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  • 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...

  • Mauritius to wage war against plastic pollution
    06 june 2018 08:34:50
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Acting President Mr Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory has called on the population to join hands to wage war against plastic pollution in a message on Tuesday night at the launch of activities marking World Environment Day 2018. Full text...

  • Rwanda to enforce legislation banning use of plastic bags
    05 june 2018 16:31:30
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Environment minister Vincent Biruta said here Tuesday that he will propose a legislation to enforce the country's ban on plastic shopping bags in order to save the environment. Full text...

  • The world is being ‘swamped’ by harmful plastic waste, says UN chief
    05 june 2018 04:16:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The world must unite to “beat plastic pollution” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for World Environment Day on Tuesday, noting that microplastic particles in the ocean, “now outnumber stars in our galaxy”. Full text...

  • From a small seed, a mighty trunk may grow (Feature by FAO)
    03 june 2018 03:57:38
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Women are the backbone of rural economies, particularly in Africa, but they are much less likely to be involved in the decision-making. Full text...

  • ACP group of states and EU reaffirm common stance on climate change
    01 june 2018 16:31:30
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Representing 107 countries from Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific and the European Union, and committed to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the ACP-EU Council of Ministers on Friday issued a joint declaration in Brussels which reaffirms their commitments to strengthen the global response to the threat of Climate Change from all countries. Full text...

  • UN agencies fight against environmental risks that cause 12.6 million deaths a year
    31 may 2018 19:45:16
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Two United Nations agencies are combining their expertise to counter the growing threat of extreme weather, climate change and air pollution, which cause more than 12.6 million deaths a year, it was announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN rights experts urge Kenya to protect activists testifying in lead pollution case
    30 may 2018 19:17:04
    Mombasa, Kenya (PANA) - Four United Nations human rights experts are calling for greater protection for Kenyan activists who have testified against a local lead-smelting plant accused of environmental pollution. Full text...

  • Rights body hail ban on Chinese mining firm, seeks justice
    30 may 2018 11:00:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International on Wednesday hailed the Mozambican government’s decision to suspend the mining operations of Chinese mining company, Haiyu, following irresponsible practices. Full text...

  • AfDB, Global Green Growth Institute partner to fast-track green growth in Africa
    25 may 2018 19:57:39
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of the Bank's Annual Meetings in Busan, South Korea, to promote programmes, projects, joint studies and research activities to accelerate green growth options for African countries. Full text...

  • Not so fast on fracking, UN agency tells developing countries
    25 may 2018 05:18:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The hydraulic extraction of natural gas, commonly known as fracking, produces cleaner energy than oil and coal, but it is not necessarily in the best interests of the world’s poorest countries, UN development experts said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Additional storm system likely to impact Djibouti after Cyclone Sagar
    24 may 2018 18:54:56
    Djibouti, Djibouti (PANA) - Four days after Cyclone Sagar brought torrential rains on 19-20 May, floodwaters continue to affect several areas of Djibouti City, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Climate and disaster risk financing gets fresh boost from AfDB
    24 may 2018 13:11:52
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - The President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, and the Bank’s Board of Governors on Wednesday held a high-level session on “Climate and Disaster Risk Financing”, focusing on the Role of the African Risk Capacity (ARC) and the Africa Disaster Risk Financing Program (ADRiFi) in Busan, South Korea. Full text...

  • African Ministers discuss innovative financing mechanisms to respond to climate change
    24 may 2018 13:10:49
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - Ministers of Finance, Agriculture and Governors of Central Banks from African countries have called for further innovative financing mechanisms to deal with the impact of climate change, which has led to economic losses from cycles, conflict, insecurity and cross-border political instability in the Sahel region. Full text...

  • Heavy rains bring welcome relief to Cape Town
    24 may 2018 13:02:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Heavy rains are lashing drought-stricken Cape Town which is in danger of running out of water, but reports say the rains are bringing welcome relief for farmers and feeding many of the dams that service the urban areas. Full text...

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