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  • 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...

  • UN official outlines priorities for Rio+20 summit
    10 february 2012 13:16:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), Mr. Sha Zukang, on Friday outlined the priorities that member states should tackle ahead of the summit, due to hold in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June, in order to set a clear framework of action during the event. Full text...

  • Mauritius launches international campaign to save monkeys
    09 february 2012 22:40:30
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – A British NGO, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), on Thursday launched an international campaign aimed at saving Mauritian monkeys ftom being exported for medical research. Full text...

  • UNESCO, UN University review policy perspectives one year after Japan Tsunami
    07 february 2012 19:29:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - One year after the devastating tsunami hit the east coast of Japan, UNESCO and the United Nations University (UNU) are organizing a symposium in Tokyo 16-17 February, to examine the lessons learnt from the disaster; consider its policy implications, and the importance of preparedness and discuss tsunami warning systems, UNESCO indicated in a press statement, received here Tuesday by PANA. Full text...

  • EAC moves to control use of polythene materials
    03 february 2012 18:09:16
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – In a move aimed at protecting the environment, the East African Legislative Assembly on Friday passed a bill seeking to prohibit the manufacture, sale, importation and use of polythene materials in member countries of the East African Community (EAC). Full text...

  • East African states move to ban plastics
    03 february 2012 13:09:53
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Five East African countries - Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania - have moved closer to a total ban on the use of plastics, after a regional legislative body passed a new law banning their use. Full text...

  • E/African Legislative Assembly passes draft law on trans-boundary ecosystems (re-issued)
    01 february 2012 19:25:48
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Aiming to enhance the quality of the environment and ensure sustainable utilisation of shared natural resources in the five-nation East African Community (EAC), the East African Legislative Assembly has moved a step closer to enacting a regional law on the management of trans-boundary ecosystems. Full text...

  • E/African Legislarive Assembly passes draft law on trans-boundary ecosystems
    01 february 2012 19:17:20
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Aiming to enhance the quality of the environment and ensure sustainable utilisation of shared natural resources in the five-nation East African Community (EAC), the East African Legislative Assembly has moved a step closer to enacting a regional law on the management of trans-boundary ecosystems. Full text...

  • Angola, Guinea Bissau sign MOU on conservation, ecosystems management
    01 february 2012 12:50:50
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Angola and Guinea Bissau have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the management and conservation of ecosystems, protected areas as well as coastal and marine zones. Full text...

  • UN says 117,000 people affected by tropical storm in Mozambique
    01 february 2012 10:29:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN humanitarian agency said an estimated 117,000 people were affected by two tropical storms in Mozambique last week, and that it was closely monitoring the Full text...

  • AU Summit names Day for late Kenyan Environmentalist
    31 january 2012 09:18:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The 18th African Union (AU) Summit has renamed the African Environment Day as Wangari Maathai Day, in honour of the late Kenyan Environmentalist, in addition to creating a continental prize in her honour. Full text...

  • 65 nations adopt UN-backed declaration on marine protection
    29 january 2012 08:34:29
    New York, US (PANA) - Sixty-five countries have agreed to step up efforts to protect the world's oceans from land-based activities, stressing "the marine environment is central role in the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient green economy". Full text...

  • First round of talks on Rio+20 draft document ends (Re-issued)
    29 january 2012 08:30:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Delegates from UN agencies, member states and various civil society groups on Saturday concluded three days of deliberations on the draft outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June. Full text...

  • Talks on Rio+20 draft document open in New York
    26 january 2012 07:39:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The first round of informal discussions on the proposed outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio+20, scheduled to hold in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June, got under way in New York on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UNFCCC secretariat calls for proposals for host of Climate Technology Centre
    20 january 2012 07:58:38
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Bonn-based UN Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) secretariat has called for proposals for the host of the Climate Technology Centre (CTC), as requested by governments at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, last December. Full text...

  • Mauritius to march for water this weekend
    16 january 2012 20:53:47
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian pressure group under the umbrella organisation Common Front of Social Workers announced on Monday that it would organise a march this weekend in Port-Louis to denounce the waste of water on the island. Full text...

  • UN releases first draft on Rio+20 conference
    16 january 2012 19:24:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Sha Zukang, on Monday welcomed the release of the first draft of recommendations on the conference holding in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 20-22 June. Full text...

  • Ban urges private sector to invest in sustainable development initiatives
    13 january 2012 10:14:21
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged investors to lend their support to sustainable development initiatives to deal with climate change and provide efficient energy solutions around the world. Full text...

  • Heavy rains render 1,000 people homeless in Angola
    30 december 2011 10:36:08
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - At least 1,491 people are homeless in Negage City, in Angola's northern Uige Province, following heavy rains in the area. Full text...

  • Oil spillage in Nigeria: Senate wants monitoring agencies better funded
    29 december 2011 17:28:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Chairman of the Nigerian Senate Committee on Ecology and Environment, Senator Bukola Saraki, has expressed disgust over the poor funding of agencies responsible for monitoring the activities of multi-national companies in the oil-rich Niger Delta. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt to investigate latest oil spill from Shell field
    25 december 2011 09:26:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government has said it will probe Tuesday's oil spill from Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company’s (SNEPCo's) offshore Bonga deep water field. Full text...

  • Shell Oil Spill in Nigeria: 'Spill remains offshore'
    23 december 2011 11:55:32
    Port Harcourt, Nigeria (PANA) - Shell announced on Friday that the oil spill from its 200,000 barrels-a-day offshore Bonga Field has remained offshore and has thinned, and that the source of the leak has been found. Full text...

  • Shell oil spill in Nigeria: Environmentalists urge independent verification
    23 december 2011 09:49:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Amid growing concern about the massive oil spillage from Shell's offshore Bonga Field in Nigeria on Wednesday, some environmental rights campaigners have urged the Nigerian government to order an independent verification of the scope of the spillage. Full text...

  • Nigerian Senate says Shell should pay compensation after latest spill
    22 december 2011 16:02:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Senate said on Thursday that the Nigerian subsidiary of Royal Dutch oil giant Shell should be ready to pay compensation to Nigerians affected by its latest oil spill. Full text...

  • Death toll from Dar es Salaam floods hits 13
    21 december 2011 18:08:38
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The death toll from the floods following a downpour that pounded Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, for two consecutive days has risen to 13, the state-run TBC television announced late Wednesday quoting local authorities. Full text...

  • Floods claim two more lives in Dar es Salaam
    21 december 2011 12:29:42
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Two more persons drowned in floods here Wednesday, as heavy rain pounded Tanzania’s commercial capital for the second day, bringing the death toll to six, government officials confirmed. Full text...

  • Downpour floods Dar es Salaam, claims four lives
    21 december 2011 09:50:27
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - With at least four people reported killed in flash floods, Tanzania's meteorological agency is asking resident's of the country's Indian Ocean coastal areas to brace up for more downpours and flooding. Full text...

  • Ban tasks youth on planet's sustainable future
    12 december 2011 17:15:14
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Monday called on the youth to help combat the multiple threats faced by the planet, such as climate change and environmental destruction, to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come. Full text...

  • UN hails new climate change deal
    12 december 2011 15:50:53
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed the set of decisions reached by countries at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, saying "they represent a significant agreement that will define how the international community will address climate change in the coming years". Full text...

  • Climate talks end with landmark deal
    11 december 2011 07:28:13
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - The two-week UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, rounded off two days behind schedule on Sunday, but the delay proved worthwhile as the parties agreed a groundbreaking establishment of the Durban Platform, a universal legal agreement to negotiate a new global agreement by 2015. Full text...

  • UN negotiators seek breakthrough in Durban climate talks
    10 december 2011 17:48:51
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  • Mountain forests under threat, warns FAO
    10 december 2011 14:12:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The integrity and resilience of mountain forests is under threat from increasing temperatures and wildfires, population growth and food and fuel insecurity, warns a new FAO publication released on Friday. Full text...

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