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  • Floods leave 22 families homeless in central-southern Rwanda
    18 october 2017 08:18:38
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Heavy rain in several parts of Kamonyi, a district in the central-southern Rwanda, has destroyed several houses leaving at least 22 families homeless. Full text...

  • EU gives €20.2bn to help poor countries cut down greenhouse gas emissions
    17 october 2017 10:19:16
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Contributions from the European Union and its member states to support developing countries in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and coping with the impacts of climate change showed a significant increase in 2016, according to an official statement issued in Brussels onTuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Workshop on clean energy for Southern Africa opens in Mauritius
    12 october 2017 17:16:50
    Balaclava, Mauritius (PANA ) - A two-day sub-regional workshop focusing on cleaner and more energy efficient vehicle strategies for Mauritius and the Southern Africa region opened Thursday in Balaclava, northern Mauritius. Full text...

  • Zambia: 'US withdrawal from Paris Agreement to impact developing nations'
    12 october 2017 11:11:57
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The withdrawal of the United States from Paris Agreement will have massive implications on US support to the financing of climate actions in the developing world, James Murombedzi, Coordinator of the Addis Ababa-based African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has stated. Full text...

  • Zambia: 19 climate action projects to be honoured at UN Climate Conference
    12 october 2017 10:52:42
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Nineteen ground-breaking initiatives from around the world were announced on Thursday as recipients of the United Nations ‘Momentum for Change’ Climate Solutions Award. Full text...

  • US: Cutting greenhouse gases, reducing disaster risk, vital for sustainable dev't – UN envoy
    11 october 2017 21:53:08
    New York, US (PANA) – A new United Nations report has underscored the importance of a “risk-informed” approach to sustainable development and called for integrating global agreements on disaster risk reduction and climate change into national socio-economic planning. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda trains radar engineers
    05 october 2017 08:50:05
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A dozen radar engineers and operators recruited by Rwanda Meteorological Department are undergoing a one-week training to equip them with knowledge and skills on the interpretation and application of the newly introduced Doppler weather radar products and technology in the country. Full text...

  • US: Implement Paris climate accord ‘with greater ambition’ - Guterres
    04 october 2017 22:38:27
    New York, US (PANA) – Pointing to scientific evidence warning of increased extreme weather events, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, ahead of a trip to the storm-ravaged Caribbean, urged all countries to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change “with greater ambition”. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Popular mountain gorilla dies in Rwanda
    29 september 2017 15:50:45
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Vuba, a famous mountain gorilla in Rwanda, which was of the "silverback" family, has died, according to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. Full text...

  • US: Major new UN report sets course towards ‘pollution-free planet’
    28 september 2017 22:28:17
    New York, US (PANA) – While pollution has considerably negative impacts on human health and ecosystems, it is controllable and avoidable through political leadership, high-level champions and commitments, as well with local level action, says a new report launched on Thursday by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Full text...

  • Kenya: Over 600,000 displaced by floods in Greater Horn of Africa in 2016 - Report
    27 september 2017 09:37:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Sudden onset natural hazards, primarily floods, caused more than 600,000 new displacements in 2016 in the Greater Horn of Africa, according a report launched on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Uganda: AfDB provides US$218 million to bolster water services in Uganda
    26 september 2017 18:05:09
    Kampala, Uganda, (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has offered US$218 million to finance essential water services initiatives in Uganda, the bank’s top official in the East African region said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Global warming brews trouble in coffee homeland Ethiopia
    26 september 2017 14:41:50
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Ethiopia is likely to lose half of its coffee growing area due to global warming, according to a groundbreaking new study published Tuesday by Nature Plants, an exclusively online scientific journal. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Gov't provides relief to communities affected by heavy rains in Southern Rwanda
    25 september 2017 14:29:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs on Monday said it is responding to the needs of people affected by high winds and heavy rains that destroyed 119 homes in Huye, a district in Southern Rwanda. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Heavy rains leave hundreds homeless, destroy properties in Southern Rwanda
    25 september 2017 13:43:45
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Torrential rains and strong winds have destroyed 119 houses in Huye, a district located in Southern Rwanda, leaving hundred of residents homeless, a senior administrative official in the region confirmed on Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Natural disasters wreak havoc in Rwanda in September
    24 september 2017 16:44:02
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Natural disasters have wreaked havoc in Rwanda this month, killing 5 people, destroying about 1,000 houses and 892 hectares of crops, according to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees Affairs. Full text...

  • Benin: Gov't. assists flood victims with 400 million CFAF
    22 september 2017 13:51:08
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The Beninese government will release 425,082,000 CFA franc to assist the victim of the recent floods that affected nine communes in the country, official sources told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Power line electrocutes elephants in Botswana
    20 september 2017 13:49:09
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Nine elephants were electrocuted by a high volt 33kV distribution power line in Botswana’s Dukwi, in the Central District area, on Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Heavy rain leaves trail of damage in southwestern Rwanda
    20 september 2017 10:48:57
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Roofs of at least 169 houses, school buildings and churches were damaged during a downpour that hit several parts of Rusizi, a district in the southwestern Rwanda, near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), late on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: Leaders meeting at UN underscore need to fast-track climate action
    20 september 2017 06:34:38
    New York, US (PANA) – Leaders from various levels of government, the private sector and civil society have highlighted the need for climate action as they convened at United Nations Headquarters, where Secretary-General António Guterres warned that current pledges and plans are insufficient to keep global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees. Full text...

  • US: As climate change makes bad weather worse, countries must strengthen resilience- UN
    18 september 2017 21:06:05
    New York, (PANA) – Noting the ever-increasing impact of extreme weather events, top United Nations officials, including Secretary-General António Guterres and Miroslav Lajčák, the President of the General Assembly on Monday urged efforts to boost resilience and strengthen damage mitigation measures. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan officials assessing damage from latest heavy rains
    18 september 2017 15:38:29
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan officials are wading into damage assessments after heavy rain early last week left hundreds homeless in several parts of southeast and Northern Rwanda, an official source confirmed Monday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana to ratify 5th Montreal Protocol amendment
    18 september 2017 15:09:13
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has announced intentions to ratify Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, a global commitment to stop climate change. Full text...

  • US: UN highlights importance of collective action to protect ozone layer
    16 september 2017 16:38:46
    New York, US (PANA) – Commemorating the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, senior United Nations officials, including Secretary-General António Guterres, have highlighted the contributions of the Montreal Protocol – an international environment agreement on the elimination of ozone depleting substances. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Heavy rain leaves hundreds homeless in southeast Rwanda
    13 september 2017 11:22:13
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A downpour that hit a large part of southeast Rwandan district of Ngoma late on Tuesday has left at least 221 families homeless, after destroying their properties and crops, a senior local official told PANA on Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • China: Much of planet’s land severely degraded owing to increased consumption - UN
    13 september 2017 07:12:31
    Ordos, China (PANA) – A new United Nations report warns that a third of the planet’s land is now severely degraded because of a doubling in the consumption of natural resources over the past 30 years. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Workshop on Climate Change opens in Mauritius
    12 september 2017 06:41:55
    Balaclava, Mauritius (PANA) - A three-day workshop aimed at improving Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory in the energy, transport, industrial process and product use and waste sectors opened on Monday night in Mauritius. Full text...

  • US: UN, partners seek US$106 million in humanitarian aid for drought-hit Kenya
    08 september 2017 06:05:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The United Nations and its humanitarian partners in Kenya have appealed for US$106 million to scale-up their response to the most urgent needs resulting from the egregious effects of the drought in northern Kenya. Full text...

  • China: UN summit spotlights financial need to combat land degradation
    06 september 2017 19:38:28
    Beijing, China (PANA) – The head of the United Nations body tasked with addressing desertification on Wednesday stressed the importance of financing for national commitments to combat land degradation, as a global summit on the issue got underway in China. Full text...

  • 2017 World Water Week: AfDB joins global community to address water challenges
    30 august 2017 17:30:48
    Stockholm, Sweden (PANA) - As a leading financing partner on water and sanitation services in Africa, the African Development Bank (AfDB), and two of its flagship water initiatives: the African Water Facility (AWF) and the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI), are participating in the 2017 World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden from 27 August to 1 September1, on the theme: “Water and Waste: reduce and reuse.” Full text...

  • Sweden: UN Assembly President says water, sanitation goals need 'major push'
    28 august 2017 19:48:41
    Stockholm, Sweden (PANA) – Encouraging global action to support clean water and sanitation, United Nations General Assembly President Peter Thomson on Monday underscored that when it comes to the environment, everything is connected. Full text...

  • Tanzania: New mobile app game empowers youth in Climate Change adaptation efforts in Greater Horn of Africa
    24 august 2017 13:02:03
    Zanzibar City, Zanzibar (PANA) - A new mobile application, know as "Ponya Mobile Game" developed by a team of young software engineers in Kenya that was officially presented Thursday on the sideline of the 47th regional climate outlook forum taking place in Zanzibar, is considered to be more effective in reducing global warming impacts associated with extreme weather events and other disasters across the East and the whole Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) region, experts said. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Climate expert warns against negative impact of El Nino
    23 august 2017 13:51:17
    Zanzibar City, Zanzibar (PANA) - Adaptation to climate change and specifically to El Nino phenomenon in many countries across the East African region and the whole Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) might cost an annual average of up to US$ 5.8 billion by 2050 if residual damages are considered, according to a report released by the World Food Programme (WFP) experts. Full text...

  • Tanzania: New weather report highlights key drivers of vulnerability
    21 august 2017 09:10:34
    Zanzibar City, Zanzibar (PANA) - A new official report released on Monday by the the Kenyan-based Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC) has listed top-ten factors that are described to be the likely key drivers of Climate Change vulnerability across the region. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body fingers environmental failures for horrific Freetown mudslide deaths
    17 august 2017 19:14:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The terrible aftermath of the mudslides in Sierra Leone, which have left more than 3,000 people homeless, grimly illustrates the human cost of the government’s failure to implement housing and land policies, said Amnesty International on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNEP reveals Young Champions of the Earth regional finalists
    16 august 2017 17:06:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United Nations Environment Programme on Wednesday announced a shortlist of regional finalists for the Young Champions of the Earth prize – a global competition aiming to identify, support and celebrate outstanding individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 with big ideas to protect or restore the environment. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Rights group hails convention on mercury
    16 august 2017 13:06:52
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations Minamata Convention on Mercury, which went into effect on Wednesday, 16 August, could benefit millions of people affected by toxic mercury, Human Rights Watch has said. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN Convention on mercury comes into effect
    16 august 2017 12:02:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The world’s first Convention to protect the environment and human health in close to a decade, the Minamata Convention on Mercury, enters into force on Wednesday, committing its 74 Parties to reducing the risks to human health and the environment from the harmful release of mercury and mercury compounds, the UN Environment Programme said. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Oxfam assists survivors of Sierra Leone mudslide
    15 august 2017 19:34:20
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Oxfam is providing clean water and hygiene kits to survivors of Monday’s mudslide on the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone, the international humanitarian agency said Tuesday, indicating that it initially plans to help almost 2,000 households. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN migration agency races to assist in wake of Sierra Leone devastating mudslides
    15 august 2017 18:35:04
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations migration agency on Tuesday released US$150,000 in emergency, first-response aid relief for Sierra Leone following devastating floods and mudslides which on Monday left hundreds of people dead in the West African country. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda Met. department set to improve weather forecasting accuracy
    10 august 2017 15:20:40
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A new weather forecasting model, developed by Rwandan meteorologists and their partners, purports to improve the quality of the climate and weather data provided to citizens and make it available to as many people as possible, PANA learn Thursday from an official source in Kigali. Full text...

  • US: UN notified of US intention to withdraw from Paris climate pact
    05 august 2017 09:54:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, on Friday received a notification from the delegation of the United States expressing America's intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change as soon as it is eligible to do so, his spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, confirmed. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN, Somali gov't join forces to boost drought response capacity
    05 august 2017 09:41:08
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – In the wake of a severe drought in Somalia that has displaced more than 800,000 people, the United Nations migration and development entities are helping the Horn of Africa country enhance its national drought response capacity. Full text...

  • US: UN salutes park rangers' dedication and commitment
    01 august 2017 05:46:59
    New York, US (PANA) – The head of the United Nations entity on protection of endangered species said on Monday that park rangers across the world face increasing challenges and risks due to a surge in poaching and illicit trafficking in wildlife, as he honoured the work of park rangers in protecting wild animals, plants and culture. Full text...

  • UK: Child labourers must not pay price for UK’s shift to electric vehicles - Rights group
    26 july 2017 20:02:59
    London, UK (PANA) - As UK government announced its commitment to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040, human rights group Amnesty International has cautioned that child labourers must not pay the price for the shift. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNESCO chief stresses global need for conservation of mangroves
    26 july 2017 19:33:40
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – UNESCO is engaged deeply in supporting the conservation of mangroves, while advancing the sustainable development of local communities who interact closely with them and depend on their goods and services, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, Ms Irina Bokova, said on the occasion of the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem. Full text...

  • US: Goodwill Ambassador raises funds for climate change programmes on birthday
    21 july 2017 07:04:35
    New York, US (PANA) – As part of his 47th birthday celebrations, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador and the actor playing the role of Jaime Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones, is calling on his friends, family and fans to help him raise funds to support UN climate action programmes. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU ready to ratify Kigali Amendment to Montreal Protocol
    17 july 2017 18:46:38
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) is ready for formal ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol that will ensure the protection of the climate from the powerful greenhouse gases hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the European Council said on Monday. Full text...

  • US: 'Smart' money moving to 'green' financing, reveals new UN report
    14 july 2017 21:24:59
    New York, US (PANA) – Even though investments towards sustainable development in developing countries have fallen short by nearly US$2.5 trillion each year, emerging financial products and encouraging policies illustrate that both public and private sectors are serious about correcting that trend, the United Nations environment arm has said. Full text...

  • Switzerland: '2.1 billion people lack safe drinking water, more than twice lack safe sanitation'
    12 july 2017 12:00:16
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Some 3 in 10 people worldwide, or 2.1 billion, lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and 6 in 10, or 4.5 billion, lack safely-managed sanitation, according to a new joint report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. Full text...

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