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  • UN: UN chief tasks member states on nuclear ban treaty
    31 august 2016 22:13:08
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday stressed the need for an early entry into force of the global treaty that bans nuclear explosions on the Earth’s surface, in the atmosphere, underwater and underground, describing the treaty as a "low-hanging fruit". Full text...

  • Switzerland: 'Pollution kills as many people as cancer'
    31 august 2016 08:17:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The new head of the United Nations environment agency on Wednesday laid out key issues facing the international community on environmental issues, including pollution as well as the linkages among the environment, wars and conflicts, and migration. Full text...

  • Botswana: Water utility company allays fears of contaminated water
    30 august 2016 15:09:40
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) has allayed fears that residents from the capital Gaborone are drinking unsafe water. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF stresses need for access to water supply
    30 august 2016 13:52:45
    New York, US (PANA) - As the World Water Week kicks off, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has highlighted that the opportunity cost from a lack of access to water disproportionately falls on women and girls who collectively spend as much as 200 million hours or more than 22,800 years every day collecting this vital resource. Full text...

  • UN: UN cultural agency hails creation of world’s largest marine protected area
    30 august 2016 06:12:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has welcomed the establishment by US President Barack Obama of the largest nature reserve in the world, done through expanding a marine reserve in the state of Hawaii. Full text...

  • UN: UN experts task int'l community on toxic waste in Cote d'Ivoire
    17 august 2016 18:40:39
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the 10th anniversary of the illegal dumping of toxic waste in Cote d’Ivoire, a group of UN experts on Wednesday urged the Ivorian government, and the international community to use the opportunity to address the ongoing human rights impacts of the incident. Full text...

  • UN: Threat of wildfires expected to increase as global temperatures rise - UN
    14 august 2016 16:02:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has warned that wildfires could become more frequent and more destructive as global temperatures rise and drought conditions plague many regions of the world. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian president urges rich nations to save Lake Chad
    11 august 2016 20:42:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday urged rich countries to take urgent steps toward saving Lake Chad from extinction due to the effects of climate change. Full text...

  • Botswana: Police helicopter crash linked to human rights violation
    11 august 2016 12:37:40
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Twelve days after six police officers survived a helicopter crash in Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), international rights body has revealed the police mission on the incident. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Regional workshop on "Communicating Scientific Information to Policy Makers" holds in Mauritius
    09 august 2016 14:18:54
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Some 30 participants from the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) member states and Eastern African countries are attending a five-day regional training workshop on "Communicating Scientific Information to Policy Makers" in Mauritius whose objective is to improve decision making and the development of policies based on the scientific data, products and bulletins that are generated under the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA)-Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) project. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Meteorological agency warns of flooding in 11 of 36 Nigerian States
    08 august 2016 15:19:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) on Monday issued an alert of possible flooding in 11 of the country's 36 States between August and November. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian emergency agency warns of flooding from rising level of River Niger
    06 august 2016 14:01:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Following intense rainfall and rising water level of the River Niger in Burkina Faso and Niger Republic, the Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Saturday advised communities along the river to evacuate immediately to safer ground over the likelihood of floods that may occur at any moment. Full text...

  • Sudan: Heavy rains, floods kill dozens, destroy dwellings in Sudan
    04 august 2016 14:16:44
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Thursday said torrential rains and floods have killed over 70 people and left thousands without shelter, the worst hit states being North Darfur in the far West and Kasala, near the borders with Ethiopia and Eritrea. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO to name ocean treasures, floating rain forests as World Heritage Sites
    03 august 2016 22:19:35
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN-backed report launched on Wednesday is exploring different ways the international treaty governing the inscription of world heritage sites may one day apply to sunken coral islands, floating rain forests, or giant undersea volcanoes, none of which can be considered for listing because they are in the seas outside of any national jurisdiction. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'Poachers kill 25,000 elephants annually', says report
    03 august 2016 15:22:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Scientists estimate that 25,000 elephants are killed each year for their ivory, The Nature Conservancy, an organization working with other stakeholders in stopping the killing of elephants says ahead of the World Elephant Day on 12 August. Full text...

  • Rwanda: US plans cross-border warehousing for aid to drought-hit Southern Africa
    02 august 2016 18:28:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - In response to the severe drought affecting nearly 23 million people in Southern Africa, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said Tuesday it intends to introduce cross-border warehousing systems under its newly established humanitarian assistance. Full text...

  • Rwanda: US govt. steps up aid to support El Niño-battered regions in Southern Africa
    02 august 2016 16:00:32
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - USAID Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), David Harden, has announced a further US$127 million to deal with a deteriorating humanitarian situation caused by the El Niño extreme weather phenomenon in several parts of the Southern African region. Full text...

  • UN: UN calls for urgent action against illegal wildlife trade
    29 july 2016 15:10:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on Friday marked the "International Tiger Day", with a call for urgent action to protect tigers and combat illegal trade in wildlife across the world. Full text...

  • UN: UN official says African elephants face 'high level' of poaching
    28 july 2016 15:42:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The Secretary-General of the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), John Scanlon, on Friday said many African elephants continued to face serious threats to their survival from the illegal trade in ivory and unacceptable high levels of poaching. Full text...

  • UN: UN warns on heatwave deaths globally
    28 july 2016 15:33:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) on Thursday warned of a possible rise in heatwave deaths globally, due to climate change, calling for measures to reduce mortality from the natural hazard. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO calls for protection of mangrove ecosystems
    26 july 2016 17:42:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Mangroves are rare and vital ecosystems that help to protect coastlines and mitigate the effects of climate change, but their survival is being jeopardized, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: African countries commit to fight Climate Change by restoring forests
    26 july 2016 11:56:30
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Africa’s environment leaders and experts have pledged to restore 100 million hectares of degraded forest lands by 2030 at a High Level roundtable underway in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN: 'More support needed for millions in southern Africa hit by El Nino'
    22 july 2016 19:58:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Wrapping up a visit to southern Africa, UN deputy humanitarian chief, Ms. Kyung-wha Kang, on Friday called for urgent action to assist millions of people across the region where local coping capacities have been impacted by the worst El Nino-induced drought in 35 years. Full text...

  • UN: FAO, UNHCR launch tool to help displaced people manage fuel needs
    22 july 2016 18:40:31
    New York, US (PANA) - Two UN agencies have issued a technical handbook to assist humanitarian workers in addressing multifaceted problems related to cooking fuel for refugees and displaced people. Full text...

  • UN: WMO says 2016 on track to record hottest year
    21 july 2016 18:08:55
    New York, US (PANA) - Global temperatures for the first six months of this year reached new highs, setting 2016 on track to be the hottest-ever on record, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Italy/FAO: 'Recruiting lumberjacks, architects and carpenters to combat climate change'
    20 july 2016 12:38:16
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Forests have an acclaimed role as a carbon sink needed to tackle climate change, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) assured here but warned "Less known is how their contribution can be scaled up even after a tree has been logged." Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges scaled-up action to combat effects of El Nino
    20 july 2016 05:38:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The lives and livelihoods of more than 60 millions people around the world have been turned upside down by the extreme weather events linked to the El Nino phenomenon, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said late on Tuesday, calling for a scaled-up, unprecedented response that goes beyond humanitarian action. Full text...

  • UN: Ban tasks world leaders on Paris Agreement on Climate Change
    19 july 2016 17:07:38
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday invited leaders from all countries to attend a special event on 21 September at the UN headquarters in New York, to deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed survey reveals 'alarming’ damage' to world’s marine ecosystems
    14 july 2016 17:08:48
    New York, US (PANA) - More than half of the world’s fragile coral reefs are under threat and most of major fish stocks are now over-exploited, according to the latest global assessment on the state of world’s high seas and large marine ecosystems, launched on Thursday by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. Full text...

  • Senegal: Greenpeace says DR Congo secretly breached logging moratorium
    13 july 2016 15:33:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The environment campaign group, Greenpeace Africa, has revealed that the DR Congo government has secretly breached its own moratorium on new logging titles by granting three concessions on a total of 650.000 hectares. Full text...

  • UN: UN launches "Sendai Seven" campaign to boost disaster risk management
    11 july 2016 18:47:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction Robert Glasser on Monday launched a new multi-year campaign that aims to reduce disaster losses, improve management of disaster risk, and save lives. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says 2015-2016 El Nino impacted negatively on children
    08 july 2016 14:14:01
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Friday said that, while the 2015-2016 El Nino has ended, its devastating impact on children is worsening, as hunger, malnutrition and disease continue to increase following the severe droughts and floods spawned by the weather phenomenon. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana mulls plastic shopping bags ban
    06 july 2016 10:24:55
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana has set aside plans to introduce an environmental levy on plastic shopping bags, while the debate on banning them continue. Full text...

  • UN: UN official lauds Canada-Mexico-US partnership to fight climate change
    05 july 2016 14:47:24
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Mr. Robert Glasser, has hailed an announcement by Canada, Mexico and the US that they will take sweeping action to achieve 50 per cent clean power generation by 2025 and cooperate on reducing disaster risk around the world. Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy chief stresses need to protect oceans
    27 june 2016 18:08:32
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Monday in New York said that healthy oceans are critical to maintaining life on the planet, noting their connection to sustainable development. Full text...

  • UN: El Nino affecting 26.5 million children in Eastern, Southern Africa - UNICEF
    27 june 2016 16:14:11
    New York, US (PANA) - One of the strongest El Nino events ever recorded has placed the lives of 26.5 million children at risk of malnutrition, water shortages and disease in 10 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials say seafarers important in achieving SDGs, climate change targets
    25 june 2016 13:48:56
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the Day of the Seafarer, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday highlighted the role of the shipping industry in moving forward the international agenda on sustainable development and climate change. Full text...

  • Belgium: European Council calls for ratification of Paris Climate Change Agreement
    21 june 2016 07:45:25
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council late on Monday adopted a statement on the ratification of the Paris Agreement, the global legally-binding agreement on climate change adopted in December 2015. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Women’s Forum on climate change opens in Mauritius
    20 june 2016 13:16:13
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim on Monday said that climate action should be everyone’s concern, at the opening of a two-day “Women’s Forum” 2016 in Mauritius attended by 350 local and foreign participants that include scientists, policy makers and business leaders from Africa, Europe and Asia. Full text...

  • UN: UN calls for more action to restore land resources
    17 june 2016 15:44:01
    New York, US (PANA) - Nearly 800 million people are undernourished as a direct consequence of land degradation, declining soil, fertility, unsustainable water use, drought and biodiversity loss, requiring long-term solutions to help communities increase resilience to climate change, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN Sustainable Energy for All unveils 5-year strategy for affordable, clean energy
    16 june 2016 15:54:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), the global, multi-stakeholder platform that played a core role in putting universal access to modern energy services at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris climate agreement, is focusing on a new five-year strategy that will drive action and deliver on those promises. Full text...

  • Zambia: Wildlife charity welcomes Zambia's decision to suspend hippo cull
    15 june 2016 11:41:12
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - International wildlife charity, Born Free Foundation, has welcomed the Zambian authorities’ decision to suspend a highly controversial cull of 400 hippopotamuses a year over the next five years in the Luangwa River Valley, following a high-profile campaign led by Born Free and supported by international experts and Zambian nationals. Full text...

  • UN: UN report confirms corruption is biggest threat to ivory, wildlife officials arrested
    14 june 2016 13:21:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A new UN report has confirmed that corrupt officials are at the heart of wildlife crime in many parts of the world, rather than terrorist groups or tribal peoples who hunt to feed their families. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to host Women’s Forum Global meeting
    11 june 2016 13:14:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius will host on 20 and 21 June 2016 the Women’s Forum global meeting which is a platform for highly influential women and men to reflect upon and share ideas and views on the crucial need to transform economies and societies across the world, PANA learnt on Saturday from official sources in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • UN: 19 African, Asian countries gets US$40 million for wildlife protection programme
    10 june 2016 16:39:45
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN-backed partnership fund has approved an additional US$40 million to expand its support of a global programme fighting against illegal trafficking to a total of 19 countries in Africa and Asia. Full text...

  • UN: UN-Habitat launches scientific tool on global urbanization
    10 june 2016 06:36:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) late on Thursday in New York released details of a new scientific tool tagged: "UN Sample of Cities", that measures the rate of global urbanization, its characteristics, and the potential effect of urban sprawl on the quality of life for city dwellers. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief commends India, US on climate change action
    08 june 2016 15:52:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday commended a joint statement on climate change made by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama, announcing their support for early entry into force of the Paris Agreement, and encouraged all countries to accelerate their domestic processes to join or ratify it. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges meaningful action to protect oceans' health
    08 june 2016 14:31:48
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday stressed the need for meaningful action to protect future health of oceans, noting that, healthy oceans are critical to sustaining life on Earth, by regulating the climate and providing a wide range of services, including natural resources, nutritious food and jobs that benefit billions of people. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Born Free calls on Zambia to abandon hippo cull
    07 june 2016 16:35:21
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - International wildlife charity, Born Free Foundation, has condemned Zambia’s plan to kill 400 hippopotamuses a year over the next five years in the Luangwa River Valley, an area world-famous as a wildlife stronghold. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges greater action to protect world's marine ecosystems
    07 june 2016 14:38:51
    New York, US (PANA) - To highlight growing concern for the health of the world’s marine Full text...

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