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  • UN Security Council reaffirms call to fight piracy, armed robbery at sea
    19 november 2013 07:00:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has reiterated its calls on the international community to fight piracy and armed robbery at sea, which continue to pose a threat to the delivery of humanitarian aid to the country. Full text...

  • UNFCCC chief tells coal industry to radically change, diversify
    18 november 2013 11:46:25
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres on Monday advocated radical and far reaching changes in favour of clean energy, at a coal summit she addressed in Poland. Full text...

  • UN climate negotiation: Africa wants work on loss and damage expedited
    18 november 2013 10:55:16
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - African countries at the UN Climate negotiation in Warsaw, Poland, want developed countries to support and expedite work in reducing and compensating for loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change, including its impacts on agriculture. Full text...

  • NGO activists demonstrate at UN Climate conference in Warsaw
    16 november 2013 16:55:18
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – Supporters from non-governmental organizations across the globe on Saturday marched through the city centre, near where the UN climate negotiations are taking place in Warsaw, Poland, to demand movement from policy-makers against catastrophic climate change and to also honour the ‘Arctic 30’. Full text...

  • AfDB financing low carbon development in Africa
    16 november 2013 11:42:31
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) provided almost US$ 27 billion worldwide, in financing to address the challenges of climate change in 2012, according to the second joint MDB report on climate finance. Full text...

  • UNESCO report says social sciences vital in tackling environmental challenges
    15 november 2013 17:29:49
    New York, US (PANA) – A new UNESCO report has underscored the vital contribution of the social sciences to survival in the face of climate change, and stressed that human behaviour must be at the heart of efforts to tackle the challenges related to the natural environment. Full text...

  • Finance, key issue in Warsaw, says UN climate top official
    15 november 2013 16:26:50
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – The head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Christiana Figueres, says finance will be a key issue in Warsaw, and that it is critical that there is clarity on how countries are going to mobilise over time the US$ 100 billion funding that has been pledged for 2020 and when that should be on the table. Full text...

  • WHO, partners reach survivors of typhoon Haiyan in Philippines
    15 november 2013 15:25:41
    Manila, Philippines (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) says it is working with the government of the Philippines and international partners to reach survivors of Typhoon Haiyan who need medical care. Full text...

  • Ethiopia cited for having Africa’s large-scale carbon trading forestry project
    15 november 2013 14:36:00
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – The Humbo project, located 342 kilometres south of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, has been cited as being Africa’s first large-scale carbon trading forestry project developed under the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). Full text...

  • Civil society slams Japan for slashing mitigation target
    15 november 2013 12:18:02
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - The civil society at the UN Climate Conference taking place in Warsaw, Poland, has slammed Japan’s decision to slash its greenhouse gas emission target. Full text...

  • Torrential rain hinders relief efforts in flooded Puntland
    15 november 2013 11:46:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Relief efforts in Somalia’s flooded Puntland region came to a halt Friday after Midigar Bridge, 60 km east of the regional capital Garowe, collapsed in torrential rains, Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement. Full text...

  • AU Special Representative monitors situation in flooded Puntland region
    15 november 2013 10:53:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Following days of heavy storm and flooding this week in Somalia’s Puntland region, the Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif, said Friday that he was closely monitoring the situation in which at least 300 people are feared to have lost their lives. Full text...

  • LDCs finalize comprehensive plans to deal with impacts of climate change
    14 november 2013 15:13:18
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – The poorest countries of the world, meeting here for the 19th UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties, have finalized a comprehensive set of plans to deal with the inevitable impacts of climate change. Full text...

  • Zuma expresses condolences over Puntland cyclone
    14 november 2013 14:02:38
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President, Jacob Zuma, on Thursday conveyed his condolences following the loss of lives in a tropical cyclone that hit the Somali region of Puntland at the weekend. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso receives US$ 11.5m to increase forest carbon sequestration
    13 november 2013 17:37:55
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - With support from the African Development Bank (AfDB), Burkina Faso has received a grant of US$ 11.5 million from the Climate Investment Funds’ (CIF) Forest Investment Programme (FIP) to undertake the Gazetted Forests Participatory Management Project, under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation "plus" (REDD ) to create critically-needed transformation of 12 of its gazetted forests. Full text...

  • 2013 among top 10 warmest years since 1850 – WMO
    13 november 2013 15:50:39
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – A report released Wednesday by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) at the UN Climate Change Conference meeting in Warsaw, Poland, that 2013 is currently on course to being among the top 10 warmest years since modern records began in 1850, has added to earlier reports on severe weather-related catastrophes and the need to implement substantial and sustained emission reduction. Full text...

  • Warsaw Conference: Climate Action Network calls for reduction in carbon pollution levels
    13 november 2013 13:52:17
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - As negotiations continue for laying the foundation for an ambitious and effective 2015 global climate agreement, Greenpeace says carbon pollution levels had to be reduced now to ensure safe climate and boost political impetus towards the comprehensive global climate action plan that will be signed in Paris in 2015. Full text...

  • Deadly typhoon: 50 people fast in solidarity with Philippines
    13 november 2013 12:53:44
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - Fifty people, including activists, members of faith-based groups and scientists, are currently fasting in solidarity with Yeb Sano, head of the Filipino delegation at the current UN Climate Change Conference session in Warsaw, Poland, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Liberia to transform renewables sector with US$50m climate fund endorsement
    12 november 2013 12:31:07
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - With the backing of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Liberia has garnered support for a far-reaching renewable energy investment plan with US$50 million from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Programme to Scale up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP). Full text...

  • Public financing not enough to bankroll climate challenges, says IETA report
    12 november 2013 11:44:42
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - As nations grapple with how to mobilise sufficient financing for the climate challenges, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) has said public financing alone is not enough. Full text...

  • African civil society at UN Climate Conference demands for finance, emission budget
    11 november 2013 17:53:30
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – As the UN Climate Change Conference opened Monday in Warsaw, Poland, the civil society groups across Africa have demanded that developed countries fulfill and implement their commitments under the UN climate convention, in order to fairly share a necessary 'emissions budget', and avoid catastrophic climate change. Full text...

  • Climate effects loom large as UN Climate Change Conference opens
    11 november 2013 14:08:37
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - The two-week UN Climate Change Conference opened here Monday with negotiators from around the world being reminded about the sobering realities of current extreme weather events, including the devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines that has left an estimated 10,000 people dead. Full text...

  • Oxfam says poor countries left in the dark on climate finance
    11 november 2013 12:02:09
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Poor countries are being left with little idea about what money is available to help them cope with climate change, because of murky accounting and a lack of transparency by rich countries, international agency Oxfam said Monday. Full text...

  • South African aid group to assist Philippines
    11 november 2013 10:36:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South African aid group Gift of the Givers on Monday confirmed that it has released US$200,000 for essential supplies for victims of the deadly typhoon in the Philippines. Full text...

  • Ban urges help for Sahel countries to tackle climate change impacts
    07 november 2013 21:01:27
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday underscored the importance of preparing for extreme weather patterns in Burkina Faso, which has much of the Sahel region and has been impacted by the effects of climate change. Full text...

  • Ban calls for protection of natural resources in war-torn countries
    06 november 2013 21:29:16
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday stressed the importance of protecting the environment in times of armed conflict noting that strong natural resource governance can help prevent conflict and contribute to long-term peace. Full text...

  • Greenhouse gas concentrations in atmosphere reach new record - WTO
    06 november 2013 14:18:26
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2012, continuing an upward and accelerating trend which is driving climate change and will shape the future of the planet for hundreds and thousands of years. Full text...

  • W/African regional experts call for action plan on integrated maritime strategy
    05 november 2013 18:38:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Maritime experts from West Africa have asked the ECOWAS Commission to facilitate the development of a detailed action plan for the implementation of the proposed ECOWAS Integrated Maritime Strategy (EIMS), the Commission said in press statement, received here Tuesday by PANA. Full text...

  • WB: Climate action brings big benefits to human health
    04 november 2013 00:10:58
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Fast action to cut common pollutants like soot (also known as black carbon) and methane will not only slow global warming but save millions of lives, according to a new scientific study released Sunday by the World Bank. Full text...

  • Post-2015 development agenda must address access to clean water, sanitation - UN
    31 october 2013 07:50:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN entities have stressed the need for member states to ensure that the post-2015 development agenda addresses inequalities that prevent millions of people from getting access to basic services. Full text...

  • FAO welcomes moves to curb illegal timber trade in Congo Basin
    24 october 2013 14:12:58
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Thursday welcomed a declaration adopted jointly by some African governments, who are main timber producing countries, timber industry representatives and civil society organisations, to Full text...

  • Ban launches sustainable energy hub, urges commitments on climate financing
    24 october 2013 07:20:34
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the world is at a "tipping point", and how it produces, distributes and uses energy will determine if sustainable development succeeds. Full text...

  • Africa urged to agree on adaptation funds before Warsaw climate conference
    23 october 2013 16:27:13
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Third Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-III), meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ended Wednesday with a strong appeal for Africa to agree before next month’s UN Climate Change Conference in Poland on how much money is needed, realistically, for urgent adaptation in Africa. Full text...

  • Africa urged to consider MAPS as alternative strategy for long-term development
    22 october 2013 18:13:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A recent research shows that Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) is relevant to the African context and emerges as an alternative strategy for an African global climate change framework that has domestic assessments as its core. Full text...

  • Warsaw to resolve key issues to realise Africa’s expectations of COP 19
    22 october 2013 14:34:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – With time running out for finalizing the current round of negotiations before securing a new global agreement on climate change by 2015, it is crucial for Africa to step up so that key issues are resolved at the UN Climate Change Conference next month in Warsaw, Poland, to give Africa a chance to avert potentially- catastrophic climate impacts. Full text...

  • Let's persuade skeptics of climate change in Africa - ECA boss
    21 october 2013 11:50:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Third Annual Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-III) kicked off in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Monday against a background of growing sense of urgency to respond to the impacts of climate change. Full text...

  • 'Vulnerable groups forgotten in climate change debate'
    21 october 2013 11:21:28
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ahead of next month's UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland, the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) has expressed concern that the conditions of vulnerable groups are often forgotten in the midst of the debate, as discussions focus on semantics, markets, rights and other issues. Full text...

  • Experts to meet on Climate Change and Development in Africa
    20 october 2013 16:36:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Experts and stakeholders will gather in the Ethiopian capital city, Addis Ababa, starting Monday, for a conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa, organisers said. Full text...

  • WHO calls for end to production, use of lead paint
    19 october 2013 18:30:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on governments to strengthen national actions to eliminate lead paint, a major source of potential poisoning for young children which causes some 600,000 new cases of intellectual disabilities each year. Full text...

  • UN climate talks in Warsaw, essential for 2015 global climate agreement
    18 october 2013 15:14:34
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As governments prepare to meet in November for the 2013 UN climate negotiations in Poland, the UN climate top official says the meeting in Warsaw is an essential step towards the new and universal climate agreement which governments will deliver in 2015. Full text...

  • Ban calls for greater financial investment to combat climate change
    14 october 2013 13:52:44
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has called on the international community to step up its financial investment in technologies, policies and practices that can help combat climate change, saying that time was running out to address this global threat. Full text...

  • UN tasks countries on safety of persons with disabilities
    13 october 2013 18:01:31
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the International Day for Disaster Reduction, the UN on Sunday called on countries to ensure the safety of persons with disabilities by including them in their planning and preparedness measures. Full text...

  • Africa to discuss common climate change position
    11 october 2013 10:33:07
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - African environment ministers are scheduled to meet in Gaborone, Botswana, 15-18 Oct. to further consolidate and enhance Africa’s common position in the climate change talks. Full text...

  • Bonn meetings facilitate further action towards 2015 global climate agreement
    10 october 2013 12:33:23
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Several key issues central to negotiations towards the 2015 global climate agreement have been further elaborated following three days of focused discussion in the German city of Bonn, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat disclosed Thursday. Full text...

  • Climate change: Rwanda turns to resilient crops to enhance food security
    09 october 2013 21:00:58
    Nyaruguru, Rwanda (PANA) - New crops that are more resilient to rising temperatures must be adopted by local communities in flood and drought-stricken rural areas in order to ensure better yields and ultimately tackle food security in Rwanda, agriculture experts said. Full text...

  • UN chief says water holds key to sustainable development
    08 october 2013 18:41:45
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Tuesday stressed the vital role of water in sustainable development, noting its importance with regard to food security, climate change and sanitation. Full text...

  • World Habitat Day: UN officials call for improved urban resilience, mobility
    06 october 2013 16:28:21
    New York, US (PANA) – Un officials have stressed the need to ensure that cities become more resilient to natural disasters as well as provide their citizens with methods of alternative transportation to thrive. Full text...

  • Botswana FM urges support to mitigate effects of climate change
    01 october 2013 17:01:58
    New York, US (PANA) – Botswana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Phandu Skelemani, on Tuesday in New York said more needs to be done to assist vulnerable countries, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa, to cope with the effects of climate change. Full text...

  • Mauritius PM calls for climate change agreement by 2015
    28 september 2013 19:12:56
    New York, US (PANA) – The Prime Minister of Mauritius, Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam, on Saturday in New York called on the international community to have a legally binding agreement on climate change by 2015. Full text...

  • New report says climate change ''getting worse''
    27 september 2013 18:34:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A new expert report, released for signing by governments Friday in Stockholm, Sweden, says climate change ''is happening now, it’s getting worse and human beings are responsible", PANA reports from here, quoting a statement from Climate Action Network for West Africa (CAN WA). Full text...

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