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  • Sanitation chain, wastewater treatment focus of World Toilet Day event at UN
    21 november 2017 06:28:12
    New York, USA (PANA) – Even in wealthier countries, where people have access to toilets and faecal material is contained, treatment and final disposal of wastewater can be far from perfect, leading to polluted rivers and coastlines, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a World Toilet Day event on Monday. Full text...

  • UN conference closes with renewed urgency to tackle climate change
    18 november 2017 04:56:41
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) - The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) wrapped up on Friday in Bonn, Germany, with delegations expressing a renewed sense of urgency and a need for greater ambition to tackle climate change. Full text...

  • 'No one safe from global pollution without concerted action' - warns UNEP
    17 november 2017 10:24:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Everyone on earth is affected by pollution, according to a new report issued by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on Thursday in Nairobi. Full text...

  • UN chief urges more ambition, leadership and partnerships on climate action
    15 november 2017 22:22:45
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) – Addressing the United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, on Wednesday, Secretary-General António Guterres called for more ambition, more leadership and more partnerships to tackle climate change. Full text...

  • Improvement in warming outlook as India and China move ahead - NGO
    15 november 2017 12:17:09
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) - While USA climate policy has been rolled back under President Donald Trump, India and China have moved ahead, making significant progress in climate action over the past year, the Climate Action Tracker (CAT), an environmental NGO said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Initiative to increase insurance coverage for climate-related disasters launched at UN conference
    14 november 2017 18:51:02
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) – On the heels of one of the worst – and most costly – Atlantic hurricane seasons on record, a global initiative was launched on Wednesday at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23), in Bonn, Germany, with the aim of providing insurance to hundreds of millions of vulnerable people by 2020 and to increase the resilience of developing countries against the impacts of climate change. Full text...

  • Heavy rains destroy crops in western Rwanda
    14 november 2017 13:57:44
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Torrential rains that have continued to pound several remote regions in Rwanda since last week have destroyed at least 200 heactares of crops in Karongi, a district in western Rwanda. Full text...

  • EU, ACP countries call for 'tangible' progress on Paris Agreement implementation
    14 november 2017 13:24:47
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) - The European Union and 79 countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group, together making up more than half of the signatories to the Paris Agreement on climate change, on Tuesday reaffirmed their shared commitment to the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Full text...

  • Financing for low-carbon, climate-resilient future takes centre stage at UN climate conference
    14 november 2017 07:14:34
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) – The urgent need to raise the funda to meet the funding goals of the Paris Agreement, especially to support action by developing countries, took centre stage Monday at the UN Climate Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany. Full text...

  • UN climate conference recognises the role of women in climate action
    13 november 2017 06:28:15
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) – With the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany, entering its final week of negotiations, the Fiji Presidency has announced the Gender Action Plan, highlighting the role of women in climate action. Full text...

  • New efforts announced at UN climate conference to push for further, faster climate action
    12 november 2017 05:25:58
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) – Cities, the transport sector and ocean advocates have announced a number of new initiatives to push for further, faster climate action, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany. Full text...

  • Accelerate climate action and raise ambition, urges UN chief
    10 november 2017 20:00:22
    New York, US (PANA) – As the impact of climate change worsens around the world, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on the global community to redouble efforts to help countries respond to climate shocks, especially the most vulnerable. Full text...

  • New initiatives in energy, water, agriculture sectors announced at UN Climate Conference
    10 november 2017 19:14:11
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) - New commitments and initiatives in energy, water and agriculture sectors were announced on Friday at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, under the auspices of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action to help implement the Paris Agreement. Full text...

  • Rwanda launches survey to analyse economic benefits of weather information
    02 november 2017 19:14:07
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwanda Meteorology Agency on Thursday launched a household survey for an economic analysis of benefits of weather and climate information. Full text...

  • JICA funds Botswana’s forest monitoring system
    02 november 2017 14:49:04
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) has assisted Botswana develop a national forest monitoring system (NFMS). Full text...

  • Congolese urged to preserve wildlife resources
    02 november 2017 09:36:15
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese minister of Forest Economy, Mrs Rosalie Matondo, on Wednesday urged Congolese forest to preserve wildlife reserves, recognised as catalysts for geo-ecological balances and socio-economic development. Full text...

  • Global shift to clean, affordable energy critical to attaining Global Goals – UN officials
    01 november 2017 22:39:50
    New York, US (PANA) – To tackle the double challenge of energy poverty and climate change – producing clean, affordable energy at a pace that will meet rising demand without environmental detriment – all stakeholders must step up efforts to transform the world’s energy systems for everyone’s benefit, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • 'Rethink ways to govern cities,' UN-Habitat chief urges on World Day
    31 october 2017 20:25:58
    New York, USA (PANA) – Marking World Cities Day, a senior United Nations official on Tuesday spotlighted the need to find innovate ways to govern cities, as more than half of the world's population live in urban areas. Full text...

  • UN sees 'worrying' gap between Paris climate pledges and emissions cuts needed
    31 october 2017 20:22:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Pledges made under the Paris Agreement are only a third of what is required by 2030 to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, pointing to the urgent need to boost efforts by both government and non-government actors, the United Nations environment wing said on on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mild earthquake hits Tunisia
    31 october 2017 16:08:57
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian National Institute of Meteorology announced on Tuesday that a telluric quake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale, hit the country off the governorate from Nabeul, 75km south-east of Tunis. Full text...

  • Level of Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere hits a record high in 800,000 Years - WMO report
    30 october 2017 13:50:47
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere surged in 2016 to its highest level in 800,000 years, according to a report released Monday by the United Nation's World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Full text...

  • Wildlife conservation, sustainable dev't in spotlight at UN-backed conference
    24 october 2017 04:42:26
    Manila, Philippines (PANA) – Unless the international community integrates wildlife conservation with sustainable development, it will not be able to protect the remaining animal species on Earth, the head of a United Nations-backed environmental treaty on Monday said at the opening of a wildlife conference in the Philippines. Full text...

  • Floods leave 22 families homeless in central-southern Rwanda
    18 october 2017 08:18:38
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Heavy rain in several parts of Kamonyi, a district in the central-southern Rwanda, has destroyed several houses leaving at least 22 families homeless. Full text...

  • EU gives €20.2bn to help poor countries cut down greenhouse gas emissions
    17 october 2017 10:19:16
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Contributions from the European Union and its member states to support developing countries in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and coping with the impacts of climate change showed a significant increase in 2016, according to an official statement issued in Brussels onTuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Workshop on clean energy for Southern Africa opens in Mauritius
    12 october 2017 17:16:50
    Balaclava, Mauritius (PANA ) - A two-day sub-regional workshop focusing on cleaner and more energy efficient vehicle strategies for Mauritius and the Southern Africa region opened Thursday in Balaclava, northern Mauritius. Full text...

  • Zambia: 'US withdrawal from Paris Agreement to impact developing nations'
    12 october 2017 11:11:57
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The withdrawal of the United States from Paris Agreement will have massive implications on US support to the financing of climate actions in the developing world, James Murombedzi, Coordinator of the Addis Ababa-based African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has stated. Full text...

  • Zambia: 19 climate action projects to be honoured at UN Climate Conference
    12 october 2017 10:52:42
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Nineteen ground-breaking initiatives from around the world were announced on Thursday as recipients of the United Nations ‘Momentum for Change’ Climate Solutions Award. Full text...

  • US: Cutting greenhouse gases, reducing disaster risk, vital for sustainable dev't – UN envoy
    11 october 2017 21:53:08
    New York, US (PANA) – A new United Nations report has underscored the importance of a “risk-informed” approach to sustainable development and called for integrating global agreements on disaster risk reduction and climate change into national socio-economic planning. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda trains radar engineers
    05 october 2017 08:50:05
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A dozen radar engineers and operators recruited by Rwanda Meteorological Department are undergoing a one-week training to equip them with knowledge and skills on the interpretation and application of the newly introduced Doppler weather radar products and technology in the country. Full text...

  • US: Implement Paris climate accord ‘with greater ambition’ - Guterres
    04 october 2017 22:38:27
    New York, US (PANA) – Pointing to scientific evidence warning of increased extreme weather events, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, ahead of a trip to the storm-ravaged Caribbean, urged all countries to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change “with greater ambition”. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Popular mountain gorilla dies in Rwanda
    29 september 2017 15:50:45
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Vuba, a famous mountain gorilla in Rwanda, which was of the "silverback" family, has died, according to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. Full text...

  • US: Major new UN report sets course towards ‘pollution-free planet’
    28 september 2017 22:28:17
    New York, US (PANA) – While pollution has considerably negative impacts on human health and ecosystems, it is controllable and avoidable through political leadership, high-level champions and commitments, as well with local level action, says a new report launched on Thursday by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Full text...

  • Kenya: Over 600,000 displaced by floods in Greater Horn of Africa in 2016 - Report
    27 september 2017 09:37:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Sudden onset natural hazards, primarily floods, caused more than 600,000 new displacements in 2016 in the Greater Horn of Africa, according a report launched on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Uganda: AfDB provides US$218 million to bolster water services in Uganda
    26 september 2017 18:05:09
    Kampala, Uganda, (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has offered US$218 million to finance essential water services initiatives in Uganda, the bank’s top official in the East African region said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Global warming brews trouble in coffee homeland Ethiopia
    26 september 2017 14:41:50
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Ethiopia is likely to lose half of its coffee growing area due to global warming, according to a groundbreaking new study published Tuesday by Nature Plants, an exclusively online scientific journal. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Gov't provides relief to communities affected by heavy rains in Southern Rwanda
    25 september 2017 14:29:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs on Monday said it is responding to the needs of people affected by high winds and heavy rains that destroyed 119 homes in Huye, a district in Southern Rwanda. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Heavy rains leave hundreds homeless, destroy properties in Southern Rwanda
    25 september 2017 13:43:45
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Torrential rains and strong winds have destroyed 119 houses in Huye, a district located in Southern Rwanda, leaving hundred of residents homeless, a senior administrative official in the region confirmed on Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Natural disasters wreak havoc in Rwanda in September
    24 september 2017 16:44:02
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Natural disasters have wreaked havoc in Rwanda this month, killing 5 people, destroying about 1,000 houses and 892 hectares of crops, according to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees Affairs. Full text...

  • 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...

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