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  • Rwanda: Climate negotiators reach landmark deal in phasing-down Ozone-Depleting Substances (A feature by Aimable Twahirwa, PANA correspondent, Kigali)
    15 october 2016 17:51:39
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The week-long negotiations aimed at the amendment to the legally-binding Montreal Protocol has been the first ever historical deal reached on Saturday in Kigali since this global climate treaty on curbing substances that deplete the ozone layer was adopted in 1987, experts say Full text...

  • Rwanda: Amended Montreal Protocol to be signed on Friday
    14 october 2016 06:15:39
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The ratification of the amended Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the Ozone layer is expected to be signed on Friday on the sidelines of the 28th meeting of Parties to the Montreal Protocol in the presence of the United States Secretary of State John Kerry, PANA has learnt from official sources in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges building disaster resilience to reduce loss of life
    13 october 2016 14:50:47
    New York, US (PANA) - Over the past 20 years, 90 per cent of the 1.35 million people who have died in 7,056 disaster events have come from low- and middle-income countries, according to a new UN report released on Thursday in New York. Full text...

  • Kenya: Environmentalists challenge Kenyan high speed railway project
    12 october 2016 18:42:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan wildlife conservationists have stepped up a campaign against the construction of a new high speed railway because of its routing inside the country's wildlife parks. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Montreal Protocol ministerial meeting to focus on Ozone
    12 october 2016 13:23:48
    KIgali, Rwanda (PANA) - The 28th annual ministerial meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, scheduled to open on Thursday in Kigali, Rwanda, will focus on strategies to halt the growing greenhouse gases in many countries in a move to meet the world’s climate goal, and limit temperature increase to 1.5 degrees, organizers told PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN: Amnesty Int'l urges chemical weapons probe in Sudan's Darfur region
    11 october 2016 14:32:37
    New York, US (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, on Tuesday urged the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is the international body responsible for monitoring the use of chemical weapons, to investigate the alleged chemical weapons attacks in the Jebel Marra area of Sudan's Darfur region. Full text...

  • US: US Secretary of State to attend Kigali meeting on Montreal Protocol
    11 october 2016 05:10:03
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - US Secretary of State John Kerry will be in Kigali, Rwanda, from 13-14 October, to join other high profile personalities striving to achieve climate and environmental goals at the Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Amendment of Montreal Protocol for climate change at crucial moment for Sub-Saharan Africa (News analysis by Aimable Twahirwa, PANA Correspondent in Kigali)
    10 october 2016 14:33:38
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A high-level meeting of climate change experts and senior government officials from 192 countries, signatories to the Montreal Protocol, aimed at a tightening control on climate-change-inducing hydro-fluorocarbons (HFCs) opened Monday in Kigali, Rwanda, unfolding challenges for Parties to phase out ozone-depleting substances especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, say observers. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda to host meeting on Montreal Protocol
    07 october 2016 12:06:50
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A four-day ministerial meeting of signatories to the Montreal Protocol to control climate change-inducing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) opens on Monday in Kigali at the initiative of the Ozone Secretariat of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Full text...

  • Canada: Countries back UN agency's landmark framework to curb aviation emissions
    07 october 2016 06:53:59
    Montreal, Canada (PANA) - Member States of the United Nations civil aviation agency agreed on Thursday on a new emissions standard to control global greenhouse gas emissions from international airline flights. Full text...

  • UN: Paris climate agreement goes into force on 4 November
    06 october 2016 05:53:29
    New York, US (PANA) - The Paris Agreement to address climate change will enter into force on 4 November, the UN said on Wednesday in New York. Full text...

  • Tanzania: CITES world conference in South Africa hailed as 'game changer'
    05 october 2016 18:46:03
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - After two weeks of marathon negotiations in Johannesburg, South Africa, world governments have adopted a suite of groundbreaking decisions on regulating legal, sustainable and traceable trade in wildlife. Full text...

  • Belgium: European Council adopts decision for EU ratification of Paris Agreement
    05 october 2016 08:20:58
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council late on Tuesday adopted the decision on the European Union (EU) ratification of the Paris Agreement which sets the framework for global action on climate change. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Born Free saddened by CITES failure to prevent trade from captive bred lions
    03 october 2016 17:39:54
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - International wildlife charity, Born Free Foundation, stated Monday that CITES has failed to adequately address one of the main threats to African lions in its decision to reach a compromise agreement on controlling the trade in lion parts and products, but failing to deal with trade from captive bred lions. Full text...

  • UN: UN report says climate change impacts more on poor, vulnerable people
    03 october 2016 15:48:49
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN report launched on Monday in New York said evidence is showing that climate change is taking the largest toll on poor and vulnerable people, and these impacts are largely caused by inequalities that increase the risks from climate hazards. Full text...

  • UN: UN says adequate housing is human right
    03 october 2016 13:32:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Monday in New York said adequate housing is a universal human right and should be at the centre of the urban policy, as well as in the physical centre of every city. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges more action to curb greenhouse gas emissions
    30 september 2016 20:13:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) on Friday urged world leaders to take note of the profound implications of record-high carbon dioxide readings in September and appealed for their increased commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Full text...

  • Belgium: EC speeds up process for EU ratification of Paris Agreement
    30 september 2016 17:55:59
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council on Friday agreed to speed up the process of ratification of the Paris Agreement which sets the framework for global action on climate change. Full text...

  • Mauritius: IOC to boost marine and coastal conservation in Indian Ocean
    30 september 2016 11:11:01
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) - The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), through its Biodiversity programme, trained about 30 participants from Seychelles, Mauritius, Kenya and Tanzania in Marine Protected Areas (MPA) laws in the Western Indian Ocean from 26 to 30 September 2016 in Mahé, Seychelles. Full text...

  • US: UN optimistic of Paris climate accord’s entry into force by year’s end
    30 september 2016 05:33:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Senior United Nations officials on Thursday announced that the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change signed by world leaders this past April is closer to entering into force, as India – a country that produces more than four per cent of global emissions – plans to submit its ratification at the end of the week. Full text...

  • UN: WHO report millions of people living with excessive air pollution
    27 september 2016 17:44:14
    New York, US (PANA) - With some 6.5 million people dying annually from air pollution and 92 per cent of the world’s population living in places where levels exceed recommended limits, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday rolled out its most detailed profile of the scourge, in a bid to slash the deadly toll. Full text...

  • UN: UN renews call for global elimination of nuclear weapons
    26 september 2016 18:37:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The world faces growing nuclear dangers and tensions, yet progress in multilateral nuclear disarmament has come to a standstill, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday, reiterating a call for complete global nuclear disarmament as the international community marks the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. Full text...

  • Senegal: Greenpeace Africa gets new Executive Director
    26 september 2016 14:16:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Kenyan born Njeri Kabeberi has been named as the new Executive Director for Greenpeace Africa, the environmental campaign group revealed in a statement on Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan: 3 killed, 15 missing, many injured in Sudan's gold mine collapse
    24 september 2016 15:06:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A gold-mine collapse in Sudan’s northern Shamalia State killed three persons, left 15 others trapped underground, and 25 injured, PANA reports. Full text...

  • UN: 'Climate resilience initiative to accelerate action for sustainable development'
    23 september 2016 22:00:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Partners of a new UN-led platform to mobilize and accelerate action on climate resilience on Friday in New York agreed to move ahead with plans that will help meet the needs of a growing global population that is being impacted by climate change. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Southwest Rwanda shaken by earthquake
    23 september 2016 19:01:08
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - An earthquake measuring 4.8 hit the district of Rusizi in southwest Rwanda on Friday, causing injuries to persons and damage to property, according to local administrative officials. Full text...

  • UN: CTBO chief tasks governments on nuclear ban treaty
    23 september 2016 15:53:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Lassina Zerbo, has called on governments to make concerted efforts in ensuring the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty enter in force as soon as possible. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Flooding in 30 Nigerian States kill 29
    23 september 2016 15:10:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) says 29 persons have been killed in 99 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in 30 states of Nigeria already affected by flood. Full text...

  • Senegal: Fossil fuel expansion has reached the sky’s limit: Report
    23 september 2016 10:53:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The embedded carbon emissions from the oil, gas, and coal in currently operating fields and mines, if they run to the end of their projected lifetimes, will take us just beyond the Paris Agreement’s 2˚C warming limit, and even further from the goal of 1.5˚C, a new study has found. Full text...

  • UN: Swaziland ratifies comprehensive nuclear-test-ban treaty
    22 september 2016 14:55:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Swaziland has ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), becoming the 165th nation to do so, and its instrument of ratification was deposited at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: World leaders call for action on water
    21 september 2016 19:34:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The High Level Panel on Water, consisting of 11 sitting Heads of State and Government and one Special Adviser, on Wednesday in New York issued a Call to Action for a fundamental shift in the way the world looks at water. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief says more countries joining Paris climate accord
    21 september 2016 18:41:00
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 55 countries have formally joined the Paris Agreement on climate change signed by world leaders in April, officially crossing one of the two thresholds required to bring into force the landmark pact for putting the world on a path towards low-carbon growth and a more sustainable future, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian President signs Paris Agreement on Climate Change
    21 september 2016 08:25:16
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has appended his signature to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change during the Treaty Event at the on-going High-Level Segment of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia agree on Grand Renaissance Dam impact study
    20 september 2016 18:54:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - After two years of negotiations, Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia finally on Tuesday signed on two French firms to carry out a study on the economic, social and environmental impact of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam GERD now under construction on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Wildlife charities warn CITES on trading in endangered species
    19 september 2016 10:51:58
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - International wildlife charities, Born Free Foundation and Born Free USA, on Monday issued a stark warning to governments around the world saying “there can be no trade in some of our most critically endangered wildlife – ahead of the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).” Full text...

  • Sudan: Tripartite committee to award GERD's assessment impact study to 2 French firms
    17 september 2016 14:02:11
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt, have agreed to ask two French companies to conduct further studies on the impact of the huge Ethiopian water dam, the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), on the area since Ethiopia started the construction of the dam about two years ago. Full text...

  • Rwanda: African countries set to key into new second generation weather monitoring satellite
    16 september 2016 14:38:59
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Representatives of African meteorological agencies, gathered this week in Kigali, Rwanda, on Friday committed to major reforms in tuning in to signals emitted from a second generation weather satellite, known as "Meteosat 8", in a technological makeover aimed to improve the meteorological services at national and regional levels and improve other initiatives related to weather, climate and environmental monitoring. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges countries to strengthen environmental protection
    16 september 2016 13:54:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Friday called on countries to strengthen climate protection by reducing the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to clean its port waters
    14 september 2016 13:49:22
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius has launched a study on ecological risks of hull cleaning operations in its port waters in a bid to get rid of anti-fouling compounds that persist in water, killing sea life, harming the environment and possibly entering the food chain. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Born Free welcomes IUCN call for ban of domestic ivory trade
    12 september 2016 17:40:52
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - International wildlife charity, Born Free Foundation, has welcomed a motion passed at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Conservation Congress encouraging governments globally to close their domestic markets for elephant ivory as a matter of urgency. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan FM extends condolences to Tanzania over deadly earthquake
    12 september 2016 16:23:49
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Foreign Affairs minister Louise Mushikiwabo has sent a message of condolences to Tanzania following a deadly earthquake in the East African nation country, which has caused a huge loss of property and lives. Full text...

  • UN: UN tasks member states on climate change agreement ratification
    11 september 2016 17:31:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN is urging countries to accelerate efforts to join the Paris Agreement on Climate Change during a special high-level event to be hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 21 September in New York. Full text...

  • Kenya: Tanzania earthquake causes deaths, damage to buildings
    10 september 2016 18:38:13
    Kisumu, Kenya (PANA) - An earthquake measuring 5.7 on Saturday hit Bukoba region in Tanzania killing at least 10 people and injuring about 200. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Tsunami simulation exercise scheduled for the Indian Ocean
    07 september 2016 09:02:00
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A tsunami simulation exercise, named Indian Ocean Wave 2016 ‘IOWave16’, will on Thursday and Friday put Indian Ocean countries into a tsunami warning situation requiring prompt government decisions and interventions, PANA learned from official sources in Port-Louis. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges more action against climate change
    04 september 2016 14:56:25
    New York, US (PANA) - At the G20 summit in the southeastern city of Hangzhou in China, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday welcomed the conference's focus on sustainable development and climate change, urging all countries to take early action on them. Full text...

  • US: US envoy for Climate Change to visit Senegal, Nigeria, South Africa
    04 september 2016 05:35:59
    New York, US (PANA) - US Special Envoy for Climate Change, Dr. Jonathan Pershing, on Sunday begins a five-day mission to Senegal, Nigeria, and South Africa, to hold talks with their leaders on climate change, says a statement from the US State Department. Full text...

  • Zambia: UN climate chief commends China, US for ratifying Paris climate deal
    03 september 2016 15:53:01
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Ratification of the Paris Climate Change Agreement by China and the United States – the world’s top two emitters of greenhouse gases – has brought its rapid entry into force a big step closer, the UN Climate Chief said Saturday. Full text...

  • US: US, China commit to Paris Agreement on Climate Change
    03 september 2016 15:38:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The US and China on Saturday demonstrated their continued, shared commitment to climate leadership when, on the margins of the G-20 Leaders’ Summit in Hangzhou, China, President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping, deposited each country’s official instrument to formally join the Paris Agreement reached last December in Paris, France. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief lauds China, US for formally joining Paris Agreement
    03 september 2016 15:26:37
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday commended US President Barack Obama and China's President Xi Jinping for their countries formally joining the Paris Agreement on climate change. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Africa's elephants in a devastating spiral of decline
    02 september 2016 16:48:00
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - International wildlife charity, Born Free Foundation, has described the transcontinental figures released Thursday on savannah elephants as “profoundly sobering”. Full text...

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