquakes or climate- and weather-related events, which is almost three times more than by conflict in the same year. Full text...

  • US: UN report says technological changes lead to lower carbon emissions, economic growth
    17 september 2014 09:20:40
    New York, US (PANA) - Just one week before a major climate summit opens at the UN, a new report by a commission of global leaders argues that major structural and technological changes in the world economy are making it possible to achieve lower carbon emissions and economic growth at the same time. Full text...

  • US: Officials hail progress in reducing damage to Ozone layer
    17 september 2014 08:44:06
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials have hailed the progress made in reducing the damage to the Ozone layer and the vital role played by one of the most successful environmental treaties in Full text...

  • UN: 120 world leaders to grace Climate Change Summit in New York
    14 september 2014 17:11:36
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 120 Heads of State and Government will attend Full text...

  • UN: New protections for sharks, manta rays enter into effect on Sunday
    13 september 2014 14:24:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Beginning Sunday 14 September, international trade in specimens of five shark species and all manta ray species, including their meat, gills and fins, will need to be accompanied by permits and certificates confirming that they have been harvested sustainably and legally, as new UN-backed trade protections go into effect. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali to present five programmes at Lima climate change conference
    12 september 2014 15:34:41
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali will submit five priority programmes at the Lima Climate Change Conference which will take place from 1- 12 December 2014 in the Peruvian capital, official sources here told PANA. Full text...

  • UN: Officials call for renewed global commitment to ending nuclear tests
    10 september 2014 17:56:09
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials Wednesday called for renewed commitment to a world Full text...

  • UN: WMO warns on surge of carbon dioxide concentration in atmosphere
    09 september 2014 22:31:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on Tuesday voiced concerns over the surge of carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere, which reached a new record high in 2013, amid worrying sings that oceans and biosphere seem unable to soak up emissions as quickly as they used to. Full text...

  • Congo: 60% of elephant population destroyed in Central Africa
    09 september 2014 12:12:38
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congolese Forest Economy and Sustainable Development Minister Henri Djombo has said about 60% of the elephant population has been destroyed within the past 10 years in Central Africa. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mock Tsunami exercise organized Wednesday
    08 september 2014 14:34:12
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius will participate in a mock tsunami scenario exercise meant to increase preparedness, evaluate response capabilities and improve coordination throughout the region, PANA learnt from official sources here. Full text...

  • Samoa: Sustainable development of SID States, a global litmus test - FAO
    03 september 2014 14:37:43
    Apia, Samoa (PANA) - Coping with climate change should be seen as more than just a question of survival for small island countries - the international community should view it as a challenge to take unified action and notch up efforts to shift to a sustainable model of development, the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Ethiopia to host climate summit
    03 september 2014 13:49:29
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital, will play host to the ''Africa Climate Resilient Infrastructure Summit'' (ACRIS) which will take place between 17-19 November, organisers announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy tasks world leaders on climate issues
    02 september 2014 14:46:23
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Envoy for Climate Change, Mrs. Mary Robinson, on Tuesday Full text...

  • Togo: Government set to reinforce ban on use of plastic bags in Togo
    28 august 2014 16:27:23
    Lome, Togo (PANA) – Local manufacturers and importers of non-biodegradable plastics in Togo have two months to abide by the government ban on the use of plastic bags, according to a joint communique issued here Thursday by the ministries of Industry and Trade and Environment. Full text...

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