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  • 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...

  • 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...

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