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  • 4 UN agencies launch ocean preservation plan
    27 october 2011 15:07:20
    Paris, France (PANA) - In a bid to address the problems of overfishing, degradation of coastal areas, pollution and declining biodiversity that are seriously affecting the health of the ocean, four UN agencies have prepared a plan to improve the governance of oceans and limit their degradation, according to a statement from UNESCO in Paris, France. Full text...

  • African Union worried about decline of African wetlands
    25 october 2011 22:48:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Commission on Tuesday expressed concern about the decline of African wetlands. Full text...

  • Africa urged to set itself realistic goals to counter climate change
    25 october 2011 21:36:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Desertification Control (UNCCD), Luc Gnacadja, has urged Africa to set itself realistic goals to counter climate change. Full text...

  • Desertification affects 70 per cent of economic activity in Africa - Ping
    24 october 2011 21:54:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The phenomenon of desertification affects 70% of economic activity in Africa, the African Union (AU) chairperson, Jean Ping, said on day in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • CTBTO members approve plans to boost nuclear test-ban inspection
    24 october 2011 18:03:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The 182-member sates of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) on Monday in Vienna, Austria, approved a plan to boost the organization’s on-site inspection capabilities. Full text...

  • AU advocates Africa’s common stand at Rio +20 conference
    24 october 2011 14:04:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The president of the African Union Commission, Jean Ping, Monday urged Africa to adopt a common and consensus-based stand at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO +20 ), scheduled for June in Brazil. Full text...

  • Senegalese town wins int'l competition on environmental protection
    21 october 2011 14:14:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Senegalese town of Bignona, in the region of Ziguinchor, in the south of the country, has won the "International Price of the Sustainable Town" from a list of 36 other African countries, a communique from organizers Les Eco maires, disclosed. Full text...

  • Multi-billion-dollar climate change fund hits barrier
    21 october 2011 06:56:16
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Plans for a multi-billion-dollar fund to help developing countries deal with climate change have hit a big barrier, after countries could not agree on the design of the fund. Full text...

  • African meeting to prepare for Rio 20 begins
    20 october 2011 21:10:01
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The seventh session of the food security and sustainable development committee started on Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital city, aimed at preparing Africa’s joint position for the Rio 20 conference. Full text...

  • Africa dreams of low carbon emission development
    19 october 2011 22:30:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Participants at the conference on climate change and development in Africa are dreaming of a low carbon emission development for the continent, according to the declaration read at the end of the meeting on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Africa’s livestock vulnerable to climate change, experts say
    19 october 2011 19:43:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The livestock sector is vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, especially in North Africa, according to experts attending the conference on climate change and development on the continent. Full text...

  • Experts advocate sustainable management of African forests
    19 october 2011 14:41:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Experts at the conference on climate change and development in Africa have called for a sustainable management of African forests with a view to limiting the adverse effects of climate change on them. Full text...

  • Experts advocate ICT use to fight climate change
    19 october 2011 12:35:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Experts attending the Addis Ababa conference on climate change in Africa have advocated the maximum use of the information and communication technology (ICT) to effectively combat the phenomenon. Full text...

  • Experts deplore lack of information in climate change fight
    18 october 2011 21:06:29
    Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Lack of information is an obstacle to the efficient fight against climate change, according to experts participating in the first conference on climate change and development in Africa in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Experts examine negative effects of climate change on African food production
    18 october 2011 17:56:21
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African food production is paying a heavy toll following the negative effects of climate change, experts participating in the conference on climate change and development in Africa, which opened Monday in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, have revealed. Full text...

  • 'Climate change impacts on health will be felt most by Africans'
    18 october 2011 17:29:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The impacts of climate change on health will be most felt by the Africans, according to experts attending the first conference on climate change and development in Africa which began Monday in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Int'l conference calls for adaptation of transport sector to climate change
    18 october 2011 17:29:24
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The conveners of the Addis Ababa conference, with the theme "Focus on development: the fight against climate change in Africa," have called for an adaptation of the transport sector to the effects of climate change. Full text...

  • Angola extends campaign to sensitize citizens on environment
    18 october 2011 12:17:17
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Angola is expanding its campaign, which was launched in April, to sensitize the citizens on the need to take a better care of the environment, according to the state-run news agency, ANGOP. Full text...

  • Conference participants pay tribute to Wangari Maathai
    17 october 2011 12:12:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Participants at the opening of a conference on climate change and development in Africa, which opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Monday, paid glowing tribute to Kenyan environment activist and Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, who died of cancer on 25 September. Full text...

  • Conference on climate change, development in Africa opens in Addis Ababa
    17 october 2011 11:45:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The first conference on climate change and development in Africa opened on Monday in Addis Ababa with the theme: ''Development priority: fighting the effects of climate change in Africa.'' Full text...

  • Ethiopia hosts conference on climate change, African development
    16 october 2011 13:53:59
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Ethiopia will on Monday host the first conference on climate change and development in Africa, as part of efforts to strengthen the continent's stand and participation at international negotiations on climate change Full text...

  • Bamako to host Niger River water access forum
    12 october 2011 22:01:45
    Paris, France (PANA) – The Chirac Foundation, named after former French president Jacques Chirac, will on Monday begin a two-day forum in Bamako, Mali, on the right to water and sanitation in the Niger River basin. Full text...

  • Angola hosts int'l conference on water, energy
    10 october 2011 20:26:07
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - An international meeting on Water, Environment and Energy, taking place 11-12 October in Luanda, the Angolan capital, will bring together professionals from Angola, Portugal, Namibia, Zambia and Germany, with a view to promoting exchanges Full text...

  • Climate change conference: Africa, LDCs, Latin American countries forge alliance
    08 october 2011 10:22:26
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Africa, Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and countries of the ALBA alliance in Latin America have agreed to work together to ensure that the forthcoming UN Climate Conference, to be held in Durban, South Africa, later this year delivers outcomes that will strengthen climate regime, cut emissions and deliver on climate finance. Full text...

  • Civil society criticizes broken climate promises at Panama talks
    08 october 2011 10:11:09
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Climate change negotiations are becoming like a Shakespearean tragedy, with betrayal piled on broken promises, said civil society groups from across the world preparing for the annual climate summit, scheduled for Durban, South Africa, next month. Full text...

  • US blocks success of climate summit - Africa, LDCs
    07 october 2011 08:03:04
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Members of the African Group and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) attending the UN climate talks in Panama have expressed outrage over what they called blocking tactics that threaten the success at the UN Climate Change Summit in Durban, South Africa, later this year. Full text...

  • Full-scale Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System test on 12 October
    06 october 2011 22:17:16
    Paris, France (PANA) – Almost seven years after the devastating tsunami of 2004, more than 20 nations will participate on 12 October in a full-scale exercise to test the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System, the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Oraganisation (UNESCO) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN-backed treaty seeks to save fishermen's lives
    06 october 2011 15:11:19
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN-backed treaty that seeks to cut down on the 24,000 lives estimated to be lost each year during fishing operations around the world will come into force next September, over 17 years after it was adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Full text...

  • 'Security focus on climate change could blur real issues'
    06 october 2011 08:12:04
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A growing focus on national and international security challenges posed by climate change could distract attention from the root causes of the problem, the needs of the most vulnerable people and the search for appropriate solutions, according to a researcher at the UK-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Full text...

  • UN calls for maximization of urban forest benefits
    04 october 2011 15:02:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Focused policies and investments aimed at protecting and managing forest and trees in and around cities are needed to strengthen urban livelihoods and improve city environments, as the world becomes increasingly urbanized. Full text...

  • G77 urges US to be honest at UN climate talks
    04 october 2011 07:23:33
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Developing countries have redoubled their efforts to find agreement in time for the annual UN climate summit (CoP 17) due to be held in Durban, South Africa, next month, according to the Chair of the Group of 77 and China (G77), Jorge Arguello. Full text...

  • Congo president says death of Wangari Maathai is 'loss for Africa'
    01 october 2011 15:27:55
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The president of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, on Friday on Friday described the death of Kenya's 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Wangari Maathai, as "a great loss for Africa and Congo Basin countries". Full text...

  • Angolan minister highlights compulsory environmental licensing
    01 october 2011 15:13:34
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  • Gender group pays tribute to late Nobel laureate, Wangari
    30 september 2011 19:06:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A gender-based organisation in Dakar, Senegal, Inter Africa Network for Women, Media, Gender Equity and Development (FAMEDEV), Friday paid tribute to late Prof. Wangari Maathai, who died of cancer in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. Full text...

  • Darfur: UNAMID raises awarness on dangers of unexploded mines
    29 september 2011 18:40:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The joint UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said on Thursday that it was using puppets to raise awareness among local school children on the dangers of interacting with unexploded ordnance (UXO). Full text...

  • 20 in hospital after inhaling toxic gas in Nairobi
    28 september 2011 14:26:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Twenty people have been hospitalised and an entire neighbourhood was evacuated following a toxic gas leak at a Nairobi city suburb close to a crowded market, aid workers said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Greenpeace Africa mourns passing of Kenyan Wangari Maathai
    26 september 2011 20:19:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The environmental non-govermental organisation, Greenpeace Africa, on Monday expressed "deep sadness" at the demise of Wangari Muta Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize Winner in 2004 Full text...

  • Brazil hosts World Water Congress
    26 september 2011 15:47:53
    Porto de Galinhas, Brazil (PANA) - Angola is attending the 14th World Water Congress, which kicked off Sunday in Porto de Galinhas in the outskirts of Recife, the major town of the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, with the theme: “Looking at the future”. Full text...

  • Greenpeace concerned about 'reduced biological rest period' for fish in Senegal
    23 september 2011 11:45:16
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Greenpeace Africa has expressed concern at the reduction of the biological rest period for industrial fishing vessels by Khouraïchi Thiam, Senegalese Minister of Maritime Economy. Full text...

  • Climate change congress opened in Nigeria
    21 september 2011 23:37:23
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  • Gambia wins UN forestry award
    21 september 2011 21:21:47
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  • UNESCO organizes conference on climate change in Small Island States
    21 september 2011 09:18:30
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO is organizing a meeting of experts on education for climate change in Small Developing Island States 21-23 September in Nassau, Bahamas, following the climatic consequences facing those areas, the UN agency said Tuesday in a press statement from its headquarters in Paris, France. Full text...

  • UN high-level meeting calls for 'stronger action' against desertification
    20 september 2011 17:28:04
    New York, US (PANA) - Participants at a high-level UN meeting on Tuesday stressed the need for stronger action to protect the world’s dry lands, which are home to two billion people. Full text...

  • Guinea ratifies Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
    20 september 2011 14:35:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Guinea has become the 155th state to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), which bans all nuclear explosions, a statement made available to PANA here Tuesday said. Full text...

  • Climate change is real - expert
    20 september 2011 13:59:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Climate change is real, and African policy makers should not get caught up in the debate on whether or not it is, according to Jacquehne Frank, an expert on climate change. Full text...

  • Senegalese govt. to clear all mines from Casamance by March 2016
    20 september 2011 07:48:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Senegalese government has pledged to clear all mines in Casamance, in the southern part of the country, by 1 March, 2016, after failing to meet the 2009 deadline as initially planned, the director of the Senegalese national anti-mines action (CNAMS), Papa Oumar Ndiaye, told a press conference here Monday. Full text...

  • International meeting on climate change opens
    19 september 2011 21:17:59
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A three-day international “Climate Change” meeting that has brought together journalists from five African countries and experts started in Dakar on Monday. Full text...

  • Suspected urchin fire guts Blantyre market
    19 september 2011 13:46:34
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Merchandise worth millions of kwacha was incinerated in the wee hours of Monday after a fire, suspected to have been lit by street urchins, burnt down the busy Blantyre Flea Market, police confirmed here. Full text...

  • Low marks for donor nations on climate finance transparency scorecard
    19 september 2011 06:51:36
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Developed countries are being far from transparent about the climate-change finance they promised to developing nations at the Copenhagen summit in 2009, according to a scorecard published Monday by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Full text...

  • President Aziz launches "green-belt operation" around Nouakchott
    16 september 2011 17:50:20
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, on Friday launched the second phase of the reforestation programme, aimed at creating a green belt around the capital city of Nouakchott, PANA reported. Full text...

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