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  • Benin delegation on environmental conservation study tour in Rwanda
    16 november 2018 18:26:44
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A high-level delegation from Benin, led by Environment minister Francois-Corneille Kedowide, is on a study tour in Rwanda to learn from the East African country's experience on environment protection, said an official statement issued here on Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa, EU commit to ensure success of UN Summit on climate change
    15 november 2018 19:20:23
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Presidents of the European Union and South Africa on Thursday expressed their joint commitment to ensuring a successful outcome for the forthcoming UN Summit on climate change, which will take place from 3-14 December 2018 in Katowice city in southern Poland. Full text...

  • Rwanda to host international forum on Green Growth in Africa
    14 november 2018 16:45:53
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda will host the first Africa Green Growth Forum, bringing together over 1,000 participants, including policymakers and financial specialists from across the continent to share experience in green growth and climate resilient development from 26-30 November this year, it was officially announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Help build vulnerable island states’ resilience to extreme weather, urges senior UN official
    14 november 2018 02:09:48
    New York, US (PANA) - With Small Island Developing States (SIDS) bearing the brunt of economic losses from climate change, making them more resilient to extreme weather events must be a priority, said Inga Rhonda King, President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), speaking at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Building climate resilience and peace, go hand in hand for Africa’s Sahel – UN forum
    14 november 2018 02:02:38
    New York, US (PANA) - To build a sustainable peace in Africa’s Sahel region, “urgent attention” is needed to mitigate the effects of climate change, and ensure that communities have access to sufficient opportunities, a joint meeting between the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Peacebuilding Commission highlighted on Tuesday. Full text...

  • African Financial Alliance on Climate Change unveils guiding principles
    12 november 2018 14:37:32
    Johannesburge, South Africa (PANA) - The African Financial Alliance on Climate Change (AFAC) unveiled its guiding principles at the recently-concluded Africa Investment Forum (AIF) in South Africa. Full text...

  • The Netherlands initiate project to mitigate climate change in Mali
    12 november 2018 13:11:52
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Netherlands, through the Dutch development organization (SNW), has established a project to help farmers and pastoralists in Mali face climate change and insecurity, reliable sources told PANA. Full text...

  • UN chief appoints Luis Alfonso de Alba as Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit
    12 november 2018 00:32:58
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed of Luis Alfonso de Alba of Mexico as his Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit. Full text...

  • Mauritius temperature to reach above normal in 2018/2019 - Report
    10 november 2018 10:22:56
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritius Meteorological Services (MMS), in its annual summer outlook report, has predicted that temperatures in the Island will be slightly above normal during the summer of 2018-2019. Full text...

  • Every bite of burger boosts harmful greenhouse gases: UNEP
    09 november 2018 04:50:00
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Even though meat production is known to be a major contributor to climate change and environmental destruction, worldwide demand for meat continues to rise, said UN environment agency, UNEP, in a statement released on Thursday. Full text...

  • AfDB invests US$500m in New City Wide Inclusive Sanitation projects
    07 november 2018 15:08:01
    Beijing, China (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced a new initiative to promote innovation and citywide inclusive sanitation services for sub-Saharan Africa’s urban inhabitants. Full text...

  • AfDB funds Morocco's secure drinking water project
    07 november 2018 14:04:26
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) says its Board of Directors has approved a 117-million-euro loan to finance a Project to ensure the sustainability and security of access to drinking water in Morocco. Full text...

  • Chinese trade in rhino horns endangers wildlife species, says Kenya govt
    07 november 2018 12:08:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan government has called a move by the Chinese authorities to authorise trade in rhino horns and tiger bones as "dishonest" and a move likely to accelerate the disappearance of the endangered species. Full text...

  • Healing of ozone layer gives hope for climate action: UN report
    06 november 2018 05:54:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The findings of a new UN-backed report, released on Monday, showing the ongoing healing of the ozone layer, are being hailed as a demonstration of what global agreements can achieve, and an inspiration for more ambitious climate action to halt a catastrophic rise in world temperatures. Full text...

  • Scientists see positive recovery in ozone-layer cushioning earth from sun rays
    05 november 2018 19:16:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Ozone layer, which protects the earth from harmful infra-red rays from the sun, is healing drastically and on the path to full recovery, a fresh scientific assessment revealed Monday. Full text...

  • Fighting ‘existential crisis’ of encroaching desert sands
    02 november 2018 00:36:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - In a move described as a landmark decision, the Group of Earth Observations (GEO) – a UN-backed partnership set up to improve Earth observation data-sharing and availability, to benefit all life – has launched a global initiative to reverse the “existential crisis” created by desertification and land degradation. Full text...

  • Plastic-busting fungi may help tackle pollution, climate change: UN Environment
    01 november 2018 05:04:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - When it comes to helping green our world, organic mushrooms from the local market may be just the tip of the iceberg. A new United Nations-backed report reveals that fungi could help ween the world off its plastic addiction, by degrading polyurethane in just a matter of weeks. Full text...

  • Radcliffe joins UN Clean Air campaign
    31 october 2018 11:57:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - World marathon record-holder Paula Radcliffe has joined fellow IAAF Ambassador Haile Gebrselassie as a UN Environment Advocate for Clean Air and will campaign against air pollution worldwide. Full text...

  • Group calls for more transparency in management of forest resources in Congo Basin
    31 october 2018 11:52:47
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Experts from the private and public sectors and civil society organisations from member countries of the Congo Basin are meeting in Brazzaville to demand more transparency in the management of forest resources. Full text...

  • AfDB rolls out programme to boost climate risk financing and insurance for African countries
    30 october 2018 15:20:46
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved the Africa Disaster Risks Financing (ADRiFi) Programme, the institution’s first climate risk management programme, to boost resilience and response to climate shocks in regional member countries. Full text...

  • Seychelles launches bond to support sustainable marine and fisheries projects
    30 october 2018 09:47:54
    Washington, US (PANA) - Seychelles has launched the world's first sovereign blue bond, a pioneering financial instrument designed to support sustainable marine and fisheries projects, according to the World Bank. Full text...

  • World Wildlife Fund warns staggering extent of human impact on planet
    30 october 2018 09:08:53
    Washington, DC., US (PANA) - World Wildlife Fund (WWF), a conservationist body, is warning that human activity is pushing the planet’s natural systems that support life on earth to the edge and called for action to protect and restore global biodiversity and nature. Full text...

  • Buhari receives AU Commission chairman, task the world on recharging Lake Chad
    26 october 2018 18:34:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday received visiting Chairman of the African Union Commission, Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, saying that the greatest investment Europe and America can make in Africa now is to help the continent accomplish inter-basin water transfer to recharge the Lake Chad. Full text...

  • UN-led effort helps developing nations improve forest monitoring to counter climate change
    19 october 2018 10:37:13
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A UN programme that is helping developing countries cut greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation has scored a number of successes by boosting their forest monitoring capacities, a new assessment says. Full text...

  • 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...

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