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  • Mauritius to wage war against plastic pollution
    06 june 2018 08:34:50
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Acting President Mr Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory has called on the population to join hands to wage war against plastic pollution in a message on Tuesday night at the launch of activities marking World Environment Day 2018. Full text...

  • Rwanda to enforce legislation banning use of plastic bags
    05 june 2018 16:31:30
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Environment minister Vincent Biruta said here Tuesday that he will propose a legislation to enforce the country's ban on plastic shopping bags in order to save the environment. Full text...

  • The world is being ‘swamped’ by harmful plastic waste, says UN chief
    05 june 2018 04:16:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The world must unite to “beat plastic pollution” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for World Environment Day on Tuesday, noting that microplastic particles in the ocean, “now outnumber stars in our galaxy”. Full text...

  • From a small seed, a mighty trunk may grow (Feature by FAO)
    03 june 2018 03:57:38
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Women are the backbone of rural economies, particularly in Africa, but they are much less likely to be involved in the decision-making. Full text...

  • ACP group of states and EU reaffirm common stance on climate change
    01 june 2018 16:31:30
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Representing 107 countries from Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific and the European Union, and committed to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the ACP-EU Council of Ministers on Friday issued a joint declaration in Brussels which reaffirms their commitments to strengthen the global response to the threat of Climate Change from all countries. Full text...

  • UN agencies fight against environmental risks that cause 12.6 million deaths a year
    31 may 2018 19:45:16
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Two United Nations agencies are combining their expertise to counter the growing threat of extreme weather, climate change and air pollution, which cause more than 12.6 million deaths a year, it was announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN rights experts urge Kenya to protect activists testifying in lead pollution case
    30 may 2018 19:17:04
    Mombasa, Kenya (PANA) - Four United Nations human rights experts are calling for greater protection for Kenyan activists who have testified against a local lead-smelting plant accused of environmental pollution. Full text...

  • Rights body hail ban on Chinese mining firm, seeks justice
    30 may 2018 11:00:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International on Wednesday hailed the Mozambican government’s decision to suspend the mining operations of Chinese mining company, Haiyu, following irresponsible practices. Full text...

  • AfDB, Global Green Growth Institute partner to fast-track green growth in Africa
    25 may 2018 19:57:39
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of the Bank's Annual Meetings in Busan, South Korea, to promote programmes, projects, joint studies and research activities to accelerate green growth options for African countries. Full text...

  • Not so fast on fracking, UN agency tells developing countries
    25 may 2018 05:18:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The hydraulic extraction of natural gas, commonly known as fracking, produces cleaner energy than oil and coal, but it is not necessarily in the best interests of the world’s poorest countries, UN development experts said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Additional storm system likely to impact Djibouti after Cyclone Sagar
    24 may 2018 18:54:56
    Djibouti, Djibouti (PANA) - Four days after Cyclone Sagar brought torrential rains on 19-20 May, floodwaters continue to affect several areas of Djibouti City, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Climate and disaster risk financing gets fresh boost from AfDB
    24 may 2018 13:11:52
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - The President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, and the Bank’s Board of Governors on Wednesday held a high-level session on “Climate and Disaster Risk Financing”, focusing on the Role of the African Risk Capacity (ARC) and the Africa Disaster Risk Financing Program (ADRiFi) in Busan, South Korea. Full text...

  • African Ministers discuss innovative financing mechanisms to respond to climate change
    24 may 2018 13:10:49
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - Ministers of Finance, Agriculture and Governors of Central Banks from African countries have called for further innovative financing mechanisms to deal with the impact of climate change, which has led to economic losses from cycles, conflict, insecurity and cross-border political instability in the Sahel region. Full text...

  • Heavy rains bring welcome relief to Cape Town
    24 may 2018 13:02:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Heavy rains are lashing drought-stricken Cape Town which is in danger of running out of water, but reports say the rains are bringing welcome relief for farmers and feeding many of the dams that service the urban areas. Full text...

  • Gov'ts slow to address road freight transport emissions reductions – NGO
    24 may 2018 09:22:09
    Cologne, Germany (PANA) - Despite its significant contribution to global warming, the road freight transport sector is often neglected in government policies, according to the Climate Action Tracker's (CAT), an environmental NGO. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Water and Sanitation Project: Relief for Chitungwiza Residents (An AfDB feature)
    24 may 2018 06:29:14
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - “For every drop of water you waste, you must know that somewhere on earth, someone is desperately looking for a drop of water!”, according to Novelist and thinker Mehmet Murat Ildan, whose warning could be referring to the likes of 39-year-old Mercy Chimusoro of Zengeza 3 Extension D, Chitungwiza, and her family. Full text...

  • Kenyan manufacturers, environment bodies seal waste PET bottles joint management deal
    22 may 2018 15:09:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, and the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) have announced an agreement towards a joint management of PET bottles in the country. Full text...

  • Rich variety of life on earth essential, says UN chief Guterres
    22 may 2018 05:37:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The welfare and prosperity of people now and in the future, depends on a “rich variety of life on earth” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in his message for the International Day for Biological Diversity, which falls on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Horn of Africa reeling after Cyclone Sagar pounding
    21 may 2018 15:12:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Around 20,000 people were affected by flooding in Djibouti, more than 10,000 people were displaced in Somaliland, and homes and fishing boats were destroyed in Puntland after Cyclone Sagar pounded the Horn of Africa, the Norwegian Refugee Council,(NRC), said Monday Full text...

  • Flooding, heavy rains threaten to starve people in East Africa - Report
    18 may 2018 13:46:10
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The heavy downpour over several consecutive weeks in many parts of Kenya, southern Somalia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda are expected to continue for the next week with the risk of flooding, says a new report released Friday by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (Fews Net), one of the leading providers of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Full text...

  • Climate change: An 'existential threat' to humanity, UN chief warns
    16 may 2018 04:13:41
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - None of the world’s challenges loom as large as climate change, the United Nations chief told a major climate action summit on Tuesday, reiterating his belief that global warming poses an “existential threat” to humanity. Full text...

  • ZimFund brings joy to Ruwa residents (An AfDB feature)
    15 may 2018 09:22:21
    Ruwa, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's Ruwa residents, troubled over the years by frequent sewage bursts, heaved a sigh of relief as authorities at the Inlet Works began work at the Chiremba Sewage Pump Station, to rehabilitate the facility under the second phase of ZimFund water and sanitation project. Full text...

  • UNESCO hosts youth conference on how to save the planet
    14 may 2018 05:33:30
    Paris, France (PANA) - Some 70 selected young leaders from over 60 countries have gathered at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, for a conference aimed at promoting Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Full text...

  • Save our planet by protecting migratory birds and their ‘epic journeys,’ urges UN chief
    12 may 2018 09:16:59
    New York, US (PANA) - As they make their global journeys, migratory birds not only set birdwatchers’ binoculars agog, they also help the planet maintain its essential ecological balance. Full text...

  • UNESCO celebrates 1st International Day of Light
    12 may 2018 08:31:16
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO will welcome leading scientists on 16 May, 2018, for the First edition of the International Day of Light, as it celebrates the role light plays in "our" daily lives. Full text...

  • US donates $ 51,000 USD to rain damage relief efforts in Rwanda
    11 may 2018 10:49:48
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The US embassy has donated $51,000 to the Rwandan Government to assist with relief efforts in east and western Rwanda following recent flooding in the region, according to an official statement made available on Friday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Over 270,000 people displaced by floods in Kenya
    09 may 2018 17:07:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - More than 50,680 households, with about 271,000 people, have been displaced by floods across Kenya, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS), and this figure is expected to increase to 280,000 by 14 May, based on projections of continued rainfall in flood-prone areas. Full text...

  • Integrated Urban Development in Africa: Challenges and Lessons (An AfDB feature)
    09 may 2018 13:03:44
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC) will organize an African Regional Workshop on “Integrated Urban Development in Africa: Challenges and Lessons Learnt” on 14-16 May, 2018, in Abidjan, the headquarters of the bank. Full text...

  • Mali seeks to strengthen climate risk and early warning systems
    08 may 2018 19:16:01
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A new initiative to strengthen multi-hazard early warning systems and to boost resilience is underway in Mali, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Full text...

  • Climate change takes a toll in Uganda (UN Environment feature)
    08 may 2018 18:47:42
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Behind Uganda’s lush beauty, climate change is looming large. Dubbed "the Pearl of Africa" for its stunning nature, this verdant East African nation is struggling to deal with the prolonged dry seasons and more intense rainfalls that have become the new normal. Full text...

  • Rwanda offers humanitarian relief to landslide victims
    08 may 2018 16:32:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan government delegation led by Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente on Tuesday expressed solidarity with victims of a massive landslide in western Karongi, where so far 18 bodies recovered and laid to rest. Full text...

  • Death toll from Rwanda's latest landslides reaches 26
    08 may 2018 15:55:35
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Flooding, triggered by heavy rains across Rwanda, has continued to take an economic and human toll in the last two weeks, causing damage to crops and infrastructure and at least 26 fatalities, according to statistics issued on Tuesday by the Ministry of Disaster management and Refugees affairs. Full text...

  • UN forum to coordinate global efforts to address worsening water shortages
    07 may 2018 20:32:15
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - With extreme weather costing hundreds of billions a year and fears that by 2050, one in four people will be living in a country affected by severe water shortages, a global conference got underway on Monday convened by the United Nations meteorological agency to manage the precious resource more sustainably. Full text...

  • UN experts urge Poland to ensure full participation at climate talks
    07 may 2018 16:31:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Poland should ensure free and full participation at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) at the end of the year, UN human rights experts said Monday, citing concerns about a new safety and security law that could hamper civil society’s involvement. Full text...

  • Weather experts say more extreme weather events happening globally
    05 may 2018 08:34:01
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Deadly storms in India and record temperatures in Pakistan are an indication that more extreme weather events are happening globally owing to climate change, United Nations weather experts said on Friday. Full text...

  • Floods displace more than 244,400 people in Kenya
    03 may 2018 17:58:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Floods have displaced at least 244,407 people in 45,219 households across Kenya, including more than 23,000 displaced over the last week, as several parts of the country continue to receive heavy rainfall, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Activities (UNOCHA) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Nations begin drafting ‘operating manual’ for climate action at UN conference
    01 may 2018 04:58:58
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) - The latest round of United Nations climate change negotiations began on Monday in Bonn, Germany, to further develop the “operating manual” for implementing the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, which aims to keep temperature rises this century, well below 2 degrees Celsius. Full text...

  • Summit of Congo Basin climate commission postponed to 29 April
    25 april 2018 11:51:02
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The first summit of heads of State and government from the climate commission of the Congo Basin, which was due to open on 25 April in Brazzaville, has been postponed to 29 April to accommodate the schedules of several personalities expected to attend, Congolese public radio reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • New bond with nature is goal of UN’s Mother Earth Day celebration
    24 april 2018 05:28:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Harmony with Nature – living a better quality of life while minimizing the use of toxic materials and preserving natural resources – was the focus of the International Mother Earth Day celebration on Monday at the United Nations. Full text...

  • Climate Action Special Envoy Bloomberg pledges $4.5 million to help UN fight climate change
    22 april 2018 20:01:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Envoy for Climate Action, Michael Bloomberg, announced on Sunday a contribution of US$ 4.5 million to the organization’s Climate Change Secretariat, the UNFCCC. Full text...

  • Rwandan authorities warn on floods, landslides
    19 april 2018 10:54:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees Affairs on Thursday warned of heavy rains and possible flooding especially in areas with rivers and landslide in the mountainous areas. Full text...

  • Heavy rains leave 41 persons dead in Rwanda
    17 april 2018 12:52:03
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Heavy rains in several parts of Rwanda have left at least 41 persons dead and destroyed about 3,194 homes since mid-March when the rainy season started, authorities revealed Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • UNESCO condemns killing of guards in Virunga National Park
    11 april 2018 06:45:24
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, on Tuesday condemned the deadly attack perpetrated on 9 April against staff of the Virunga National Park in which six guards and their driver died. Full text...

  • UN renewable energy report says world banks on sunshine
    06 april 2018 07:15:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - In 2017, solar energy dominated global investment in new power generation like never before, according to a new United Nations-backed report, which shows a steady move away from fossil fuel-based power production to ‘green’ power sources. Full text...

  • Conservation NGO condemns murder of ranger in eastern DR Congo
    05 april 2018 11:21:35
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Authorities of Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Thursday strongly condemned the murder of a forest ranger by poachers, calling for drastic measures against wildlife criminals. Full text...

  • Climate chaos to continue in 2018, UN chief warns
    29 march 2018 19:02:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Climate change “is still moving much faster than we are,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned on Thursday, calling for the political will, innovation and financing to cut global emissions by at least 25 per cent over the next two years. Full text...

  • Gambian youths protest alleged pollution by Chinese plant
    23 march 2018 09:14:28
    Gambia, Gambia (PANA) - Hundreds of youths from a Gambian coastal fishing town, Gunjur, about 25 kilometres from Banjul, on Thursday protested against a Chinese company that they allege is polluting their environment and the sea. Full text...

  • World cannot take water for granted, say UN officials
    23 march 2018 06:38:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations on Thursday launched a decade for action on water that seeks to forge new partnerships, improve cooperation and strengthen capacity to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • 2017 costliest year ever for extreme weather and climate events, says UN
    22 march 2018 20:20:22
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Hurricanes, monsoon floods and continuing severe drought made 2017 the costliest year ever for severe weather and climate events, according to a new report by the United Nations weather agency launched on the eve of World Meteorological Day. Full text...

  • Second round of African climate talks opens in Addis Ababa
    22 march 2018 17:05:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The second African Climate Talks opened in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Thursday with participants discussing issues of climate governance and Africa’s participation in global climate negotiations, weather and climate information services, among other topics. Full text...

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