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  • UN: New UN-backed report says elephant poaching persists across Africa
    23 march 2015 16:41:05
    New York, US (PANA) - An ongoing decline in overall elephant numbers remains likely as the Full text...

  • UN: UN calls for global unity to ensure water access for all
    22 march 2015 17:03:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday said that, as the perils of climate change increasingly threaten the planet, the international community must unite in "a spirit of urgent cooperation" to address the many water-related challenges facing humanity. Full text...

  • UN: US musician urges people to move from climate change to climate action
    21 march 2015 15:28:11
    New York, US (PANA) - American singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams joined local students Full text...

  • UN: Angola ratifies comprehensive nuclear-test-ban treaty
    21 march 2015 14:43:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Full text...

  • Nigeria: AU joins FAO to mark International Day of Forests
    21 march 2015 10:26:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA ) - As the International Day of Forests is being marked across the world on 21 March, there is a need to conserve and adequately promote forestation at all levels, if efforts aimed at adaptation as well as mitigating the negative impacts of climate change, can be achieved. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials stress investment, smart policies for sustainable world’s forests
    20 march 2015 19:29:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The sustainable management and conservation of forests must be included in the sustainable development goals and climate change agreement to be adopted later this year, UN officials stressed ahead of the International Day of Forests, observed worldwide on 21 March. Full text...

  • UN: UN conference adopts new, people-centred disaster risk reduction strategy
    18 march 2015 21:25:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Death, destruction and displacement wrought by natural disasters would be significantly reduced by 2030 under a new framework adopted by countries attending the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in Sendai, Japan, on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN agency begins relocation of 50,000 flood-affected refugees in Ethiopia
    17 march 2015 18:24:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday said Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges global solidarity to strengthen disaster resilience, boost development
    14 march 2015 18:29:17
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday in Sendai, Japan, said that responding to the world's growing needs requires empowering individuals, supporting communities and backing promises with resources. Full text...

  • UN: World leaders gather for UN conference on managing disaster risk
    13 march 2015 17:08:19
    New York, US (PANA) - World leaders are gathering for a UN conference in Sendai, Japan, to agree on a new framework for managing disaster risk which will reduce mortality and economic losses, a UN statement said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: 'UN disaster risk reduction conference key to future sustainable development agenda'
    12 march 2015 22:19:27
    New York, US (PANA) - Government and civil society leaders from around the world are gathering in the Japanese city of Sendai for a UN conference that will take stock of 10 years of global work to better prepare for and curb the impact of disasters, and to agree on an updated global response framework. Full text...

  • Congo: Congo to host int'l confab on illegal exploitation of African fauna, flora
    11 march 2015 15:42:49
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – An international conference on the illegal exploitation of fauna and flora products in Africa will be held 27-30 April in Brazzaville, Congo, with some African presidents in attendance, official sources said in the Congolese capital. Full text...

  • Mali: Japan releases 1.5b CFAF for forest management in Mali, Mauritania
    11 march 2015 15:23:52
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Japanese government has released US$ 3 million (1.5 billion CFAF) to finance forest management and protection of border communities between Mali and Mauritania, PANA reported Wednesday, quoting an official communiqué. Full text...

  • Kenya: Africa's adaptation to climate change to cost US$ 18 billion by 2050
    11 march 2015 14:01:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Official estimates revealed Wednesday, on the sideline of the international conference on smart-agriculture research and climate change, that adaptation projects in Sub Saharan Africa will cost US$ 18 billion by 2050. Full text...

  • Kenya: Experts recommend improved info systems to enhance weather forecast dissemination in Africa
    11 march 2015 09:03:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - African governments should enhance the capacity of national meteorological services after it has been noticed that poor information systems in the collection, processing and dissemination of climate change information and weather forecasts hinder the achievement of agricultural modernisation, according to a new research publication, released Wednesday by the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD). Full text...

  • Malawi: Govt seeks US$16m to avert flood-induced food crisis
    09 march 2015 12:57:48
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi is seeking at least US$16 million to help farmers replant food crops after several thousands of hectares of crop fields were washed away by devastating floods that affected over half of the southern African country, a senior government official has disclosed. Full text...

  • UN: 'Millions of people's rights at risk from climate change'
    07 march 2015 17:28:15
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Flavia Pansieri, says environmental disasters have displaced more people than wars, noting that disasters are threatening the fundamental rights of millions of people. Full text...

  • Zambia: Civil society slams EU proposed climate plan
    06 march 2015 14:32:01
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Civil society leaders across the world have criticised the European Union's climate action plan, which it said will be submitted to the United Nations in preparation for December's Paris Climate Summit. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Indian Ocean countries discuss landslide, coastal zone management
    06 march 2015 11:21:53
    Pointe-aux-Piments, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Environment, Sustainable Development, Disaster and Beach Management Minister Raj Dayal has revealed that, based on available data, 11% of the island's coasts has been eroded. Full text...

  • Congo: Environmentalists call for strict management of chemical products
    05 march 2015 22:06:11
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congolese environment specialists on Thursday called surveys on continuing organic pollutants for a better management of chemical products by oil companies in Congo. Full text...

  • UN: UN Assembly President urges cooperation to combat wildlife crime
    05 march 2015 07:33:54
    New York, US (PANA) - President of the UN General Assembly Sam Kutesa has called for a coordinated international response to the trafficking of wildlife that targets both the supply and demand side of poaching and the illegal trade in animals. Full text...

  • UN: UN report says global economic losses from disasters hit US$300 million
    04 march 2015 18:47:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The cost of disasters worldwide has reached about US$300 billion every year, according to the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction released on Wednesday by the UN, which urges countries to increase their commitments to strengthen their population’s resilience. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya burns ivory to mark Wangari Maathai Day
    04 march 2015 10:32:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta led celebrations to mark the African Environment Day Tuesday with the burning of one of the largest ivory hauls to denounce trade in illicit wildlife trophies. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials urge more global action to deal with wildlife crime
    03 march 2015 20:08:19
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says illegal wildlife trade undermines rule of law, degrades ecosystems and severely hampers the efforts of rural communities striving to sustainably manage their natural resources. Full text...

  • France: France to take part in African ministerial conference on environment
    03 march 2015 19:27:42
    Paris, France (PANA) – The French Secretary of State for Development and Francophonie, Mrs Annick Girardin, will take part in the African ministerial conference on environment scheduled for 4-5 March in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Full text...

  • South Africa: Massive Cape Town fire continues to spread
    03 march 2015 14:22:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Massive bush fire continue to wreak havoc around Cape Town which recorded its hottest day in 100 years on Tuesday, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • US: Strong support in China for action to end ivory, rhino horn trade
    03 march 2015 11:35:09
    Washington, D.C., US (PANA) - Chinese consumer awareness of the ivory and rhino horn trade's devastating impact on African wildlife has grown rapidly over the past two years, according to two new reports from WildAid, the African Wildlife Foundation and Save the Elephants as part of their joint campaigns in China. Full text...

  • South Africa: Cape Town ravaged by massive fire
    02 march 2015 14:58:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A devastating fire is sweeping through the mountains surrounding Cape Town, destroying several homes and thousands of hectares of vegetation, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • Malawi: 2 children dead as lightning strikes 5 in Malawi
    02 march 2015 13:38:40
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Two children are reported to have died in a remote village in the southern tea-growing district of Thyolo, some 40 kilometres from the Malawi commercial capital, Blantyre, after being struck by a bolt of lightning. Full text...

  • Kenya: Threat of species' extinction real as World Wildlife Day is marked
    02 march 2015 10:37:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ahead of this year's World Wildlife Day to be marked 3 March by governments, conservation groups and citizens around the world, the celebrations may be muted as many of the planet's species face the threat of extinction. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Heavy rains wash away houses across Tunisia
    28 february 2015 16:19:44
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Heavy rains and landslides have caused the collapse of houses in several Tunisian regions, near the border with Algeria, sources close to the services of the Tunisian civil protection said on Saturday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Land redistribution, a burning issue 20 years after the collapse of Apartheid (Feature by Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent)
    28 february 2015 06:29:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – More than 20 years after the collapse of Apartheid and the liberation of South Africa, land reform remains a burning issue and the government this week warned that sweeping changes are now necessary. Full text...

  • Mauritius: EU supports water sector in Rodrigues
    27 february 2015 09:38:03
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Rodrigues Regional Assembly (RRA) Friday received a grant of 1.44 million Euros from the European Union (EU) to support water sector development in the context of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) on the island that is dependent on Mauritius, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AfDB supports 27 African countries to advance climate-smart initiatives
    26 february 2015 19:19:59
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB)'s support to Africa through the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) increased exponentially in 2014 to include one regional and 25 national investment plans, with an additional nine poor countries being funded for renewable energy solutions, according to a new report released Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Text for global climate agreement in Paris officially published
    26 february 2015 17:07:04
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The negotiating text for the global climate agreement to be reached in Paris in December this year has been released, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat announced Thursday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Experts predict intense rainfall in Rwanda, Eastern African region
    25 february 2015 16:00:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - An intense rainfall that could trigger flash floodings are expected in many parts of the Eastern African, including the Southwestern and Northeastern Rwanda between March and May 2015, weather experts warned in a statement issued Wednesday here. Full text...

  • Senegal: AMI, AWF sign partnership deal to train journos in wildlife conservation
    24 february 2015 16:55:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Media Initiative (AMI) has entered into an agreement with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) with the aim of solidifying media involvement in wildlife conservation efforts on the continent, AMI said in a statement Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Sudanese appointed acting chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    24 february 2015 16:17:35
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Sudanese Ismail El Gizouli has been appointed acting chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to replace Rajendra Pachauri from India who stepped down amid claims that he sexually harassed a subordinate, according to a statement issued Tuesday by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Full text...

  • UN: UN chief says 2015 pivotal for finalizing universal climate change agreement
    23 february 2015 22:52:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday in New York said this year is pivotal for global action on climate change, emphasising that all the major advances of 2014 have set the stage for success in 2015. Full text...

  • UN: WFP delivers vital supplies for Malawi flood victims
    23 february 2015 19:34:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has announced the delivery Full text...

  • Sudan: Nile riparian countries fail to agree on main issues
    22 february 2015 18:06:07
    Khartoum, Sudan(PANA ) – The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) countries have failed to agree on a mechanism of taking decision on use of common water resources, and on notification to member states in case one of them wanted to establish a project, as well as on previously concluded agreements on water sharing in the region. Full text...

  • Togo: Interpol urged to back fight against illegal wood trade in West Africa
    16 february 2015 16:56:05
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – A four-nation meeting of West African forest and environment management officials, held Sunday in the Togolese capital, Lomé, has called on the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to back the fight against illegal trade in wood within the framework of environmental security. Full text...

  • UN: States agree key document for climate change agreement
    13 february 2015 20:57:08
    New York, US (PANA) - A key milestone on the route to a new, universal agreement on climate change was reached on Friday in Geneva, Switzerland, with a week of UN-facilitated discussions among over 190 states. Full text...

  • UN: UN, partners seek US$30 million for flood response, recovery in Mozambique
    13 february 2015 19:56:02
    New York, US (PANA) - UN agencies joined the wider humanitarian community and non-governmental organizations in Mozambique to launch on Friday a US$30.1 million response and recovery proposal to meet the needs of more than 160,000 people affected by hard-hitting floods in the Zambezia Province of central Mozambique. Full text...

  • Zambia: Geneva meeting agree negotiating Text for global climate agreement
    13 february 2015 14:29:12
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Geneva climate change talks concluded Friday after seven days of negotiations with governments, successfully preparing the negotiating text for the 2015 global climate agreement set to be reached in Paris, France, at the end of 2015. Full text...

  • Mauritius: IOC seeks role in AU maritime strategy
    12 february 2015 09:40:18
    Ebony, Mauritius (PANA) - The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) has expressed its willingness to work closely with the African Union (AU) for the effective implementation of the security aspect of the African integrated maritime strategy by 2050 (AIM 2050). Full text...

  • Kenya:Cape Verde hosts African Meteorology Conference
    10 february 2015 10:50:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ministers responsible for meteorology in Africa are meeting in Praia, Cape Verde, to coordinate and accelerate regional efforts to strengthen resilience to extreme weather hazards and adapt to climate change, according to an official press statement obtained here by PANA. Full text...

  • Senegal: Capo Verde hosts African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology
    09 february 2015 18:51:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Coordination and acceleration of regional efforts to strengthen African countries' resilience to extreme weather hazards and adaptation to climate change will be the focus of the Third Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) to be held from 10-14 February in Cape Verde, the meeting organizers said Monday. Full text...

  • Congo: US helps Central African countries fight poaching, maritime piracy
    07 february 2015 16:10:05
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Robin D. Meyer, the director of affairs for Central Africa at the US State department, currently on a visit to Brazzaville, said on Friday that the US was supporting Central African countries in their fight against poaching and maritime piracy, the Congolese public radio reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Zambia: UN climate talks kick off in Geneva Sunday
    07 february 2015 10:32:25
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The first round of UN Climate Change talks in 2015 begin in Geneva, Switzerland, on Sunday where governments will continue work to advance the draft text of a new, universal climate change agreement which they are due to conclude at the end of this year in Paris, France. Full text...

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