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  • 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...

  • US: Eleven global banks partner UN to make financial markets more climate transparent
    12 july 2017 06:44:10
    New York, US (PANA) – Eleven major financial institutions around the globe, representing over US$7 trillion, have joined forces with the United Nations to promote climate transparency in financial markets, the Organization’s environment wing said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Italy: Mozambique, World Bank, FAO sign agreement to grow forest sector reform
    11 july 2017 11:01:38
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Government of Mozambique, the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have announced a new project that will strengthen sustainable forest management and contribute to Mozambique achieving Sustainable Development Goal 15 on forests. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Africa Climate Change Fund launches second call for proposals
    11 july 2017 05:42:08
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF), housed in the Climate Change and Green Growth Department of the African Development Bank (AfDB), has called for more proposals aimed at scaling up access to climate finance and support to climate resilient and low carbon development in African countries. Full text...

  • Mozambique: WB, FAO support forest sector management in Mozambique
    10 july 2017 19:40:39
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - The World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday signed a US$6 million agreement to support the Government of Mozambique in its efforts to strengthen the sustainable management of its forest sector, promote good governance, improve forest concession systems, and enable private sector participation. Full text...

  • France: Sites in Angola, Eritrea, South Africa added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List
    09 july 2017 04:57:15
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO's World Heritage Committee on Saturday inscribed cultural sites in Angola, Eritrea and South Africa. Full text...

  • US: Int'l confab on Regional Sea Level Changes, Costal Impacts takes place in New York
    08 july 2017 11:37:27
    New York, US (PANA) - Worried that sea level change is already impacting coastal communities globally and will continue to do so, the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) is organizing a five-day international conference in New York, US, to address existing challenges in describing and predicting regional sea level changes, and in quantifying the intrinsic uncertainties. Full text...

  • Austria: UNIDO, Japan promote adaptation technologies for developing cleaner, climate resilient industry in Africa
    07 july 2017 13:42:02
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - With the support of its Investment and technology promotion office (ITPO) in Tokyo, Japan, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has arranged a study tour for African food processing industry representatives to demonstrate to them adaptation technologies for better climate resilience and low-carbon growth. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UN report paints bleak humanitarian outlook in Horn of Africa, Great Lakes region
    07 july 2017 09:55:05
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - East Africa faces one of the biggest humanitarian crises in its history, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned in a new report published on Friday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN agency launches video ‘forecasts’ on impact of climate change
    05 july 2017 19:18:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – In a year already marked by heatwaves and new daily temperature records, the United Nations weather agency and television weather anchors have joined forces to create video forecasts that explore how climate change would make future summers even hotter in major cities of the world. Full text...

  • Kenya: Drought causes serious humanitarian impacts in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya
    04 july 2017 12:29:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - An estimated 761,000 Somalis have been internally displaced by drought between November 2016 and June 2017, with more than 22,000 displacements recorded between 1 and 23 June this year, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Regional Office for Southern and Eastern Africa reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Morocco: Morocco secures US$25 million loan for hybrid solar project
    03 july 2017 16:03:04
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Morocco has received approval for a US$ 25 million loan from the Climate Investment Funds’ Clean Technology Fund (CIF CTF) for a project to generate solar power through an innovative hybrid Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and Photovoltaic (PV) solution. Full text...

  • US: Beyoncé partners with UNICEF to bring safe water to children in remote areas of Burundi
    30 june 2017 19:46:19
    New Orleans, US (PANA) – Global entertainer and humanitarian Beyoncé has teamed up with the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) through her BeyGOOD philanthropic arm to announce the launch of BEYGOOD4BURUNDI, a multi-year partnership to provide safe water to the most vulnerable children in Burundi. Full text...

  • US: UN marks Day of the Tropics with focus on region’s vulnerability
    29 june 2017 20:41:32
    New York, US (PANA) – The majority of the world’s most vulnerable communities are in the Tropics, and will be most affected by environmental threats, according to the United Nations, which on Thursday marked the International Day of the Tropics. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Global high-level panel on water meets in Mauritius
    28 june 2017 17:23:22
    Pointe-aux-Piments, Mauritius (PANA) - A two-day meeting for a global high-level panel on water opened Wednesday in Mauritius with the participation of delegates from Australia, Bangladesh, Hungary, India, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru and South Africa. Full text...

  • Benin: AfDB-backed 9th African Carbon Forum holds in Cotonou
    28 june 2017 13:37:38
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with members of the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), is showcasing the 9th African Carbon Forum (ACF) in Cotonou, Benin, from 28-30 June, 2017. Full text...

  • Kenya: Over 2,500 cities take up Climate Change fight
    23 june 2017 14:43:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - More than 2,500 cities have now listed climate-change pledges on the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA) portal, launched as part of the 2014 Lima-Paris Action Agenda, HSBC notes, the UN said Friday. Full text...

  • Germany: Increased reliance on natural gas risks an emissions lock-in - Report
    23 june 2017 07:34:43
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) - An environmental group on Friday said that the future of natural gas is limited, even as a bridging fuel, and warned that continued investments into the sector create the risk of breaching the Paris Agreement's long-term temperature goal and will result in stranded assets. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN weather agency says record high temperatures grip much of the globe
    21 june 2017 05:51:50
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Extremely high May and June temperatures have broken records in parts of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the United States, the United Nations weather agency has reported, warning of more heatwaves to come. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU passes new rule on sustainable, transparent external fishing activities
    20 june 2017 18:29:00
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council on Tuesday reached a political agreement with the European Parliament on new rules for the sustainable management of external fishing fleets. Full text...

  • Italy: 'World needs to pre-empt devastating drought impacts through better preparedness'
    19 june 2017 12:04:50
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Investing in preparedness and building the resilience of farmers is fundamental to facing situations of extreme drought, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on Monday. Full text...

  • Belgium: 'Paris Agreement fit for purpose, cannot be renegotiated' - EU
    19 june 2017 09:16:52
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Council of the European Union on Monday said it has deeply regretted the unilateral decision by the United States Administration to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, but at the same time welcomed the numerous strong statements of commitment to the deal from countries ranging from major economies to small island states. Full text...

  • US: Help preserve land – our 'home and future' – UN
    17 june 2017 14:02:38
    New York, US (PANA) – With hundreds of millions of people around the globe directly affected by desertification – the degradation of land ecosystems due to unsustainable farming or mining practices, or climate change – United Nations agencies have called for better management of land so that it can provide a place where individuals and communities “can build a future”. Full text...

  • France: INTERPOL identifies illegal wildlife trade on the Darknet
    15 june 2017 09:09:40
    Lyon, France (PANA) - Illegal wildlife traders may be turning their attention to the Darknet, a new INTERPOL research report has found. Full text...

  • US: UN Ocean Conference wraps up with actions to restore ocean health, protect marine life
    10 june 2017 05:45:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The first-ever United Nations summit on oceans wrapped up on Friday with a global agreement to reverse the decline of the ocean's health, just as more than 1,300 stakeholders pledged actions for protecting the blue. Full text...

  • Kenya: IOM appeals for US$60 million for victims of East Africa’s drought
    09 june 2017 11:24:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is appealing to the international community for USS60 million to help displaced people and the communities hosting them in four of the worst affected countries in East Africa and the Horn of Africa. Full text...

  • US: Sustainable use of oceans requires end to illegal fishing - FAO chief
    09 june 2017 07:44:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The world's oceans offer both challenges and solutions to the world's Sustainable Development Agenda, and managing them more carefully is essential for global food security today and tomorrow as well as the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said at the United Nations Ocean Conference. Full text...

  • US: Care for, use oceans in sustainable ways - UN chief urges
    08 june 2017 19:16:21
    New York, US (PANA) – The future of the planet’s oceans is burdened by threats such as climate change, pollution and destructive fishing practices – and the lack of capacities to address these threats, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has said, calling for joint global action to ensure “that our oceans are peaceful, safe and bountiful, and remain healthy as our blue home.” Full text...

  • France: UNESCO meeting to designate new biosphere reserves
    08 june 2017 15:55:40
    Paris, France (PANA) - Members of the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme will designate new biosphere reserves when they hold their annual meeting at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, from 12 to 15 June. Full text...

  • US: 'Unite for the ocean we need, for the future we want,” UNECSO chief says
    08 june 2017 12:01:29
    New York, US (PANA) – A healthy ocean requires robust global knowledge of ocean science, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has said, marking World Oceans Day with a strong call to nurture, mobilize and harness the best scientific knowledge to protect our planet's vital oceans. Full text...

  • US: Record 'green' energy capacity added in 2016 as cost for renewables plunges – Report
    08 june 2017 06:29:18
    New York, US (PANA) – The world is now adding more green energy capacity each year than it adds in new capacity from all fossil fuels combined, a United Nations-backed report revealed on Wednesday, showing that the “renewables train has already left the station” and those who ignore this will be left behind. Full text...

  • US: Musician Cody Simpson to be named 'Ocean Advocate' for UNDP
    08 june 2017 06:17:07
    New York, US (PANA) - To mark World Oceans Day, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will name Australian musician Cody Simpson as its first-ever Ocean Advocate to help raise awareness of the crucial role the ocean plays in the health of the planet and people. Full text...

  • Zambia: Leaders of Zambia, Madagascar commit to Paris Agreement
    07 june 2017 17:38:08
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia and Madagascar have reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change due to the devastating adverse effects that the the two countries, including the Southern African Development Community (SADC) sub-region and the entire African continent, have experienced. Full text...

  • Botswana: Cold front hits Botswana, as temperatures drop
    07 june 2017 15:45:37
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s Department of Meteorological Services (DMS) has announced that a cold front is expected to sweep through the country shortly. Full text...

  • US: Water is ‘catalyst’ for cooperation, not conflict, says UN chief
    07 june 2017 07:28:21
    New York, US (PANA) – Stressing the importance of diplomacy to prevent and resolve trans-boundary disputes over water resources, Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday told the United Nations Security Council that water serves as “a catalyst” for cooperation among nations, even those that are not on good terms. Full text...

  • US: UN agencies commit to cutting harmful fishing subsidies at Oceans Conference
    07 june 2017 07:03:38
    New York, US (PANA) – As the international community focuses this week on preserving the health of global oceans and seas, the United Nations agencies on agriculture, environment and trade are committing to the sustainable trade of fisheries. Full text...

  • US: UN Ocean Conference opens with calls for united action to reverse human damage
    05 june 2017 19:48:53
    New York, US (PANA) – Opening a “game-changing” international conference on the health of the world’s oceans and seas, top United Nations officials on Monday urged coordinated global action to protect the planet. Full text...

  • US: UN observes World Environment Day
    05 june 2017 15:45:14
    New York, US (PANA) – With the theme of this year's World Environment Day – 'Connecting People to Nature' – aimed at highlighting the well-documented physical and mental health benefits of being in nature, the United Nations is on Monday flagging the vast benefits of such engagement, from food security and improved health to reliable water supply and climatic stability. Full text...

  • US: UN poised to open summit on world's oceans on Monday
    04 june 2017 06:21:16
    New York, US (PANA) – Warming oceans, depleting sea life and plastic pollution are on the agenda for this week's ocean summit at the United Nations, which will call for urgent action to improve the health of the oceans, while also creating jobs and raising people out of poverty. Full text...

  • Russia: Green economy is 'the economy of the future,' says UN chief
    03 june 2017 03:59:22
    St. Petersburg, Russia (PANA) - Underscoring the threats posed by climate change – those already apparent, as well as those sure to impact the future of the planet – the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, on Friday urged Governments worldwide to “stay the course” and remain committed to climate action. Full text...

  • US: US decision to withdraw from Paris climate accord a 'major disappointment' – UN
    02 june 2017 11:46:49
    New York, US (PANA) – The Spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General has said the decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change is a major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security. Full text...

  • US: UNEP stresses 'incredible momentum' on climate action
    02 june 2017 05:52:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) says the US decision to leave the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in no way brings an end to this unstoppable effort to protect the environment. Full text...

  • US: UN chief urges world to rally behind Paris Accord on climate change
    31 may 2017 04:53:57
    New York, US (PANA) – Highlighting the seriousness of the impact of climate change on the planet and its inhabitants, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on has called for sustained action to meet the global challenge and to ensure a peaceful and sustainable future for all. Full text...

  • US: UN urges tourists to protect nature that draws them
    22 may 2017 20:12:50
    New York, US (PANA) – Tourism must not undermine the nature that attracts tourists in the first place, said the head of the United Nations-backed treaty on biological diversity, marking International Day for Biological Diversity. Full text...

  • Botswana: World Bank funds water reservoirs construction in Botswana
    18 may 2017 15:27:40
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The World Bank has extended a US$145.5 million loan to Botswana for construction of water reservoirs, which are expected to cushion the semi-arid southern Africa country from future droughts, Finance Minister Kenneth Matambo said on Thursday. Full text...

  • US: IMF agrees on safety net for poor countries hit by large natural disasters
    16 may 2017 10:59:49
    Washington, D.C., US (PANA) - Executive Directors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have adopted a decision to enhance the financial safety net for poor countries hit by large natural disasters. Full text...

  • Kenya: Euro Bank, Tanzania and UN partner in cutting Lake Victoria pollution
    15 may 2017 15:04:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have partnered together with the Government of Tanzania and UN-Habitat in implementing a project aimed at reducing the level of pollution flowing into Lake Victoria, the UN-Habitat headquarters in Nairobi has said. Full text...

  • Germany: Environmentalists laud positive China, India policies on coal use
    15 may 2017 11:26:55
    Bonn, Germany, Kenya (PANA) - Positive developments on coal use in China and India are likely to reduce projected global carbon emissions growth by roughly two to three billion tonnes by 2030 compared to forecasts made a year ago, the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) said on Monday. Full text...

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