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  • UN: UNEP urges efforts to eliminate microplastics to save world's seas, oceans
    23 february 2017 20:36:09
    New York, US (PANA) - Launching an unprecedented global campaign, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on Thursday urged everyone to eliminate the use of microplastics and stop the excessive, wasteful use of single-use plastic, to save the world’s seas and oceans from irreversible damage before it’s too late. Full text...

  • Botswana: 184 households hit by floods in Botswana
    23 february 2017 18:19:19
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) has reported over 180 households affected by floods caused by heavy rains recorded across the country this week. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa gears for severe weather warning
    17 february 2017 13:43:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa is bracing up for a tropical cyclone that has left seven people dead and destroyed thousands of homes in Mozambique. The storm is currently working its way across the north of South Africa and Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • US: UN kicks off preparations for upcoming summit on oceans
    16 february 2017 07:02:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The world dumps the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute, the United Nations heard on Wednesday at the start of a two-day meeting to prepare for this June's Ocean Conference that will aim to help safeguard the planet's oceans and help them recover from human-induced problems. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Juba launches UNEP-supported action plan on climate change
    15 february 2017 17:42:01
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - South Sudan on Wednesday launched its National Adaption Programme of Action (NAPA) for climate change as part of the government’s global obligation to take action for lessening effects of climate change. Full text...

  • Botswana: Met issues 2nd floods warning in Botswana
    15 february 2017 15:13:07
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s meteorological services department on Wednesday warned that a tropical cyclone, expected to hit the south-eastern coast of Southern Africa, will cause flooding in the country. Full text...

  • Botswana: Miners in Botswana adopt Canadian mining standard
    14 february 2017 18:00:18
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana Chamber of Mines (BCM) has adopted the sustainability mining standard developed by the Mining Association of Canada to improve environmental and social practices in the mining industry. Full text...

  • Zambia: Africa, Asia require urgent support for carbon markets growth, mitigation action
    09 february 2017 17:31:31
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has revealed that countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean urgently need financial support to green their power sectors and implement their national climate action plans under the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Full text...

  • Botswana: Met issues floods alert in Botswana
    08 february 2017 12:58:18
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s meteorological services has issued a floods alert, saying the country’s Gantsi district in the western part bordering Namibia could be affected. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana suspends research, film and photography permits
    01 february 2017 08:56:49
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has suspended issuing of environmental research, filming and photography permits. Full text...

  • Zambia: UNFCCC calls for submission of climate change projects
    30 january 2017 17:16:28
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The United Nations Climate Change secretariat (UNFCCC) has called for applications for the 2017 Momentum for Change Awards to showcase action and ambition as national governments work toward implementing the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN urges support for drought-hit Ethiopia
    30 january 2017 09:33:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Commending the Ethiopian Government and humanitarian partners on the response to last year's El Niño drought that left 10.2 million people needing food assistance, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and UN aid chief Stephen O'Brien have said the international community must show “total solidarity” with country as it faces a new drought. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Forecasters predict mild rain after rain storm killed 3
    23 january 2017 14:30:47
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Weather experts say although more rains are expected in the coming weeks, they will not be as destructive as the ones that accounted for the death of at least three persons over the weekend in many suburbs of Kigali and its outskirts. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges partnerships to curb climate change, poverty
    20 january 2017 15:30:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for a new generation of partnerships with the business community to limit the impact of climate change and to reduce poverty. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WMO confirms 2016 as 'hottest year on record'
    18 january 2017 18:25:10
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The year 2016 has been confirmed as the hottest year on record, surpassing the exceptionally high temperatures of 2015, according to a consolidated analysis by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Full text...

  • US: US announces additional funding for Green Climate Fund
    17 january 2017 20:42:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Tuesday announced an additional US$500 million grant to support the Green Climate Fund (GCF), which is the world’s largest multilateral finance institution dedicated to advancing low-emission, climate-resilient development. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda to start oil exploration in Lake Kivu deep waters
    17 january 2017 15:01:20
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan authorities are planning to build an oil rig in the middle of Lake Kivu by mid-2017, after seeing signs that there is oil in the lake that stretches across the western region of the country on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an official source confirmed Tuesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tropics’ biggest peatland at risk from climate change, study finds
    11 january 2017 13:23:25
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Expanses of peatland that have a significant role in the African environment are vulnerable to climate change and should be protected, a recent research suggests. Full text...

  • UN: UNEP report says climate change will lead to annual coral bleaching
    05 january 2017 17:18:48
    New York, US (PANA) - If current trends continue and the world fails to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, nearly all of the world's coral reefs will suffer severe bleaching, which is the gravest threat to one of the Earth's most important ecosystems on annual basis, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Heavy rains forecast over Christmas in Botswana
    23 december 2016 06:25:40
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s Department of Meteorological Services is forecasting heavy rains with possibility of flooding in Botswana over the Christmas holidays. Full text...

  • UN: 'Nigeria’s megacity, Lagos faces water, sanitation crisis'
    22 december 2016 21:14:28
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation, Mr. Leo Heller, on Thursday called on the Nigerian government to increase funding for water and sanitation in next year’s budget to address the needs of 21 million residents of Lagos, the country’s largest commercial city, which continues to grow while access to basic services dwindles. Full text...

  • Mexico: Gov'ts make strong commitments to biodiversity at UN conference
    20 december 2016 06:59:59
    Cancun, Mexico (PANA) – Countries attending the United Nations Biodiversity Conference in Mexico have reached agreements on actions to integrate biodiversity in forestry, fisheries, agriculture, and tourism sectors and to achieve the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: AfDB to manage Africa Renewable Energy Initiative resources
    17 december 2016 08:18:21
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has endorsed a proposal by the Bank’s management to serve as Trustee to administer and manage the resources of Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), and also to host the AREI Independent Delivery Unit as requested by African Heads of State and Government. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Partners join forces to improve wastewater management, sanitation in Africa
    17 december 2016 08:09:56
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) and partner UN Environment and GRID-Arendal have launched a new project designed to improve wastewater management and sanitation provision in Africa. Full text...

  • Belgium: EC moves to enhance protection against mercury pollution
    16 december 2016 10:59:29
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council's Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) on Friday agreed that mercury pollution needs to be tackled at the international level as a high toxic substance. Full text...

  • UN: UNEP says more than 5 per cent of world’s oceans now protected
    14 december 2016 18:49:21
    New York, US (PANA) - Since April, an unprecedented 3.6 million square kilometres of oceans have been designated as marine protected areas (MPAs), meaning for the first time, more than 5 per cent of the world’s oceans are now protected, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN report links environmental crimes with corruption, other illegal activities
    09 december 2016 18:29:38
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report jontly produced by the international police organization (INTERPOL) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) links environmental crimes with other serious illegal activity, including corruption, counterfeiting, drug trafficking, cybercrime, and financial crimes as well as with terrorist organizations and non-State armed groups. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt. intensifies enforcement action against use of plastic bags
    09 december 2016 08:15:18
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Environment Ministry has intensified its aggressive enforcement actions against people who are not abiding by the Banning of Plastics Bags Regulations, PANA learnt Friday from official sources. Full text...

  • Mexico: Countries must protect environment defenders - UN rights expert
    09 december 2016 05:50:59
    Cancun, Mexico (PANA) - Governments must abide by the existing laws that protect indigenous and local communities who are stewards of key natural resources from which all humankind benefits, a United Nations human rights expert told the UN Conference on Biological Diversity on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'Kenya yet to meet UN minimum forest cover recommendations'
    07 december 2016 11:52:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyans should redouble their efforts to increase the country's forest cover which stands at 6.7 per cent, as against the United Nations recommended minimum of 10 percent, a Lotto National Lottery official Peter Ngeno has said. Full text...

  • Mexico: Countries urged to prioritise protection of pollinators for food security
    07 december 2016 08:33:08
    Cancun, Mexico (PANA) - Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are increasingly under threat from human activities and countries must transform their agricultural practices to ensure global crop production can meet demand and avoid substantial economic losses, the United Nations Conference on Biological Diversity heard on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: New UN report finds marine debris harming more than 800 species
    06 december 2016 18:02:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Marine debris is negatively affecting more than 800 animal species and causing serious losses to many countries' economies, a UN report said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'In banning Europe’s ‘dirty’ fuels, West African countries put people's health first'
    06 december 2016 13:36:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Five West African nations have banned what they called "dirty" European fuels (exported fuels with higher sulphur levels), in response to concerns over vehicle emissions and in an effort to bring safer, cleaner air to more than 250 million people, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced here Monday. Full text...

  • Mexico: 190 countries agree to ramp up efforts to protect world's biodiversity
    05 december 2016 14:00:46
    Cancun, Mexico (PANA) - At a major United Nations conference in Mexico, More than 190 countries have pledged to step up efforts to integrate biodiversity into the policies of their forests, fisheries, tourism and agriculture sectors. Full text...

  • US: Experts warn that efforts to halt biodiversity loss are lagging
    02 december 2016 05:42:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Time is running out to stop the global decline in biodiversity and protect ecosystems that are essential for the livelihoods and well-being of billions of people, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity has warned, as more than 190 countries prepare to meet on this issue in Cancun, Mexico. Full text...

  • UN: UN launches new strategy to protect environment in peace operations
    30 november 2016 15:48:41
    New York, US (PANA) - In order to enhance environmental protection and management in the work of peacekeeping missions, the UN Department of Field Support (DFS) on Wednesday launched a new strategy to maximize its peace operations' efficiency in the use of natural resources, and to minimize their risk to people, societies and ecosystems. Full text...

  • UN: UN expert says outer space is driver for disaster risk management
    23 november 2016 15:17:26
    New York, US (PANA) - Space applications related to telecommunications and global navigation can play a vital role in supporting disaster risk reduction, response and recovery efforts, the Chief of the UN’s Space Applications Section, Mr. Luc St-Pierre, said at the UN forum on space under way in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Full text...

  • Botswana: Indigenous plants to steer conservation efforts in Botswana
    23 november 2016 11:04:35
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has embarked on a campaign to promote the importance of indigenous plants in the conservation of the environment. Full text...

  • UN: Ban says water resources source for cooperation, not conflict
    22 november 2016 19:09:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Noting that three quarters of UN member states share rivers or lake basins with their neighbours, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday highlighted the value of water resources as a reason for cooperation, not conflict. Full text...

  • Morocco: Rich countries turn blind eye to needs of climate-vulnerable countries - Oxfam
    19 november 2016 08:00:37
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - Although the United Nations’ climate conference in Marrakech made it clear that the Paris Agreement is here to stay, it did little to fix the Agreement’s biggest flaws that leave poor and climate-vulnerable countries in danger, according to global development organisation Oxfam. Full text...

  • Morocco: UN conference pledges to press ahead with implementation of Paris Agreement
    19 november 2016 06:52:20
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - Countries which gathered at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 22) in the Moroccan city of Marrakech on Friday pledged to move forward on the implementation of the Paris Agreement, which entered into force two weeks ago. Full text...

  • UN: Climate-vulnerable countries pledge robust action on Paris accord
    18 november 2016 18:12:03
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 45 of the world’s countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change on Friday at 22nd Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech, Morocco, pledged to pursue robust action towards implementation of the Paris Agreement. Full text...

  • UN: 'Great Green Wall' initiative to combat climate change in Africa
    17 november 2016 19:19:28
    New York, US (PANA) - At the UN Climate Conference (COP 22) under way in Marrakech, Morocco, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) participated in the launch of a ground breaking map of restoration opportunities to combat climate change in Africa, an area being called the "Great Green Wall". Full text...

  • UN: UN tasks international community on Paris climate pact
    17 november 2016 18:28:06
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged everyone, including the private sector, cities and civil society, to get involved in the implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Full text...

  • Rwanda: African civil society slams Trump over comments on global warming
    17 november 2016 13:44:27
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - African civil society groups at the just-concluded 22nd Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP 22) in Marrakech, Morocco, have called on US president elect, Donald Trump, to issue a statement denouncing his twitter comment about global warming, saying his failure to do this will force them to join other movements campaigning for the reversal of his election. Full text...

  • Morocco: UN chief urges rapid scale-up in funding to address climate change
    17 november 2016 06:33:10
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) – At the United Nations Climate Conference, known as COP 22, in Marrakech, Morocco, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged greater efforts to mobilize funding to address climate change, especially to support developing countries. Full text...

  • UN: Mideast, North Africa region taking action to combat climate change
    16 november 2016 17:33:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Aware of their vulnerabilities to the impacts of climate change, countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have begun taking action to confront the phenomenon, a UN statement said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: US submits first long-term climate strategy
    16 november 2016 15:31:42
    New York, US (PANA) - As the Paris Agreement on Climate Change entered into force on 4 November 2016, the first long-term strategy has been submitted by the US, presenting a pathway for emissions reductions of 80 percent or more below 2005 levels by 2050. Full text...

  • UN: UN seeks to build climate resilience through new initiative
    16 november 2016 15:00:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN is working towards building climate resilience through the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s resilience initiative, called A2R (Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape), which was launched a year ago. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Carcass of killed lioness found in Rwanda game reserve
    16 november 2016 12:01:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The carcass of one of the seven lions imported from South Africa in July last year into the Wildlife Reserve of Akagera national park in the Eastern Rwanda, has been recovered in the forest, Rwandan National Parks authorities confirmed on Wednesday in a statement. Full text...

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