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  • World can prevent climate change worst-case scenarios – UN chief
    14 october 2018 06:57:07
    Bali, Indonesia (PANA) - Checking global warming and preventing some of the worst-case scenarios of runaway climate change “is still possible”, the United Nations Secretary-General said on Saturday, urging greater action and ambitions. Full text...

  • Tunisia gets 76 million euros from AfDB to improve sanitation in small municipalities
    12 october 2018 15:56:36
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Board of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group on Thursday approved a loan of 75 million Euros and a grant of 1 million Euros to finance the first phase of the sanitation program in small municipalities with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants in Tunisia. Full text...

  • Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference turns spotlight on illicit finance, graft
    12 october 2018 14:56:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The fourth Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT), taking place in London, has turned the spotlight on the creation of a new financial task force and a coalition of technology giants committed to combating illegal wildlife trade online. Full text...

  • AfDB to intensify actions for climate change
    11 october 2018 10:49:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) is committed to intensifying its action in the fight against climate change in Africa, said James Kinyangi, representative of the said bank at the he Seventh Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA – VII) conference which opened in Nairobi on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN report shows climate change causing ‘dramatic rise’ in economic losses
    10 october 2018 19:53:47
    New York, US (PANA) - Climate-related and geophysical disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis have killed 1.3 million people over the last 20 years and left a further 4.4 billion injured, homeless or in need of emergency assistance, UN experts said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Africa common position sought at ministerial summit on climate change in Nairobi
    10 october 2018 19:10:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Africa needs to speak with one voice when it goes to the global climate change summit (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland, in December, Kenya’s Environment and Forestry Minister, Keriako Tobiko said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Global warming report, an 'ear-splitting wake-up call' warns UN chief
    09 october 2018 02:28:10
    New York, US (PANA) - A special report on limiting global warming released on Monday by a UN scientific panel, should be heard around the world as an "ear-splitting wake-up call" said UN chief António Guterres. Full text...

  • Staying below 1.5℃ warming limit would protect lives in Africa: Report
    07 october 2018 14:56:31
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A study published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has suggested that keeping global warming to within 1.5 to 2 Celsius degrees might be feasible and necessary. Full text...

  • First Rwanda's hackathon project to focus on building resilience of wetlands
    06 october 2018 20:04:38
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A group of entrepreneurs from around the globe will gather Monday in Kigali, Rwanda, for a three-day event that will see the establishment of the first-ever, open-sourced blockchain based green economy platform to raise funds for agriculture or ecosystem services through carbon credits, an official source confirmed to PANA on Saturday in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN Environment, WTO launch publication on making trade work for environment
    02 october 2018 16:37:37
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Underscoring the critical role of trade practices for a sustainable future, leaders in business, government and civil society called for forward-looking trade approaches during a high-level leadership dialogue on Tuesday, to propel the world towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Full text...

  • Curb 'throw-away' culture, says UN-Habitat chief
    02 october 2018 06:39:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Marking World Habitat Day on Monday, UN-Habitat – the agency mandated with promoting sustainable cities – has called for greater imagination and innovation in tackling the world’s waste management challenges, in particular at the municipal level. Full text...

  • Guterres calls for more and quicker action on climate change
    26 september 2018 18:48:47
    New York, US (PANA) - As governments prepare to meet later this year for the next round of climate talks, Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday underscored the need to speed up action on an issue that is “the absolute priority” for the United Nations. Full text...

  • WB Group commits US$1bn for battery storage to ramp up renewable energy globally
    26 september 2018 17:25:23
    New York, US (PANA) - In a major announcement at the One Planet Summit in New York on Wednesday, the World Bank Group committed US$1 billion for a new global programme to accelerate investments in battery storage for energy systems in developing and middle-income countries. Full text...

  • World Bank announces new global fund for healthy oceans
    26 september 2018 17:06:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Bank Group announced on Wednesday the creation of PROBLUE, a new multi-donor trust fund that will support healthy and productive oceans by tackling marine pollution, managing fisheries and fostering the sustainable growth of coastal economies. Full text...

  • India to host global sanitation conference
    25 september 2018 13:44:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ministers and sanitation sector leaders from around the world will come together this month at the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention (MGISC) in New Delhi, India, to share sanitation success stories and best practices. Full text...

  • Floods displace 77,460 Nigerians, destroy 3,544 houses
    23 september 2018 14:20:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Sunday released a preliminary report on what it called the “devastating” effect of floods in 12 of Nigeria’s 36 States, saying 77, 460 people have been displaced in 50 local governments affected by the deluge. Full text...

  • AfDB convenes Climate Change Seminar on Gender Mainstreaming for African Group of Negotiators
    20 september 2018 16:02:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) will conduct a seminar on gender mainstreaming in climate negotiations for the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) in Dakar, Senegal, on Wednesday, 26 September, 2018. Full text...

  • Sudan and Egypt agree to minimize Nile water losses
    19 september 2018 18:16:05
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan and Egypt on Wednesday ended a weeklong meeting with a call to rationalize uses of the Nile water and minimize water losses in the upper Nile areas. Full text...

  • IAAF installs first stadium air quality monitor in Monaco
    18 september 2018 14:42:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The IAAF on Tuesday reached a substantial milestone in its campaign to raise awareness of the effects of air pollution, with the installation of its first stadium air quality monitor in Monaco. Full text...

  • Now is a ‘pivotal time for climate action’ says UN chief, looking to ozone layer gains
    17 september 2018 01:41:58
    New York, US (PANA) - With record-breaking heat once again enveloping the earth this year, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said it was also “a pivotal time for climate action”, marking the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, on Sunday. Full text...

  • 'More than 65 million ‘low-carbon jobs’ can be created by 2030'
    17 september 2018 01:37:05
    San Francisco, US (PANA) - New UN-backed commitments to take action against the damaging effects of climate change, could result in $26 trillion in economic benefits worldwide, and help create 65 million new “low-carbon jobs” by 2030 – the deadline for the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • Blocking of proposed South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary angers environmental groups
    14 september 2018 16:17:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Environmental groups around the world expressed deep concern as a proposal to create a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic under the International Whaling Commission (IWC) was once again blocked by a minority of countries supporting Japan’s pro-whaling agenda. Full text...

  • ‘Direct existential threat’ of climate change nears point of no return, warns UN chief
    11 september 2018 05:56:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The world risks crossing the point of no return on climate change, with disastrous consequences for people across the planet and the natural systems that sustain them, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned on Monday, calling for more leadership and greater ambition for climate action, to reverse course. Full text...

  • Runaway climate change still “a real possibility”: UN Secretary-General
    06 september 2018 05:15:32
    New York, US (PANA) - Greater ambition, urgency and action are needed if we are to prevent ever greater climate-related crises, said UN Chief Antonió Guterres on Wednesday, at the launch of the 2018 New Climate Economy report, at UN Headquarters in New York. Full text...

  • Graphite mining project in southern Tanzania secures environmental approval
    05 september 2018 11:21:28
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian focused flake graphite development company, Volt Resources Limited, on Wednesday reported the completion of a key milestone in the development of its Bunyu Graphite Project in the south-east regions of Lindi and Mtwara, after receiving the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Certificate from the National Environment Management Council of Tanzania (NEMC). Full text...

  • Act now to save children from rise in climate-driven extreme weather – UNICEF
    02 september 2018 06:40:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Governments are being pressed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to act now to safeguard younger generations from the immediate and long-term impacts of so-called “extreme weather events”. Full text...

  • New study cautions on irrigation technology investments without policies to save freshwater
    24 august 2018 18:50:33
    Washington D.C, US (PANA) - Increasing irrigation efficiency through irrigation technologies alone is failing to reduce water consumption and, paradoxically, may even be making water scarcity worse, a new study has found. Full text...

  • Shock as environment authority demolishes Nairobi city mall
    08 august 2018 13:11:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - People operating businesses at Nairobi's Southend Mall woke up to a rude shock on Wednesday upon learning that the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) demolished the mall. Full text...

  • 'Lots of good news’ but much more needs to be done for the planet, says UNEP chief
    07 august 2018 05:46:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Calling 2017 “the first year in human history” that more electricity was generated globally from the sun, than oil, gas and coal combined, Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has told UN News that “we are on track” but “we really need to speed up”. Full text...

  • Ogonis demand unconditional implementation of Ogoni Bill of Rights
    27 july 2018 16:52:00
    Houston, US (PANA) - Ogoni People, also known as the Ogonis, in Nigeria's Rivers State, have called for an unconditional implementation of the Ogoni Bill of Rights (OBR), warning that several attempts [to go through the back door] to return Shell and its surrogates into Ogoniland have provoked anger and distrust among Ogonis who feel cheated and insulted. Full text...

  • AfDB, IFAD collaborate to help Mozambique build knowledge on climate finance
    26 july 2018 16:26:37
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have agreed to collaborate to help Mozambique build knowledge on climate finance and Natural Capital Full text...

  • AfDB reiterates support for Lake Chad Basin Heritage Project
    26 july 2018 15:49:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has reiterated support for Lake Chad Basin Heritage Project, saying it will continue its support for an environmental initiative to protect the shrinking Lake Chad - a source of water to millions of people in central and West Africa. Full text...

  • UNESCO designates 24 new biosphere reserves
    26 july 2018 06:38:30
    Paris, France (PANA) - Protecting mangroves, tropical rain forests and other biodiversity hot spots, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) bumped up its World Network of Biosphere Reserves by 24 new sites on Wednesday, which means that 686 unique natural sites in total are being preserved globally. Full text...

  • 2018 World Water Week to focus on Africa
    25 july 2018 16:57:55
    Stockholm, Sweden (PANA) - The 2018 World Water Week will take place from 26 to 31 August in Stockholm, Sweden, under the theme: “Water, ecosystems and human development.” Full text...

  • How to restore the ocean’s oxygen? A New tool for policy makers (A UNESCO Feature)
    21 july 2018 11:53:23
    Paris, France (PANA) - Oxygen is declining in the ocean. Since the 1960s, the area of low oxygen water in the open ocean has increased by 4.5 million km2 and over 500 low oxygen sites have been identified around the world. Full text...

  • Kenyan govt invites expert probe after eight mysterious rhino deaths
    13 july 2018 15:56:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan authorities have invited international wildlife experts to initiate a probe following the surprise death of eight black rhinos transferred to a new park in Nakuru, central Kenya, the Tourism Minister Najib Balala, said on Friday. Full text...

  • Salvage expert plans to drag iceberg to Cape Town
    13 july 2018 13:10:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Although heavy winter rains have brought some relief to drought-stricken Cape Town, famous salvage expert Nick Sloane is pressing ahead with his plan to “capture” an iceberg and drag it to South Africa. Full text...

  • Fragile countries risk being ‘stuck in a cycle of conflict, climate disaster,’ Security Council told
    12 july 2018 06:36:31
    New York, US (PANA) - Climate change ­– and the shortages of water and food that come from it – is becoming increasingly linked to conflict, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on Wednesday, warning that countries most vulnerable to drought and crop failure are also most vulnerable to conflict and fragility. Full text...

  • Environment watchdog fingers China for ozone destruction
    09 july 2018 12:15:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A global environment investigating agency said on Monday it has evidence showing that significant and unexplained emissions of the ozone-destroying chemical CFC-11 in the atmosphere is emanating from China. Full text...

  • Rwanda's former high-security prison buildings to give way to modern housing
    07 july 2018 14:37:54
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Municipality workers have arrived at a former high-security prison in Muhima, a suburb of Kigali city, where they will demolish the old prison buildings, last used in the late 1930s, so the land can be exploited for modern housing and commercial buildings, PANA reports in Kigali. Full text...

  • AfDB approves African Water Facility Plans for 2018
    04 july 2018 15:06:49
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved the work plan and budget of the African Water Facility (AWF) for 2018. Full text...

  • Cameroon hosts workshop on implementation of SDG 6 in french-speaking Central Africa
    04 july 2018 14:52:34
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - A three-day (4-6 July, 2018) workshop at which participants will share their experiences concerning the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) dedicated to water and sanitation (SDG 6) in french-speaking Central Africa opened on Wednesday in Douala, Cameroon. Full text...

  • World’s largest desert Lake Turkana lands on World Heritage site danger list
    29 june 2018 15:05:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Lake Turkana, the world’s largest desert lake, has been declared in danger because of the environmental impact of constructing a hydro-electric dam upstream on Ethiopia’s Omo River, UNESCO World Heritage Committee announced on Friday. Full text...

  • Two rights groups demand 'thorough' investigations into Gambia sand winning deaths
    20 june 2018 07:50:15
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Two human rights groups on Wednesday urged the Gambian authorities to thoroughly investigate the alleged excessive use of force by police causing the deaths of two anti-sand mining demonstrators last Monday. Full text...

  • FAO calls for pro-active, long-term planning against droughts
    15 june 2018 11:03:54
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has called for a fundamental shift in the way drought is perceived and managed in the Near East and North Africa region. Full text...

  • Wilderness Safaris cut down plastic use in Botswana
    15 june 2018 08:54:04
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Pan-African ecotourism-company Wilderness Safaris’ conversation efforts in Botswana have won the prestigious National Energy Globe Award. Full text...

  • MDB climate finance hits record high of US$ 35.2 billion in 2017
    14 june 2018 13:22:02
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Climate financing by the world’s six largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) rose to a seven-year high of US$ 35.2 billion in 2017, up by 28 per cent on the previous year. Full text...

  • FAO helps countries lay the groundwork for climate-resilient initiatives
    11 june 2018 11:35:35
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is supporting 10 projects in countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and South America to lay the groundwork for climate-resilient adaptation initiatives, funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF)'s Readiness Programme. Full text...

  • World must unite against ‘preventable tragedy’ of ocean pollution: UN chief
    09 june 2018 07:51:59
    New York, US (PANA) - From carrying your own water bottle, to volunteering for a local clean-up, everybody needs to do something to stop plastic pollution from getting into the world’s oceans, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his message for World Oceans Day. Full text...

  • Mauritius to ban disposal of plastic at sea
    08 june 2018 10:58:11
    Reduit, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius is finalising a regulation that will ban the disposal of all forms of plastic into the sea, the Mauritian Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping MInister Premdut Koonjoo said on Friday. Full text...

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