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  • Mauritius, EU sign Joint Monitoring Framework on climate actions
    18 december 2018 17:11:05
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Etienne Sinatambou on Tuesday said that climate change is one of the most daunting challenges which humanity is facing and is affecting all aspects of the development agenda, from poverty eradication to healthcare, and from economic growth to disaster risk reduction. Full text...

  • Rights bodies finger military, police for harassing environmental activists
    17 december 2018 13:46:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan police and the military are harassing and intimidating environmental rights activists in Lamu county, Human Rights Watch and the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders-Kenya said in a report released on Monday. Full text...

  • COP24: Countries agree concrete way forward to bring Paris climate deal to life
    16 december 2018 06:50:58
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - Countries have agreed a robust set of guidelines to bring the Paris Climate deal to life, the United Nations said on Saturday night. Full text...

  • Political issues remain major obstacles to successful conclusion of COP24 talks in Katowice
    14 december 2018 19:04:28
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - The UN Climate Change Conference or COP 24 underway in Katowice, Poland, was supposed on Friday, to put the negotiations on track for the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement and the enhancement of the ambition of States by 2020, but inaction of some of States at the negotiating table prompted official delegations present to extend until Saturday to find a solution to this impasse, PANA learned from an authorized source. Full text...

  • Benin holds week of parallel activities with COP24
    13 december 2018 11:14:20
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – Benin is marking the second week of the 24th session of the Conference of Parties (COP24) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with several parallel activities. Full text...

  • Cleaning up the transport sector in African cities (An AfDB feature)
    13 december 2018 06:15:47
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Africa is the continent with the most rapidly-growing urban population, at an estimated annual rate of 3%. The surge in population is paired with rapid urbanisation and increased transportation for which emissions from transportation are growing significantly all across Africa, further driven by urban sprawl, rapid motorization and low levels of institutional capacity to manage traffic and its impact. Full text...

  • Failing to agree climate action would ‘not only be immoral’ but ‘suicidal’, UN chief tells COP24
    12 december 2018 22:36:26
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - With roadblocks continuing at the COP24 climate change conference over how to implement the historic 2015 Paris Agreement, United Nations chief António Guterres returned to Poland on Wednesday, to challenge the more than 100 Government leaders gathered in Katowice to find consensus and “finish the job”. Full text...

  • Mali makes impressive participation at UN Climate Change Conference
    12 december 2018 16:21:04
    Bamako, Mali (NAPA) - Mali, which participates in the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), underway in Katowice, Poland, is one the two French-speaking African countries to present their Investment and Partnership Plan for National Determined Contribution (CDN) to partners, PANA has learnt from an authorized source. Full text...

  • Africa must adopt common position to achieve "climate justice", says Burkinabe Minister
    12 december 2018 15:03:58
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - African countries must adopt a common position to achieve "climate justice", according to the Burkinabé Environment Minister, Nestor Batio Bassière, who was elected vice-president of the African Conference of Ministers of the Environment (AMCEN), effective from January 2019. Full text...

  • IPCC report says women more affected by climate change
    11 december 2018 18:59:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Women are more affected by the harms of climate change, according to a report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presented, Ghana Tuesday in Accra, Ghana at a two-day workshop on enhancing the participation of men and women in the use of climate information and services. Full text...

  • NGO denounces coalition of some African negotiators with climate skeptics
    11 december 2018 16:59:46
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - The Pan-African Alliance for Climate Justice (PACJA) on Tuesday strongly denounced the attitude of some African negotiators at the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland, to align with blocs designated as "climate skeptics" that do not believe in global warming or the impact of human activity on it. Full text...

  • ECA expert says Africa cannot develop without knowledge of climate change issues
    11 december 2018 16:28:47
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Africa cannot develop without the knowledge of climate change issues, according to a natural resources expert with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Mr. Frank Rutabingwa. Full text...

  • Workshop on involvement of women in climate use opens in Ghana
    11 december 2018 15:15:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A workshop on the involvement of women in the use of climate information and services started on Tuesday in Accra, Ghana, with women scientists, academics, practitioners, researchers and opinion leaders from different African countries, as well as men with strong commitment and in-depth knowledge of gender and climate change issues participating. Full text...

  • ‘Going green’ is good business says private sector at UN’s COP24 climate conference
    10 december 2018 19:12:43
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - Businesses across the world should no longer be viewed solely as greenhouse gas emissions culprits, but more as indispensable partners for climate action, who stand to increase profits from “going green”. Full text...

  • Climate change: Mixed assessment of COP 24 talks in Katowice
    10 december 2018 18:11:19
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - At the end of the first week of the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) welcomed the progress made while scientists expressed doubts. Full text...

  • COP24 addresses climate change displacement ahead of crunch migration meeting
    09 december 2018 07:03:05
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - As hundreds of decision-makers gather in Marrakech to agree new standards for global migration, the United Nations climate change conference ‘COP24’ is looking at concrete ways to help countries tackle large-scale displacement caused by the impacts of climate change, including water scarcity, flooding, storms and rising sea levels. Full text...

  • Multilateral Development Banks: Turning the Paris Agreement into reality (An AfDB Feature)
    08 december 2018 09:24:21
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - Financial support is a critical element when it comes to achieving the Full text...

  • COP24: Huge untapped potential in greener construction, says UNEP
    07 december 2018 21:25:01
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - Noting some progress in greening the global construction industry, the United Nations environment agency (UNEP) co-released a report on Friday at the COP24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland, sounding the alarm on the need for “dramatic action” to reduce the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions. Full text...

  • REDD initiative for Africa relaunched on the margins of COP 24
    06 december 2018 17:55:27
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - On the fourth day of COP24 in Poland, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has reiterated its commitment to support African countries in resolutely combating the effects of climate change in Africa through efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, commonly known as REDD. Full text...

  • COP24: Taking fast road to ‘e-mobility’ central to a sustainable future
    06 december 2018 17:12:05
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - As the transportation sector continues to be a major culprit in the global rise in temperatures, the urgent need for clean solutions – in particular, powered by electricity or “e-mobility” – is being highlighted at the two-week United Nations climate change conference ‘COP24’ in Katowice, Poland. Full text...

  • Soil pollution ‘jeopardizing’ life on Earth, UN agency warns
    05 december 2018 22:47:04
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Soil is a “treasure beneath our feet,” essential to human lives and well-being, a senior United Nations official has highlighted, warning, however, that this invaluable resource is under constant threat from the little-understood phenomenon of soil pollution. Full text...

  • Eight giraffes get new abode in Niger
    05 december 2018 16:49:06
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - To safeguard them from the threats of extinction, eight giraffes have been moved to a new habitat, a wildlife reserve in the Gadabedji department, south-central Niger. Full text...

  • Climate change, a vital challenge for Africa's economic growth (By Aimable Twahirwa, PANA Correspondent, Katowice)
    05 december 2018 12:13:38
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - The 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which started last Sunday in Poland, is an unique opportunity for Africa to intensify the adaptation initiatives in the continent-wide development programmes. Full text...

  • UN Assembly President launches new initiative to purge plastics and purify oceans
    05 december 2018 04:58:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN General Assembly launched a new global call to action on Tuesday, to help end the scourge of plastic pollution in the ocean. Full text...

  • COP24 looks to next year’s big UN Climate Change Summit
    04 december 2018 17:42:32
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - With thousands gathered in Katowice, Poland, for the ‘COP24’ meeting to chart the way forward for climate action, United Nations chief António Guterres presented his longer-term vision on Tuesday for the 2019 Climate Change Summit. Full text...

  • Guterres reminds world leaders to focus on points to save the planet
    03 december 2018 17:45:10
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday told over 150 world leaders gathered for climate action that “we are in deep trouble” and asked decision-makers to focus on four key things: stepping up climate action, according to a solid plan, with more funding, as a smart investment in the future of the planet. Full text...

  • Buhari says Nigeria remains committed to saving Lake Chad from extinction
    03 december 2018 15:39:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday in Katowice, Poland, reaffirmed that Nigeria remains committed to saving Lake Chad from extinction as a way of sustaining livelihood to over 40 million people living in the region. Full text...

  • COP24: green, gender-focus, as UN's crucial climate change conference gets underway
    03 december 2018 02:08:45
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - COP24, the two-week 24th conference of the parties of the United Nations Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC), started on Sunday in Katowice, Poland, with a special focus on carbon neutrality and gender equality. Full text...

  • 'Use UN Climate Change talks to slow dangerous rising temperatures', countries urged
    01 december 2018 15:18:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Governments meeting in Katowice, Poland from Monday for the UN Climate Change Conference must seize the opportunity to slow the dangerous trend of rising temperatures,the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) said Saturday. Full text...

  • World simply ‘not on track’ to slow climate change this year: UN weather agency
    29 november 2018 19:36:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The world is heading in the wrong direction to slow climate change after another year of near-record temperatures, the head of the UN’s weather agency said on Thursday. Full text...

  • ‘Global trust’ declining, ‘our world needs stepped-up global leadership’ - UN chief
    28 november 2018 22:32:45
    New York, US (PANA) - On the eve of the G20 international forum in Argentina, and ahead of next week’s COP24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for global leadership to be stepped up, “at a time of declining global trust.” Full text...

  • AU awards Kenyatta for drawing worldwide attention to marine economy benefits
    28 november 2018 17:53:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) has presented an award to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta for successfully hosting the world's first Sustainable Blue Economy Conference, which ended in Nairobi on Wednesday. Full text...

  • CO2 emissions on the rise for first time in four years, UN agency warns
    27 november 2018 19:09:00
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A new report released on Tuesday by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) shows that global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rose again during 2017 after a three-year hiatus, highlighting the imperative for countries to deliver on the historic Paris Agreement to keep global warming to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. Full text...

  • African leaders focus on urban planning to secure better cities
    27 november 2018 17:31:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, among world leaders attending the Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, on Tuesday called for collaboration between countries, cities and communities to ensure a sustainable future for the world. Full text...

  • Kenya, Canada to explore opportunities for cooperation in the maritime sector
    27 november 2018 17:20:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) — A Canadian delegation in Kenya for the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference has pledged to explore new partnerships with Kenya, the Kenyan government said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • World leaders pledge to support policies to bolster marine, fisheries at Nairobi Summit
    26 november 2018 14:59:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta pledged Kenya’s support for the sustainable blue economy by highlighting key areas of focus as the first ever global blue economy conference opened in Nairobi on Monday. Full text...

  • Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere break another record, UN report shows
    23 november 2018 04:01:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached another new record high, according to a report issued on Thursday by the United Nations weather agency, which reveals that there is no sign of reversal of this trend, responsible for climate change, sea level rise, ocean acidification and extreme weather. Full text...

  • Kenyan wildlife body probes death of ageing black rhinos
    22 november 2018 18:12:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - One of Kenya's oldest black rhinos named Sairowua, 37 years old, is among three carcasses of the endangered species discovered in the Mara Triangle Conservancy, Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Tanzania wins Best Tourist Destination award in Russia
    22 november 2018 08:58:52
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania has won the ’Best Destination in the World’ award in the category of Exotic Destination 2018 through the Russian version of National Geographic Magazine, after online voting that involved 263,000 online readers. Full text...

  • UN agriculture agency teaches techniques to combat drought in Kenya
    21 november 2018 22:25:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - To strengthen resilience in the Horn of Africa against natural hazards like drought, which can lead to cattle losses and increased food insecurity, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is supporting pastoralists in northeastern Kenya’s Mandera County to grow pasture for livestock, a UN statement said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN chief appoints Tanzanian as acting head of UN Environment
    21 november 2018 13:58:02
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – UN Secretary-General António Guterres, has appointed the Deputy Executive Director of UNEP, Ms. Joyce Msuya of Tanzania, as the Acting Executive Director of the UN Environment following the resignation of Erik Solheim. Full text...

  • 'Over 2/3rds of Burkinabés don’t have access to adequate latrines'
    19 november 2018 12:53:04
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – More than two-thirds of the Burkina Faso populations still don’t have access to adequate latrines, the minister in charge of Water and Sanitation, Niouga Ambroise Ouédraogo, said on Monday on the occasion of the celebration of the international toilets day (ITD). Full text...

  • Nigeria losing half kilometre of land mass annually to desert encroachment
    18 november 2018 20:03:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria is losing about a half kilometre of its land mass annually to desert encroachment and time is of essence before the entire country becomes a desert, the Director General of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Dr Muktari Aminu-Kano, said in Lagos on Sunday. Full text...

  • Benin delegation on environmental conservation study tour in Rwanda
    16 november 2018 18:26:44
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A high-level delegation from Benin, led by Environment minister Francois-Corneille Kedowide, is on a study tour in Rwanda to learn from the East African country's experience on environment protection, said an official statement issued here on Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa, EU commit to ensure success of UN Summit on climate change
    15 november 2018 19:20:23
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Presidents of the European Union and South Africa on Thursday expressed their joint commitment to ensuring a successful outcome for the forthcoming UN Summit on climate change, which will take place from 3-14 December 2018 in Katowice city in southern Poland. Full text...

  • Rwanda to host international forum on Green Growth in Africa
    14 november 2018 16:45:53
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda will host the first Africa Green Growth Forum, bringing together over 1,000 participants, including policymakers and financial specialists from across the continent to share experience in green growth and climate resilient development from 26-30 November this year, it was officially announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Help build vulnerable island states’ resilience to extreme weather, urges senior UN official
    14 november 2018 02:09:48
    New York, US (PANA) - With Small Island Developing States (SIDS) bearing the brunt of economic losses from climate change, making them more resilient to extreme weather events must be a priority, said Inga Rhonda King, President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), speaking at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Building climate resilience and peace, go hand in hand for Africa’s Sahel – UN forum
    14 november 2018 02:02:38
    New York, US (PANA) - To build a sustainable peace in Africa’s Sahel region, “urgent attention” is needed to mitigate the effects of climate change, and ensure that communities have access to sufficient opportunities, a joint meeting between the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Peacebuilding Commission highlighted on Tuesday. Full text...

  • African Financial Alliance on Climate Change unveils guiding principles
    12 november 2018 14:37:32
    Johannesburge, South Africa (PANA) - The African Financial Alliance on Climate Change (AFAC) unveiled its guiding principles at the recently-concluded Africa Investment Forum (AIF) in South Africa. Full text...

  • The Netherlands initiate project to mitigate climate change in Mali
    12 november 2018 13:11:52
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Netherlands, through the Dutch development organization (SNW), has established a project to help farmers and pastoralists in Mali face climate change and insecurity, reliable sources told PANA. Full text...

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