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  • UN chief launches new initiative to protect oceans
    12 august 2012 19:07:20
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday launched a new initiative to protect the oceans and the people whose livelihoods depend on them. Full text...

  • UN launches sustainable development network for global problems
    10 august 2012 09:10:42
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday launched a new independent global network of research centres, universities and technical institutions to help find solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental, social and economic problems. Full text...

  • East Africa needs preventive maintenance ethic in public water utilities
    09 august 2012 08:37:44
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Managers of public water utilities in East African countries need to be professional and seek excellence for their clientele, since frequent breakdowns and shoddy workmanship on water supply systems retard the region’s development, according to an expert in this field. Full text...

  • UK to help Kenya explore green energy
    07 august 2012 18:50:21
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The British government Tuesday pledged to help Kenya fully exploit its potential to generate renewable energy, which the East African nation intends to use as the main engine for its economic growth. Full text...

  • AI, CEHRD dismiss Shell's oil spill probe in Nigeria
    03 august 2012 17:09:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The investigation process initiated by Shell into the oil spill in restive Niger Delta of Nigeria was Friday dismissed as "a shame" by Amnesty International (AI) and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD). Full text...

  • UNEP welcomes Nigeria's move to clean-up oil contamination in Ogoniland
    01 august 2012 17:23:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Environment Progarmme (UNEP) on Wednesday welcomed the decision by the Nigerian government to clean up a major oil contamination in Ogoniland region, in the south eastern part the country. Full text...

  • Congo Basin countries to improve forest monitoring
    26 july 2012 19:45:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A new regional initiative will help 10 Central African countries to set up advanced national forest monitoring systems, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced in a news dispatch Thursday. Full text...

  • Mild earthquake hits Rodrigues
    26 july 2012 18:23:10
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - An earthquake, measuring of 5.8 on the Richter scale, Thursday struck off the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, specifically the small Island of Rodrigues, according to the meteorological services of Mauritius. Full text...

  • 10 Central African countries agree to improve forest monitoring
    26 july 2012 12:43:57
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A new regional initiative will help 10 Central African countries to set up advanced national forest monitoring systems, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced Thursday. Full text...

  • UNESCO adds 20 new sites to global network of biosphere reserves
    12 july 2012 06:56:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has added 20 new sites to its global list of biosphere reserves, bringing the total to 599 in 117 countries. Full text...

  • 20 new Biosphere Reserves added to UNESCO’s MAB programme
    11 july 2012 17:49:24
    Paris, France (PANA) - The International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), meeting in Paris from 9 to 13 July, has added 20 new sites, including two transboundaries, to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR). Full text...

  • Gambian parliamentary speaker raises concern over deforestation
    05 july 2012 12:52:01
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Gambian parliamentary Speaker Abdoulie Bojang has expressed concern over the level of deforestation in the West African nation. Full text...

  • UNESCO, NGO seek funds to support workers at DRC wildlife reserve
    05 july 2012 07:22:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and a non-governmental organisation have launched an emergency appeal to support the staff and rebuild the headquarters of a key wildlife reserve in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which was recently attacked by poachers. Full text...

  • Nigeria's economic capital braces for downpour
    25 june 2012 09:19:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's economic capital city of Lagos, already soaked by incessant rainfall, is bracing up for a seven-day rain that will surely test the limits of the flood-prone city's drainage system. Full text...

  • Rio+20: Govts, others pledge US$513 billion for sustainable development
    23 june 2012 09:12:40
    New York, US (PANA) - Governments, the private sector, civil society and other groups Full text...

  • UN-backed report says elephant poaching is rising
    22 june 2012 14:37:28
    New York, US (PANA) - A report published by the UN-backed Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) said that elephant poaching levels are the worst in a decade and recorded ivory seizures are at their highest levels since 1989, Full text...

  • Kibaki hails decision to upgrade UNEP office in Nairobi
    22 june 2012 14:11:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has hailed the agreement reached in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to strengthen the role of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as the leading global environmental authority. Full text...

  • Rio+20: AfDB, WWF rally leaders to invest in Africa’s natural capital
    22 june 2012 10:51:36
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (PANA) - In a new joint report, 'Africa Ecological Footprint Report - Green Infrastructure for Africa’s Ecological Security,' the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) have called on world leaders to invest in Africa’s natural capital. Full text...

  • Rio+20: Nigeria's Pres. restates commitment to sustainable development
    22 june 2012 09:29:16
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to sustainable development. Full text...

  • NEPAD says US$2 billion committed to Great Green Wall
    20 june 2012 17:37:53
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (PANA) - The focal point of the TerrAfrica programme at the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Agency, Mr. Ousmane Djibo, has said that about US$ 2 billion has been set aside to support the Great Green Wall project in the Sahel and West Africa regions, according to the Information and Communication Service (ICS) of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Full text...

  • Rio+20: UN member states agree on conference's outcome document
    20 june 2012 07:07:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The 196 UN member states have reached an agreement on the outcome document of the 20-22 June UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the conference's top official said in a statement on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rio+20: Experts stress need for sustainable development in Africa
    19 june 2012 19:47:50
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (PANA) - Innovative sources of finance and resources from the private sector are key to achieving sustainable development in Africa, African leaders and world experts said Monday at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Full text...

  • UN, partners unveil new initiative to achieve sustainable cities
    18 june 2012 22:29:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and its partners have unveiled a new initiative Full text...

  • Authorities freeze construction in Nairobi outskirts after building collapsed
    18 june 2012 18:18:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan local authority has stopped construction work, occupancy and business operations of ten major buildings at Mlolongo in the eastern fringes of Nairobi following the collapse of a building that was under construction on 9 June. Full text...

  • President Jonathan leaves for Rio 20 summit Tuesday
    18 june 2012 17:56:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria will depart Abuja Tuesday to attend the United Nations’ Earth Summit (Rio 20), opening in Brazil on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kibaki to push for elevation of UNEP office in Nairobi
    18 june 2012 15:11:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki was due in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday evening to attend the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) where he will push for the upgrading of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) office here. Full text...

  • Tunisia to upgrade national programme to fight desertification
    18 june 2012 12:42:50
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia is to upgrade its national programme to rejuvenate its fight against desertification and lead integrated projects at the regional and national levels to develop land and reduce land degradation. Full text...

  • New FAO report highlights role of sustainable forestry in meeting development goals
    18 june 2012 12:01:22
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says the world's forests have a major role to play in the transition to a new, greener economy, a theme being discussed at this week's Rio+20 Conference in Brazil. Full text...

  • UN officials call for more efforts to preserve soils for sustainable development
    17 june 2012 19:27:34
    New York, US (PANA) - Top UN officials have called for greater efforts to preserve the soils on which human subsistence depends and to halt and reverse land degradation. Full text...

  • ''Encouraging progress made on outcome document for Rio+20''
    17 june 2012 07:54:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), Mr. Sha Zukang, said ''encouraging progress" was made by countries on the final day of the last round of talks aimed at reaching an agreement on the conference's outcome document. Full text...

  • AfDB at Rio+20: smoothing way to green and thriving Africa
    15 june 2012 19:49:47
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group is already at Rio+20 to voice Africa’s agenda until 22 June, with fellow African institutions such as the African Union Commission and the UN Economic Commission for Africa and many leaders from across the continent, according to a press statement issued here Friday by the bank. Full text...

  • Water-for-all programme benefits 20,000 families in Angolan province
    15 june 2012 15:36:13
    Menongue, Angola (PANA) - The Angolan government-funded "Water-for-All" project is benefitting more than 20,000 families in the south-eastern Kuando Kubango Province of Angola, PANA reported here, quoting the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP). Full text...

  • Regional workshop on toxic wastes opens Monday in Mauritius
    15 june 2012 14:39:26
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A regional workshop on toxic wastes opens Monday in Mauritius with delegates from eight African countries -- Bostwana, Lesotho, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and hosts Mauritius -- participating, PANA learnt from official sources here. Full text...

  • EAC member states create structure for managing transboundary resources
    13 june 2012 07:58:07
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Partner states of the East African Community (EAC) have begun working on a common structure and road map for promoting, developing and coordinating conservation of transboundary natural resources for the region’s economic growth. Full text...

  • Conference recommends creation of Environment Ministry in Libya
    10 june 2012 19:20:03
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - The first national conference on the environment in Libya has recommended the establishment of an environment ministry as well as the inclusion in the constitution of a clause focusing on clear legal provisions to protect the environment Full text...

  • Study finds big progress, new challenges in mining industry
    07 june 2012 06:29:02
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Though the mining and minerals industry has made major advances towards sustainability, it faces new challenges as governments in the global South reassert control over their natural resources, despite lacking the capacity to ensure mining can contribute to sustainable development. Full text...

  • Cities to face rising costs for garbage treatment -- says World Bank report
    06 june 2012 16:04:02
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – A new, far-reaching report on the state of municipal solid waste around the world has predicted a sharp rise in the amount of garbage generated by urban residents between now and 2025. Full text...

  • President Nguesso lists challenges blocking Africa's sustainable development
    06 june 2012 14:23:58
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Africa is confronted by six challenges in its bid to promote sustainable development, Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso, said here Tuesday in his capacity as the spokesman for Africa at the upcoming Rio 20 conference. Full text...

  • Experts highlight role of technology in future African cities
    01 june 2012 19:51:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - African mayors and leaders Thursday rose from their two-day meeting on urbanization in Africa, unanimously agreeing that innovative technologies can transform the way African cities manage critical functions like traffic, water, taxes, electricity, waste, security and social services, among others. Full text...

  • AfDB, WWF launch Africa Ecological Footprint Report
    01 june 2012 13:58:34
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) – The African Development Bank (AfDB) and global conservation group, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), on Friday launched a joint report on the state of Africa’s environment. Full text...

  • East Africa-based solar power pioneer wins global green energy award
    30 may 2012 22:58:01
    London, UK (PANA) - A company specialising in providing affordable solar power products to remote rural communities has won a coveted Ashden Award for its work in Africa. Full text...

  • Activists protesting nuclear power in Africa beaten, detained
    30 may 2012 08:19:28
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Some Greenpeace activists were beaten and detained on Tuesday after demanding a halt to discussions aimed at expanding nuclear activity around the African continent. Full text...

  • Greenpeace campaigns against expansion of nuclear power in Africa
    29 may 2012 10:36:33
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Greenpeace Africa has demanded a halt to discussions aimed at expanding nuclear power not only in South Africa but also the rest of Africa. Full text...

  • UN Climate Talks: Rich countries accused of backtracking on commitments
    24 may 2012 14:52:04
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – As the current UN climate talks are abut to conclude after two bitter weeks of negotiations, global civil society said Thursday that some rich countries were pulling international climate regulation apart at the seams. Full text...

  • UN Climate Talks: Youth urge developed countries not to abandon Kyoto Protocol
    23 may 2012 18:00:32
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Young people from the youth constituency, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), on Wednesday asked developed countries not to 'jump ship' from the Kyoto Protocol (KP) and Long-term Co-operative Action (LCA) negotiating tracks at the ongoing climate talks in Bonn, Germany. Full text...

  • UN Climate Talks: African farmers need to prepare for climate change impact
    23 may 2012 08:47:44
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - As negotiations continue at the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany, the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) has emphasised that there must be a greater focus and support for farmers in poor countries to adapt to the impact of an already changing climate. Full text...

  • 'Civil society critical to climate change tackling process'
    21 may 2012 08:03:49
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Civil society is critical to policy processes that aim to tackle climate change and protect the poorest and most vulnerable communities from its impacts, according to a new report released Monday by a coalition of non-governmental organisations at the UN Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany. Full text...

  • UN Climate Talks: Experts highlight risks of expensive carbon market mechanisms
    18 may 2012 19:11:30
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - As the UN talks on climate change continued Friday, experts have warned of the risk of extending expensive 'market mechanisms' that have not produced significant emission reductions to date. Full text...

  • IGAD countries seek UN agencies support for drought resilience initiatives
    17 may 2012 19:04:20
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Ministers responsible for agriculture, livestock and arid lands in member nations of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Thursday called on UN agencies to support the bloc to establish a regional early warning system linked to mechanisms for early response to drought emergencies afflicting the region. Full text...

  • Africa stresses ‘fair emission cuts’ as key to moving climate talks forward
    17 may 2012 15:45:23
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - African countries attending the opening of the 'Durban Platform' climate talks in Bonn, Germany, on Thursday expressed worry that there had been no change in proposed emission cuts, even though the current inadequate pledges risk 2.5-5C of warming. Full text...

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