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  • UN: UN unveils move to make cooking safe for 10m people by 2020
    22 november 2014 07:39:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Every year, household air pollution from cooking kills over four million Full text...

  • Kenya: Water project changing face of slum life (News analysis by David Jagongo, PANA Correspondent)
    21 november 2014 12:07:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Like any other informal settlement, the demand for paid water is very high in the Kayole Soweto informal settlement in the outskirts of Nairobi city, where residents have relied on borehole water and in times of short supply, from vendors hawking water fetched from neighbouring estates at Sh15 to Sh20 (US$ 0.17 to US$0.22) per 20 litre jerrican. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief welcomes US$9 billion pledges for Green Climate Fund
    20 november 2014 19:30:24
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday welcomed the pledges of more than US$9.3 billion made by governments towards the initial capitalization of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at the first pledging conference for the mechanism, being held in Berlin, Germany. Full text...

  • Senegal, EU sign new pact on fisheries partnership
    20 november 2014 17:50:15
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Senegal's Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Economy, Omar Gueye and the European Commissioner for Fisheries, Karmenu Vella on Thursday signed in Brussels a new Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the two countries, official sources here told PANA. Full text...

  • UK: Amnesty revisits British company's role in toxic waste dumping in Abidjan
    20 november 2014 13:36:22
    London, UK (PANA) - UK authorities must launch a long-overdue criminal investigation into a British company’s role in one of the worst toxic waste dumping incidents of the last decade, Amnesty International (AI) demanded Thursday after the Environment Agency finally agreed to review evidence submitted by the organization. Full text...

  • UN: UN marks World Toilet Day, stresses need for women’s access to safe toilets
    19 november 2014 19:33:56
    New York, US (PANA) - With one out of three women worldwide lacking access to safe toilets, it is a moral imperative to end open defecation to ensure women and girls are not at risk of assault and rape simply because they lack a sanitation facility, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Wednesday on World Toilet Day. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed INTERPOL operation targets environmental fugitives
    18 november 2014 07:29:26
    New York, US (PANA) - Nine fugitives are being pursued as part of a UN-backed joint INTERPOL Full text...

  • US: New York slashes greenhouse gas emissions
    15 november 2014 20:06:56
    New York, US (PANA) - New York will be slashing its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent in the coming decades under legislation passed by the New York City Council, according to a statement in New York. Full text...

  • Zambia: UNFCCC hails United States pledge of $3 billion for Green Climate Fund
    15 november 2014 08:52:32
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres has congratulated the United States for announcing the largest single pledge to date to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) - the financial support mechanism aimed at assisting developing countries in moving to a low carbon, resilient future. Full text...

  • UN: New UN guidelines to counter illegal elephant poaching in Africa
    14 november 2014 06:24:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The illegal killing of elephants for their ivory is now at critically high Full text...

  • UN: UNEP calls for more funding for world's conservation areas
    13 november 2014 18:46:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The world has more conservation areas than ever before, but more funding is needed, according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Full text...

  • Kenya: 'Shell downplays Nigeria oil spills impact'
    13 november 2014 11:52:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Court documents revealed by Amnesty International Thursday have exposed the fact that Shell has repeatedly made false claims about the size and impact of two major oil spills at Bodo in Nigeria, global rights body Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • Togo: Lomé acquires topographic map for flood management
    10 november 2014 13:45:25
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The Togolese government has acquired a topographic map to enhance its flood management ability for the capital city, Lomé, and its surroundings, PANA learnt Monday from official sources. Full text...

  • US: US official visits Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa to combat wildlife crime
    07 november 2014 20:47:58
    New York, US (PANA) - US Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, Ms. Catherine Novelli, has begun visits to Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa to foster cooperation between the US and the three countries to stop wildlife crime and advance conservation of natural habitats. Full text...

  • UN: 'Water central to global peace, development'
    06 november 2014 19:06:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The most basic of all human rights – water – is also a central element in global affairs and the development agenda with wide implications on international peace and security, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said Thursday at the World Water Summit holding in London. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges protection of environment from ravages of war
    06 november 2014 18:30:58
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday warned that thefast-changing dynamic of contemporary conflict required steadfast solutions for future peacebuilding and sustainable development. Full text...

  • UN: Major UN climate conference focuses on special needs of women
    05 november 2014 19:02:57
    New York, US (PANA) - A three-day conference focusing on strengthening the involvement of women in weather and climate services opened in Geneva on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban says leaders must act now, as new UN report warns on climate change
    02 november 2014 23:11:38
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN report released Sunday warned that if left unchecked, climate Full text...

  • Zambia: 'Irreversible, dangerous climate change impacts loom' – IPCC report
    02 november 2014 18:34:18
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Sunday warned of climate change impacts which, if left unchecked, will increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to implement a National Green IT strategy
    01 november 2014 08:00:07
    Port-Louis, Mauritius PANA) – Mauritius is to implement the National Green IT Strategy, Policy and Action Plan that sets out the Green ICT commitments and actions that public and private organisations should take to reduce the carbon footprint of ICTs and build a sustainable ICT eco-friendly environment. Full text...

  • UN: UN marks first-ever World Cities Day, spotlights need for sustainable urban planning
    31 october 2014 20:13:29
    New York, US (PANA) - As the world's urban areas expand, growing both in size and population, they will also need to transition into better planned and better managed environments or risk exacerbating negative trends, the UN warned on Friday. Full text...

  • Burundi: 9kg of elephant tusks seized in Burundi
    27 october 2014 14:26:17
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Director of Civil Aviation in Burundi, Albert Maniratunga, disclosed here Monday that nine kilogrammes of ivory had been seized during a routine baggage check at the Bujumbura International Airport. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia on course to increase biodiversity coverage
    26 october 2014 19:38:15
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia is on course to increase its biodiversity protection coverage from 0.6 per cent to 10 per cent by the year 2020, according to Kawsu Jammeh, an education officer at the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN leaders due in Ethiopia to launch regional climate change response plan
    23 october 2014 15:13:27
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Heads of the UN and the World Bank are expected in Ethiopia on Monday to kick-start an ambitious climate change response plan for the Horn of Africa region, which has witnessed some of the world’s latest climate-related disasters. Full text...

  • 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...

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