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  • Rio de Janeiro named World Capital of Architecture for 2020
    19 january 2019 07:31:51
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (PANA) - UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Culture, Ernesto Ottone R, Thomas Vonier, President of the International Union of Architects (UIA), and Verena Vicentini Andreatta, Municipal Secretary of the City of Rio for Urbanism, on Friday, 18 January, 2019, announced that the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro will be the World Capital of Architecture for 2020. Full text...

  • Eight dead as rains wreak havoc in Bujumbura
    18 january 2019 21:15:05
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - At least eight people have died as heavy rains lashed Bujumbura from Thursday night wrecking havoc in the city. Full text...

  • Senegal's island residents fight coastal erosion
    17 january 2019 15:07:00
    Ziguinchor, Senegal (PANA) - Residents of Carabane island, located at the estuary of Casamance River in southern Senegal, are struggling to save their land from disappearance as a result of coastal erosion that threatens many islands in Casamance area. Full text...

  • Three ivory traffickers arrested in northern Congo
    17 january 2019 12:52:59
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Three suspected traffickers, including a serviceman from the Congolese Armed Forces, have been arrested in northern Congo, in possession of nine ivory spears weighing about ten kilograms and representing five elephants killed, the public radio announced on Thursday . Full text...

  • MPs urge Benin govt. to borrow 16 billion CFAF to fight coastal erosion
    16 january 2019 19:28:30
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Threatened by coastal erosion, the National Assembly of Benin has authorizes the government to borrow 16,385,284,335 billion CFA francs to enable it fight against coastal erosion in the east of Cotonou, PANA learnt on Wednesday from parliamentary sources in Cotonou. Full text...

  • UAE experts due in Mali to discuss climate change issues
    16 january 2019 18:18:10
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The UAE Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, Dr. Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, has announced that a delegation of Emirati experts will be sent to Mali in the coming days to exchange with Malian authorities on ways and means to face the challenges related to the environment and climate change. Full text...

  • World's first plastic dhow sails to Zanzibar to raise awareness about single-use plastic
    16 january 2019 14:45:51
    Lamu, Kenya (PANA) – A traditional dhow sailing boat made entirely from plastic trash collected from Kenya’s beaches and towns will on 24 January 2019 start its maiden voyage from Lamu in Kenya to Zanzibar Islea in Tanzania – a 500-kilometre expedition stopping at communities along the way to change mindsets about plastic waste. Full text...

  • Panther and lion skins seized in Burkina Faso
    16 january 2019 09:39:02
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Three panther and two lion skins were seized in December in Burkina Faso from two people who were trying to sell them, a communiqué issued by the environment ministry on Tuesday announced. Full text...

  • Mauritius New Merchant Shipping Regulations come into effect 1 Feb
    15 january 2019 19:18:52
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Merchant Shipping Regulations, designed to prevent oil pollution by Oil and Noxious Liquid Substances, comes into force on 1 February, 2019. Full text...

  • Snow, heavy rains cause havoc in Algeria and Tunisia
    12 january 2019 15:15:14
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Heavy snow and rains have caused havoc in Algeria, cutting off several villages and washed away roads in many areas. Full text...

  • Central African Bank willing to host Blue Fund for Congo Basin
    11 january 2019 10:24:37
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Development Bank of Central African States (BDEAC) is willing to host the Blue Fund for the Congo Basin, the governor, Fortunato-Ofa Mbo Nchama, said on Thursday in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Cameroon's Douala International Airport switches to solar energy
    09 january 2019 16:09:24
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - Douala International Airport in Cameroon's largest city and economic capital now operates on solar energy after the installation of 3,840 solar panels over an area of ​​more than 14,000 square metres which produce 1.5 MW, according to Thomas Owona Assoumou, Director General of Airports of Cameroon. Full text...

  • French Development Agency grants Euros one million to community forest project in Benin
    02 january 2019 16:51:40
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The French Development Agency (AFD) will provide Benin one million euros to support the Forest Community of Moyen-Ouémé (CoForMO), as part of its project to strengthen the sustainable management of natural forests, official sources told PANA in Cotonou on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Netherlands gives Mali 650,000 Euro to improve sanitation in Mopti
    02 january 2019 12:20:51
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Netherlands has granted Malian city of Mopti, 460 kms northeast of Bamako, 650,000 Euro (426 million FCFA) to finance a sanitation project of the urban commune, sources at the Malian ministry of Environment and Sanitation told PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Powering Small Developing Island States with 100% renewable energy (An AfDB feature)
    22 december 2018 08:07:36
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - At the 24th United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP24), in Katowice, Poland, the global community fleshed out the rules to govern the Paris Agreement. Rules necessary to ensure the most vulnerable communities are not left alone to deal with the adverse effects in a world in which global warming has risen above 1.5°C. Full text...

  • Environment watchdog hails UK ban on ivory sales
    20 december 2018 17:08:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) on Thursday welcomed the UK Government’s ban of ivory sales, shutting down one of the world’s largest legal domestic ivory markets. Full text...

  • Severe tropical storm approaching Mauritius
    20 december 2018 08:20:23
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritius Meteorological Services on Thursday warned that a severe tropical storm named Cilida is approaching the island from the north-north-east. Full text...

  • EC reaches provisional agreement with European Parliament on single-use plastics
    19 december 2018 10:38:09
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) announced on Wednesday that it is taking action to reduce plastic pollution by setting tough new restrictions on certain single-use plastic products. Full text...

  • Mauritius, EU sign Joint Monitoring Framework on climate actions
    18 december 2018 17:11:05
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Etienne Sinatambou on Tuesday said that climate change is one of the most daunting challenges which humanity is facing and is affecting all aspects of the development agenda, from poverty eradication to healthcare, and from economic growth to disaster risk reduction. Full text...

  • Rights bodies finger military, police for harassing environmental activists
    17 december 2018 13:46:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan police and the military are harassing and intimidating environmental rights activists in Lamu county, Human Rights Watch and the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders-Kenya said in a report released on Monday. Full text...

  • COP24: Countries agree concrete way forward to bring Paris climate deal to life
    16 december 2018 06:50:58
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - Countries have agreed a robust set of guidelines to bring the Paris Climate deal to life, the United Nations said on Saturday night. Full text...

  • Political issues remain major obstacles to successful conclusion of COP24 talks in Katowice
    14 december 2018 19:04:28
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - The UN Climate Change Conference or COP 24 underway in Katowice, Poland, was supposed on Friday, to put the negotiations on track for the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement and the enhancement of the ambition of States by 2020, but inaction of some of States at the negotiating table prompted official delegations present to extend until Saturday to find a solution to this impasse, PANA learned from an authorized source. Full text...

  • Benin holds week of parallel activities with COP24
    13 december 2018 11:14:20
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – Benin is marking the second week of the 24th session of the Conference of Parties (COP24) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with several parallel activities. Full text...

  • Cleaning up the transport sector in African cities (An AfDB feature)
    13 december 2018 06:15:47
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Africa is the continent with the most rapidly-growing urban population, at an estimated annual rate of 3%. The surge in population is paired with rapid urbanisation and increased transportation for which emissions from transportation are growing significantly all across Africa, further driven by urban sprawl, rapid motorization and low levels of institutional capacity to manage traffic and its impact. Full text...

  • Failing to agree climate action would ‘not only be immoral’ but ‘suicidal’, UN chief tells COP24
    12 december 2018 22:36:26
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - With roadblocks continuing at the COP24 climate change conference over how to implement the historic 2015 Paris Agreement, United Nations chief António Guterres returned to Poland on Wednesday, to challenge the more than 100 Government leaders gathered in Katowice to find consensus and “finish the job”. Full text...

  • Mali makes impressive participation at UN Climate Change Conference
    12 december 2018 16:21:04
    Bamako, Mali (NAPA) - Mali, which participates in the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), underway in Katowice, Poland, is one the two French-speaking African countries to present their Investment and Partnership Plan for National Determined Contribution (CDN) to partners, PANA has learnt from an authorized source. Full text...

  • Africa must adopt common position to achieve "climate justice", says Burkinabe Minister
    12 december 2018 15:03:58
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - African countries must adopt a common position to achieve "climate justice", according to the Burkinabé Environment Minister, Nestor Batio Bassière, who was elected vice-president of the African Conference of Ministers of the Environment (AMCEN), effective from January 2019. Full text...

  • IPCC report says women more affected by climate change
    11 december 2018 18:59:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Women are more affected by the harms of climate change, according to a report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presented, Ghana Tuesday in Accra, Ghana at a two-day workshop on enhancing the participation of men and women in the use of climate information and services. Full text...

  • NGO denounces coalition of some African negotiators with climate skeptics
    11 december 2018 16:59:46
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - The Pan-African Alliance for Climate Justice (PACJA) on Tuesday strongly denounced the attitude of some African negotiators at the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland, to align with blocs designated as "climate skeptics" that do not believe in global warming or the impact of human activity on it. Full text...

  • ECA expert says Africa cannot develop without knowledge of climate change issues
    11 december 2018 16:28:47
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Africa cannot develop without the knowledge of climate change issues, according to a natural resources expert with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Mr. Frank Rutabingwa. Full text...

  • Workshop on involvement of women in climate use opens in Ghana
    11 december 2018 15:15:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A workshop on the involvement of women in the use of climate information and services started on Tuesday in Accra, Ghana, with women scientists, academics, practitioners, researchers and opinion leaders from different African countries, as well as men with strong commitment and in-depth knowledge of gender and climate change issues participating. Full text...

  • ‘Going green’ is good business says private sector at UN’s COP24 climate conference
    10 december 2018 19:12:43
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - Businesses across the world should no longer be viewed solely as greenhouse gas emissions culprits, but more as indispensable partners for climate action, who stand to increase profits from “going green”. Full text...

  • Climate change: Mixed assessment of COP 24 talks in Katowice
    10 december 2018 18:11:19
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - At the end of the first week of the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) welcomed the progress made while scientists expressed doubts. Full text...

  • COP24 addresses climate change displacement ahead of crunch migration meeting
    09 december 2018 07:03:05
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - As hundreds of decision-makers gather in Marrakech to agree new standards for global migration, the United Nations climate change conference ‘COP24’ is looking at concrete ways to help countries tackle large-scale displacement caused by the impacts of climate change, including water scarcity, flooding, storms and rising sea levels. Full text...

  • Multilateral Development Banks: Turning the Paris Agreement into reality (An AfDB Feature)
    08 december 2018 09:24:21
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - Financial support is a critical element when it comes to achieving the Full text...

  • COP24: Huge untapped potential in greener construction, says UNEP
    07 december 2018 21:25:01
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - Noting some progress in greening the global construction industry, the United Nations environment agency (UNEP) co-released a report on Friday at the COP24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland, sounding the alarm on the need for “dramatic action” to reduce the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions. Full text...

  • REDD initiative for Africa relaunched on the margins of COP 24
    06 december 2018 17:55:27
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - On the fourth day of COP24 in Poland, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has reiterated its commitment to support African countries in resolutely combating the effects of climate change in Africa through efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, commonly known as REDD. Full text...

  • COP24: Taking fast road to ‘e-mobility’ central to a sustainable future
    06 december 2018 17:12:05
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - As the transportation sector continues to be a major culprit in the global rise in temperatures, the urgent need for clean solutions – in particular, powered by electricity or “e-mobility” – is being highlighted at the two-week United Nations climate change conference ‘COP24’ in Katowice, Poland. Full text...

  • Soil pollution ‘jeopardizing’ life on Earth, UN agency warns
    05 december 2018 22:47:04
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Soil is a “treasure beneath our feet,” essential to human lives and well-being, a senior United Nations official has highlighted, warning, however, that this invaluable resource is under constant threat from the little-understood phenomenon of soil pollution. Full text...

  • Eight giraffes get new abode in Niger
    05 december 2018 16:49:06
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - To safeguard them from the threats of extinction, eight giraffes have been moved to a new habitat, a wildlife reserve in the Gadabedji department, south-central Niger. Full text...

  • Climate change, a vital challenge for Africa's economic growth (By Aimable Twahirwa, PANA Correspondent, Katowice)
    05 december 2018 12:13:38
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - The 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which started last Sunday in Poland, is an unique opportunity for Africa to intensify the adaptation initiatives in the continent-wide development programmes. Full text...

  • UN Assembly President launches new initiative to purge plastics and purify oceans
    05 december 2018 04:58:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN General Assembly launched a new global call to action on Tuesday, to help end the scourge of plastic pollution in the ocean. Full text...

  • COP24 looks to next year’s big UN Climate Change Summit
    04 december 2018 17:42:32
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - With thousands gathered in Katowice, Poland, for the ‘COP24’ meeting to chart the way forward for climate action, United Nations chief António Guterres presented his longer-term vision on Tuesday for the 2019 Climate Change Summit. Full text...

  • Guterres reminds world leaders to focus on points to save the planet
    03 december 2018 17:45:10
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday told over 150 world leaders gathered for climate action that “we are in deep trouble” and asked decision-makers to focus on four key things: stepping up climate action, according to a solid plan, with more funding, as a smart investment in the future of the planet. Full text...

  • Buhari says Nigeria remains committed to saving Lake Chad from extinction
    03 december 2018 15:39:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday in Katowice, Poland, reaffirmed that Nigeria remains committed to saving Lake Chad from extinction as a way of sustaining livelihood to over 40 million people living in the region. Full text...

  • COP24: green, gender-focus, as UN's crucial climate change conference gets underway
    03 december 2018 02:08:45
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - COP24, the two-week 24th conference of the parties of the United Nations Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC), started on Sunday in Katowice, Poland, with a special focus on carbon neutrality and gender equality. Full text...

  • 'Use UN Climate Change talks to slow dangerous rising temperatures', countries urged
    01 december 2018 15:18:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Governments meeting in Katowice, Poland from Monday for the UN Climate Change Conference must seize the opportunity to slow the dangerous trend of rising temperatures,the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) said Saturday. Full text...

  • World simply ‘not on track’ to slow climate change this year: UN weather agency
    29 november 2018 19:36:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The world is heading in the wrong direction to slow climate change after another year of near-record temperatures, the head of the UN’s weather agency said on Thursday. Full text...

  • ‘Global trust’ declining, ‘our world needs stepped-up global leadership’ - UN chief
    28 november 2018 22:32:45
    New York, US (PANA) - On the eve of the G20 international forum in Argentina, and ahead of next week’s COP24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for global leadership to be stepped up, “at a time of declining global trust.” Full text...

  • AU awards Kenyatta for drawing worldwide attention to marine economy benefits
    28 november 2018 17:53:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) has presented an award to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta for successfully hosting the world's first Sustainable Blue Economy Conference, which ended in Nairobi on Wednesday. Full text...

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