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  • UN: UN deputy chief stresses need to protect oceans
    27 june 2016 18:08:32
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Monday in New York said that healthy oceans are critical to maintaining life on the planet, noting their connection to sustainable development. Full text...

  • UN: El Nino affecting 26.5 million children in Eastern, Southern Africa - UNICEF
    27 june 2016 16:14:11
    New York, US (PANA) - One of the strongest El Nino events ever recorded has placed the lives of 26.5 million children at risk of malnutrition, water shortages and disease in 10 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials say seafarers important in achieving SDGs, climate change targets
    25 june 2016 13:48:56
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the Day of the Seafarer, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday highlighted the role of the shipping industry in moving forward the international agenda on sustainable development and climate change. Full text...

  • Belgium: European Council calls for ratification of Paris Climate Change Agreement
    21 june 2016 07:45:25
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council late on Monday adopted a statement on the ratification of the Paris Agreement, the global legally-binding agreement on climate change adopted in December 2015. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Women’s Forum on climate change opens in Mauritius
    20 june 2016 13:16:13
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim on Monday said that climate action should be everyone’s concern, at the opening of a two-day “Women’s Forum” 2016 in Mauritius attended by 350 local and foreign participants that include scientists, policy makers and business leaders from Africa, Europe and Asia. Full text...

  • UN: UN calls for more action to restore land resources
    17 june 2016 15:44:01
    New York, US (PANA) - Nearly 800 million people are undernourished as a direct consequence of land degradation, declining soil, fertility, unsustainable water use, drought and biodiversity loss, requiring long-term solutions to help communities increase resilience to climate change, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN Sustainable Energy for All unveils 5-year strategy for affordable, clean energy
    16 june 2016 15:54:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), the global, multi-stakeholder platform that played a core role in putting universal access to modern energy services at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris climate agreement, is focusing on a new five-year strategy that will drive action and deliver on those promises. Full text...

  • Zambia: Wildlife charity welcomes Zambia's decision to suspend hippo cull
    15 june 2016 11:41:12
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - International wildlife charity, Born Free Foundation, has welcomed the Zambian authorities’ decision to suspend a highly controversial cull of 400 hippopotamuses a year over the next five years in the Luangwa River Valley, following a high-profile campaign led by Born Free and supported by international experts and Zambian nationals. Full text...

  • UN: UN report confirms corruption is biggest threat to ivory, wildlife officials arrested
    14 june 2016 13:21:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A new UN report has confirmed that corrupt officials are at the heart of wildlife crime in many parts of the world, rather than terrorist groups or tribal peoples who hunt to feed their families. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to host Women’s Forum Global meeting
    11 june 2016 13:14:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius will host on 20 and 21 June 2016 the Women’s Forum global meeting which is a platform for highly influential women and men to reflect upon and share ideas and views on the crucial need to transform economies and societies across the world, PANA learnt on Saturday from official sources in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • UN: 19 African, Asian countries gets US$40 million for wildlife protection programme
    10 june 2016 16:39:45
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN-backed partnership fund has approved an additional US$40 million to expand its support of a global programme fighting against illegal trafficking to a total of 19 countries in Africa and Asia. Full text...

  • UN: UN-Habitat launches scientific tool on global urbanization
    10 june 2016 06:36:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) late on Thursday in New York released details of a new scientific tool tagged: "UN Sample of Cities", that measures the rate of global urbanization, its characteristics, and the potential effect of urban sprawl on the quality of life for city dwellers. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief commends India, US on climate change action
    08 june 2016 15:52:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday commended a joint statement on climate change made by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama, announcing their support for early entry into force of the Paris Agreement, and encouraged all countries to accelerate their domestic processes to join or ratify it. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges meaningful action to protect oceans' health
    08 june 2016 14:31:48
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday stressed the need for meaningful action to protect future health of oceans, noting that, healthy oceans are critical to sustaining life on Earth, by regulating the climate and providing a wide range of services, including natural resources, nutritious food and jobs that benefit billions of people. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Born Free calls on Zambia to abandon hippo cull
    07 june 2016 16:35:21
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - International wildlife charity, Born Free Foundation, has condemned Zambia’s plan to kill 400 hippopotamuses a year over the next five years in the Luangwa River Valley, an area world-famous as a wildlife stronghold. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges greater action to protect world's marine ecosystems
    07 june 2016 14:38:51
    New York, US (PANA) - To highlight growing concern for the health of the world’s marine Full text...

  • UN: IAEA promotes peaceful application of nuclear science, technology
    06 june 2016 17:00:54
    New York, US (PANA) - UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Yukiya Amano on Monday said the agency’s activities in promoting the peaceful application of nuclear science and technology would help UN member states to achieve their development goals, as well as in enhancing nuclear safety and security and implementing safeguards. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials urge more action to deal with wildlife poachers
    05 june 2016 16:41:59
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the World Environment Day, which this year focuses on the Full text...

  • US: IATA tasks govts on airlines' carbon emissions
    03 june 2016 14:00:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Friday approved a resolution urging governments to adopt a single global carbon offset mechanism to address carbon emissions from international aviation at the 39th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) later this year. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Rights group says Shell must clean up oil pollution in Niger Delta
    02 june 2016 05:32:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The multinational oil giant Shell must not be allowed to palm off its responsibility to clean up decades of oil pollution which continues to blight the Niger Delta, human rights watchdog Amnesty International has said ahead of the Nigerian government’s long overdue clean-up of Ogoniland, due to begin on Thursday. Full text...

  • Togo: Togo launches assistance operation for victims of natural disasters
    31 may 2016 19:16:50
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Togo's Minister of Social Action, Advancement of Women and Literacy, Tchabinandi Kolani Yentcharé launched Tuesday at Tandjoaré in the Savannah zone, an operation to support victims of disasters which will cover three regions of the north, namely, Savannah, Kara and Central. Full text...

  • Botswana: Communities urged to preserve landscapes
    31 may 2016 13:10:42
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana has announced plans to continue supporting the development of cultural and heritage sites across the country. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNEP voices concern on high prices for illegal wildlife products
    28 may 2016 17:28:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Full text...

  • Kenya: UNEP to launch green reclamation project in Niger Delta
    28 may 2016 14:13:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said it will launch a major Full text...

  • UN: UN officials say climate change affecting stability in Sahel region
    27 may 2016 06:11:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Senior UN officials late on Thursday in New York said climate change plays a direct role in Africa's Sahel region’s security, development and stability by increasing drought and fueling conflict. Full text...

  • Zambia: Governments get down to implement climate change agreement
    26 may 2016 17:19:56
    Lusaka, Zambia (PAAN) – The first UN climate change meeting since governments adopted the landmark Paris Agreement ended Thursday in Bonn, Germany, amid a suite of positive outcomes that will support the treaty’s widely anticipated early entry into force and stronger, sustained action worldwide into the future. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya to seek total ban on ivory trade at CITES Summit
    26 may 2016 13:59:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya said Thursday the recent burning of tonnes of ivory was a pledge to end the trade while announcing plans to seek a total ban on ivory products globally. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies launch campaign to promote sustainable cities
    26 may 2016 13:53:00
    New York, US (PANA) - Two UN entities have launched a global initiative to advocate for public policy to promote the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) as a catalyst for the transition to smart sustainable cities. Full text...

  • Kenya: African ministers stress need for accountability on Africa's resources
    25 may 2016 22:27:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Environment ministers from around the world have Full text...

  • Kenya: UN launched campaign to mobilize millions to end illegal trade in wildlife
    25 may 2016 16:39:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Backed by A-list celebrities from across the globe, the United Nations on Wednesday launched an unprecedented campaign against the illegal trade in wildlife, which is pushing species to the brink of extinction, robbing countries of their natural heritage and profiting international criminal networks. Full text...

  • Kenya: IOM calls for integration of migration in environment policies
    25 may 2016 10:51:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Environmental degradation and climate change are already moving millions of people from their homes every year and this trend will intensify without a collective response from the international community, William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) warned on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius culled 30,938 bats in 2015 - Minister
    25 may 2016 06:56:42
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Agro-industry Minister Mahen Seeruttun on Tuesday told Parliament that a total of 30,938 bats were culled during the period 6 November to 4 December 2015. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges action to tackle wildlife crime
    24 may 2016 18:58:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The poaching and illegal trade of thousands of species Full text...

  • UN: UN report stresses need for global responses to air pollution
    24 may 2016 18:04:08
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Full text...

  • Mauritius: About 80,000 stray dogs live in Mauritius
    24 may 2016 15:43:30
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Agro-Industry Minister Mahen Seeruttun, on Tuesday told Parliament that the dog population in Mauritius is around 300,000 out of which at least 80,000 are considered to be strays (without an owner or a defined abode). Full text...

  • UN: UN Environment Assembly to ensure healthy planet, healthy people
    23 may 2016 21:36:35
    New York, US (PANA) - Hundreds of key global decision-makers on Monday Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius tackles coral diseases
    23 may 2016 12:57:47
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The University of Mauritius on Monday launched a three-day training course on coral diseases and monitoring, aiming to increase knowledge of and training stakeholders on the potential diseases affecting the island’s coral reefs in a bid to help in decision making, conservation and management of this delicate ecosystem. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials say biodiversity enhances sustainable development
    22 may 2016 16:41:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Sunday said biodiversity and the ecosystem services it supports are the foundations for life on Earth and the livelihoods and well-being of people everywhere. Full text...

  • UN: WMO says April 2016 hottest month globally
    20 may 2016 19:09:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Global temperature records were broken yet again in April Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana minister fights for preservation of natural habitats
    20 may 2016 08:27:09
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has vowed to continue with natural habitat preservation, ahead of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) slated for UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, next week. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges governments to reverse environmental degradation
    19 may 2016 18:37:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The environment is deteriorating faster than previously thought, Full text...

  • Zambia: Mexican confirmed as head of UNFCCC
    19 may 2016 14:06:18
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has formally announced the appointment of Patricia Espinosa of Mexico as new Executive Secretary of the Bonn-based United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Full text...

  • UN: UN report urges new agenda for resilient, sustainable cities
    19 may 2016 06:57:27
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN report has said that, while cities have emerged over the past 20 years as the world’s economic platforms for production and innovation, helping millions escape poverty through better jobs and improved quality of life, mass urbanization has also led to overcrowding, deepened inequalities and triggered a raft of environmental and health challenges. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzania: 'El Niño shows dire need for adaptation funds' - Oxfam
    16 may 2016 09:47:12
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - With 2016 on track to be the hottest year ever and a super-charged El Niño putting over 60 million lives at the mercy of unpredictable climate shocks, it’s more urgent than ever to help communities adapt to climate change, said Oxfam on Monday at the start of the United Nations climate conference in Bonn, Germany. Full text...

  • UN: UN official urges coherent global action to address El Nino weather impacts
    13 may 2016 21:08:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Full text...

  • UN: UN General Assembly elects Norwegian as new head of UN environment programme
    13 may 2016 17:27:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Following the nomination by the UN Secretary-General, the UN General Assembly on Friday elected Mr. Erik Solheim of Norway as the new Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) for a four-year term. Full text...

  • UN: Paris agreement signatories to meet on climate adaption funding
    13 may 2016 15:28:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The signatories to the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change face the first test of their commitment when they meet in Bonn, Germany, next week to negotiate a new mechanism to fund climate adaptation projects, a UN human rights expert said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: New UN-backed report says climate change fuels internal displacement
    12 may 2016 18:09:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Disasters associated with slow processes of environmental Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda gets CIF support to enhance forest resources
    11 may 2016 19:58:35
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - With support from the African Development Bank (AfDB), Rwanda has won approval of a US $250,000 grant under the Climate Investment Funds’ Forest Investment Program (CIF FIP) to prepare its national-level FIP Investment Plan (IP). Full text...

  • UN: UN calls for end to illegal poaching, trade of migratory birds
    10 may 2016 17:05:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Millions of migratory birds are being lost each year as a Full text...

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