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  • World's slum dwellers vow to make selves heard, respected
    01 may 2012 14:15:17
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Organisations of the ‘illegal’ urban poor in Africa, Asia and Latin America have made themselves matter to city governments by mapping and documenting their informal settlements and the people and businesses in them, according to the new issue of the journal, Environment and Urbanization, published Tuesday by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Full text...

  • EU supports fight against climate change in Africa
    30 april 2012 10:28:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has granted ClimDev Africa Initiative 8 million euros to support Africa’s response to the challenges posed by climate change and the development of African policy capacity, Full text...

  • UN officials call for more attention to global environment issues
    22 april 2012 07:51:59
    New York, US (PANA) - As the world marks International Mother Earth Day on Sunday, senior UN officials have called for greater attention to global issues affecting the planet to ensure sustainable growth and development. Full text...

  • Water, sanitation pledges to deliver life-saving services to 85 millions in Africa
    21 april 2012 13:02:47
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) -- International development agency, WaterAid, on Saturday welcomed pledges from African ministers that if delivered would provide 85.4 million Africans with access to essential life-saving services across the continent. Full text...

  • UN disaster reduction office launches initiative to help cities
    19 april 2012 10:22:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has launched a new initiative to help cities across the world manage risks, following the worst year on record for economic losses caused by disasters. Full text...

  • Namibia, 5 other countries bidding to host Green Climate Fund
    17 april 2012 10:02:47
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Namibia is among the six countries that have expressed interest in hosting the Green Climate Fund, according to a statement issued by the Bonn-Based UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat. Full text...

  • 4,000 CDM projects registered to reduce greenhouse gas emission
    13 april 2012 19:59:17
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the international market-based tool that gives incentives to projects in developing countries that lead of reduction in greenhouse gas emission, has registered its 4,000th project. Full text...

  • Lake Victoria Basin Commission plans 'more tangible' investments
    13 april 2012 16:25:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Lake Victoria Basin Commission Executive Secretary Canisius Kanangire has said plans are underway to implement more projects to improve lake transportation, which has been affected by a dangerous weed, the hyacinth. Full text...

  • Kenyan evacuates beaches after tsunami warning
    11 april 2012 17:29:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan authorities have ordered the evacuation of all beaches and urged fishermen to keep off the shores of the Indian Ocean, after a fresh earthquake hit Indonesia, causing authorities to anticipate a three-metre sea rise along the Kenyan coast. Full text...

  • 'Africa, Asia to lead urban population growth in next 40 years'
    06 april 2012 08:03:15
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN report on Thursday said Africa and Asia together would account for 86 per cent of all growth in the world’s urban population over the next four decades. Full text...

  • UN climate chief urges negotiations on future climate treaty
    02 april 2012 16:55:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UN’s top climate change official on Monday called on African environment ministers to engage in negotiating the final texts to form the basis of the upcoming climate talks in Doha, the United Arab Emirates. Full text...

  • UN observes 2012 ''Earth Hour''
    01 april 2012 07:21:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Saturday night turned off the lights for one hour at its headquarters in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of ''Earth Hour'', an annual global event that seeks to raise awareness on the need to take action on climate change. Full text...

  • UN to mark "Earth Hour" to support sustainability
    30 march 2012 19:52:02
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN will observe “Earth Hour” on Saturday by turning off the lights for one hour at its headquarters in New York and other facilities around the world. Full text...

  • Tunisia to build 2,000 megawatts solar power station
    28 march 2012 21:12:19
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - British investors have proposed the construction of a 2,000- megawatt solar power station in Rjim Maaatoug in sSouthwest Tunisia which will be directly connected to the European electric grid. Full text...

  • Lagosians warned against prolonged rainy season
    28 march 2012 11:13:53
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - In a declaration that will surely send cold shivers down the spine of residents of Nigeria's most-populous city of Lagos, the state government has asked them to expect 236 days of rainfall during this year's rainy reason. Full text...

  • Central African regional workshop on Wildlife holds April
    28 march 2012 09:52:45
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The U.S. Embassies of Gabon and the Central African Republic (CAR) will hold a workshop 3-5 April in Libreville, Gabon, in response to the growing threat of poaching and trafficking of protected and endangered species, the US State Department said in a statement made available to PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rio+20: UN forum tasks nations on sustainable development
    24 march 2012 11:14:10
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN-backed conference in Istanbul, Turkey, has said that the international community must ``reset the global development agenda and strengthen its commitment to sustainable development''. Full text...

  • Africa urged to play critical role in climate change negotiations
    24 march 2012 11:08:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Africa has been urged to play an enhanced role in further negotiations on climate change to aid quick consensus building on a number of issues that still needs to be resolved following the Durban Climate Conference last December. Full text...

  • EU to finance Mauritania's water project with 11.5 million euros
    22 march 2012 18:51:49
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The European Union (EU) is to finance Mauritania's water project with 11.1 million euros, a communiqué of the European diplomatic representation here indicated Thursday on the occasion of the celebration of the World Water Day (WWD). Full text...

  • Sudan celebrates World Water Day
    22 march 2012 14:13:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A recent survey in Sudan has revealed that six million people in that country still have no access to "improved sources of drinking water" while 23 million others do not have access to "improved sanitation", according to a press release issued here on the occasion of the World Water Day. Full text...

  • Environment ministers of Portuguese-speaking countries meet in Angola
    21 march 2012 12:44:47
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The meeting of the Environment Ministers of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) opened in Angola's capital, Luanda, Wednesday. Full text...

  • WB says ‘dirty money’ in illegal logging can be tracked, confiscated
    21 march 2012 07:06:06
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Every two seconds, an area of forest the size of a football field is clear-cut by illegal loggers around the globe, though countries can effectively fight illegal logging through the criminal justice system, punish organised crime, and trace and confiscate illegal logging profits, according to a new World Bank report released Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gambia, ADF seal US$8m deal on water, sanitation project
    19 march 2012 17:17:22
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Development Fund (ADF) and the Gambia have sealed a US$ 8 million grant towards financing a project on rural water and sanitation facility, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • Rio 20: New proposals for negotiations underway in New York
    19 march 2012 15:31:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN said that negotiations on the outcome document for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, known as ``Rio 20'', resumed on Monday in New York, with countries advancing many new proposals that will shape the direction of how the world will move the sustainable development agenda forward. Full text...

  • Nigeria's main opposition party wants oil firms punished for pollution
    18 march 2012 14:32:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has sharply criticized the federal government for allegedly treating oil companies operating in the country with 'kid gloves', even when their oil exploration activities pollute the communities in the country's Niger Delta oil region. Full text...

  • UNDP fosters partnership to tackle water, sanitation challenges
    17 march 2012 09:47:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has facilitated the formation of a global platform to unite local actors to solve water and sanitation challenges, including encouraging water authorities in developed countries to support the improvement of services in poorer regions through donations. Full text...

  • AfDB receives pledges to boost rural water supply in Africa
    16 march 2012 18:57:21
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Chad, the Republic of Congo and France have pledge some 45 million euros to support the African Development Bank’s Rural Water and Sanitation Initiative and the African Water Facility, the Bank said in a statement Friday. Full text...

  • Dakar to host global meeting on environment
    14 march 2012 12:00:51
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The 3rd Meeting of the Global Greens-environmentalists will be held 27 March-1 April in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, The Federation of African Greens (FEVA) said in a statement received by PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Greenpeace 'stops' EU fishing trawler in Mauritanian waters
    12 march 2012 22:54:58
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Activists of the environmental NGO, Greenpeace, last Friday stopped the fishing activities of an EU trawler "Maartje Théodora" in Mauritanian waters for overfishing, a communiqué issued by the organization on Monday said. Full text...

  • Rio 20: UN calls for increased action towards sustainability
    12 march 2012 14:55:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The 100-day countdown to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, known as ``Rio 20'', began on Monday with calls for a sharp increase in the level of ambition by governments, businesses and the civil society to reach an outcome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that will effectively accelerate the move towards more sustainable solutions to many of the world’s most pressing problems. Full text...

  • Angola's humid zones facing destruction - Official
    05 march 2012 13:53:32
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The indiscriminate and irrational use of the humid zones across Angola has led to degradation of the soil, destruction of mangroves, particularly along the Chiloango river, in northern Cabinda province, according to the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP) which quoted an official of the Ministry of Environment, Nascimento António. Full text...

  • Greenpeace urges SA govt to be open, transparent about nuclear power project
    05 march 2012 09:38:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Greenpeace Africa has called on the South African government to be open and transparent about its nuclear power project and to engage with citizens on the country’s nuclear future. Full text...

  • Drought to persist, flooding possible in Eastern Africa
    02 march 2012 18:51:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A new weather focus for the larger Eastern Africa region has warned that drought is likely to persist this year and that three countries in the region will experience flooding between March and May, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • Africa prepares for 1st Wangari Maathai Day celebrations
    01 march 2012 16:57:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Thursday called for the mobilization of all efforts to mark the African Environment Day, dedicated to the commemoration of the late Kenyan environmentalist, Wangari Maathai. Full text...

  • UN official urges businesses to join corporate responsibility pact
    29 february 2012 15:24:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Office, Georg Kell, on Wednesday said that the world’s corporations were increasingly adopting a more sustainable course of doing business, but voiced concern that participation was still lagging below expectations ahead of a major forum on corporate sustainability in Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20) in June. Full text...

  • UNICEF decries marginalization of children in cities
    29 february 2012 14:13:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Cities around the world are providing grounds for the continuing exclusion of children from key services and failing to offer protection, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a report released Wednesday. Full text...

  • FAO presents assessment result on Wood-fuel in Darfur
    26 february 2012 18:17:36
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has presented the findings of its Darfur Wood-fuel Supply and Demand assessment in which it indicated that current wood harvesting is causing the degradation and depletion of existing resources, a press statement by the UN body indicated Sunday. Full text...

  • UNEP, others call for ‘Sustainable Energy for All’ in Africa by 2030
    22 february 2012 14:28:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and Adnan Amin, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), have urged all stakeholders across Africa to make commitments on how to achieve sustainable energy for all by 2030. Full text...

  • Nigerian Journalist wins UN Environment Award
    21 february 2012 19:33:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Ugochi Anyaka, a radio journalist from Nigeria, has been named “winner” of United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Young Environmental Journalist Award (YEJA), beating over 120 entries from reporters across Africa, organizers announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNESCO celebrates 40th anniversary of "The study of the Rock"
    21 february 2012 15:09:10
    Paris, France (PANA) - A conference to mark the 40th anniversary of UNESCO’s International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) will be held at the Organization’s Headquarters in Paris, France, on 22 February, according to a UNESCO press statement issued Tuesday. Full text...

  • 'Japan funds IOM water treatment project for IDPs in Somalia'
    21 february 2012 12:05:43
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Japan has agreed to provide funding for a water treatment project for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Somalia, which has been wracked by ethnic clashes and unrest for the last two decades. Full text...

  • World environment ministers discuss plan to bolster UNEP
    20 february 2012 16:39:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The world’s environment ministers gathered in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday to discuss the future of the planet, amid calls to strengthen the mandate of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) to a specialized UN agency. Full text...

  • UNEP celebrates anniversary with star-studded races
    20 february 2012 06:51:32
    New York, US (PANA) - Hundreds of runners took to the roads of Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and raise awareness about green issues. Full text...

  • World leaders urged to set human development on more sustainable path
    20 february 2012 06:33:54
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Top scientists are urging governments to replace GDP as a measure of wealth, end damaging subsidies and transform systems of governance to set humanity on a new path to a better future -- or risk climate, biodiversity and poverty crises that will spawn greater problems worldwide. Full text...

  • UN, African centre move to improve early warning system for Africa
    15 february 2012 22:31:09
    New York, US (PANA) - A new partnership between the UN and African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development is to support African communities in the rapid dissemination of weather updates from African meteorological experts to disaster managers in vulnerable communities. Full text...

  • Rhino poachers arrested in SA
    15 february 2012 10:31:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Five suspected rhino poachers have been arrested in South Africa’s North West province and are expected to appear in the Brits Magistrate's Court later on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UNICEF offers succour for 100,000 cyclone victims in Madagascar
    14 february 2012 19:30:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday that it had prepared enough emergency supplies to assist 100,000 people in Madagascar, where a tropical cyclone has made landfall, bringing torrential rains and intense winds. Full text...

  • Embattled Malawi VP barred from visiting flood victims
    11 february 2012 14:58:57
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Embattled Vice-President Joyce Banda has been prevented from visiting and donating relief items to flood victims in the southernmost Lower Shire Valley district of Nsanje, district administration officials and the Vice-President have confirmed. Full text...

  • Mauritian weather services issue cyclone alert
    11 february 2012 12:27:44
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Meteorological Services on Saturday issued a cyclone (class II) alert following the movement of intense tropical cyclone "Giovanna" on the outskirts of the island. Full text...

  • World bank, Niger sign FCFA 30b deal to fight climate change
    10 february 2012 14:22:31
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger and the World Bank on Friday in Niamey signed a FCFA 30-billion deal aimed at funding the African nation's Community Action Project for climate resilience (PACRC/ PPCR), PANA learned from official sources. Full text...

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