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  • US: Record 'green' energy capacity added in 2016 as cost for renewables plunges – Report
    08 june 2017 06:29:18
    New York, US (PANA) – The world is now adding more green energy capacity each year than it adds in new capacity from all fossil fuels combined, a United Nations-backed report revealed on Wednesday, showing that the “renewables train has already left the station” and those who ignore this will be left behind. Full text...

  • US: Musician Cody Simpson to be named 'Ocean Advocate' for UNDP
    08 june 2017 06:17:07
    New York, US (PANA) - To mark World Oceans Day, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will name Australian musician Cody Simpson as its first-ever Ocean Advocate to help raise awareness of the crucial role the ocean plays in the health of the planet and people. Full text...

  • Zambia: Leaders of Zambia, Madagascar commit to Paris Agreement
    07 june 2017 17:38:08
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia and Madagascar have reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change due to the devastating adverse effects that the the two countries, including the Southern African Development Community (SADC) sub-region and the entire African continent, have experienced. Full text...

  • Botswana: Cold front hits Botswana, as temperatures drop
    07 june 2017 15:45:37
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s Department of Meteorological Services (DMS) has announced that a cold front is expected to sweep through the country shortly. Full text...

  • US: Water is ‘catalyst’ for cooperation, not conflict, says UN chief
    07 june 2017 07:28:21
    New York, US (PANA) – Stressing the importance of diplomacy to prevent and resolve trans-boundary disputes over water resources, Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday told the United Nations Security Council that water serves as “a catalyst” for cooperation among nations, even those that are not on good terms. Full text...

  • US: UN agencies commit to cutting harmful fishing subsidies at Oceans Conference
    07 june 2017 07:03:38
    New York, US (PANA) – As the international community focuses this week on preserving the health of global oceans and seas, the United Nations agencies on agriculture, environment and trade are committing to the sustainable trade of fisheries. Full text...

  • US: UN Ocean Conference opens with calls for united action to reverse human damage
    05 june 2017 19:48:53
    New York, US (PANA) – Opening a “game-changing” international conference on the health of the world’s oceans and seas, top United Nations officials on Monday urged coordinated global action to protect the planet. Full text...

  • US: UN observes World Environment Day
    05 june 2017 15:45:14
    New York, US (PANA) – With the theme of this year's World Environment Day – 'Connecting People to Nature' – aimed at highlighting the well-documented physical and mental health benefits of being in nature, the United Nations is on Monday flagging the vast benefits of such engagement, from food security and improved health to reliable water supply and climatic stability. Full text...

  • US: UN poised to open summit on world's oceans on Monday
    04 june 2017 06:21:16
    New York, US (PANA) – Warming oceans, depleting sea life and plastic pollution are on the agenda for this week's ocean summit at the United Nations, which will call for urgent action to improve the health of the oceans, while also creating jobs and raising people out of poverty. Full text...

  • Russia: Green economy is 'the economy of the future,' says UN chief
    03 june 2017 03:59:22
    St. Petersburg, Russia (PANA) - Underscoring the threats posed by climate change – those already apparent, as well as those sure to impact the future of the planet – the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, on Friday urged Governments worldwide to “stay the course” and remain committed to climate action. Full text...

  • US: US decision to withdraw from Paris climate accord a 'major disappointment' – UN
    02 june 2017 11:46:49
    New York, US (PANA) – The Spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General has said the decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change is a major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security. Full text...

  • US: UNEP stresses 'incredible momentum' on climate action
    02 june 2017 05:52:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) says the US decision to leave the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in no way brings an end to this unstoppable effort to protect the environment. Full text...

  • US: UN chief urges world to rally behind Paris Accord on climate change
    31 may 2017 04:53:57
    New York, US (PANA) – Highlighting the seriousness of the impact of climate change on the planet and its inhabitants, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on has called for sustained action to meet the global challenge and to ensure a peaceful and sustainable future for all. Full text...

  • US: UN urges tourists to protect nature that draws them
    22 may 2017 20:12:50
    New York, US (PANA) – Tourism must not undermine the nature that attracts tourists in the first place, said the head of the United Nations-backed treaty on biological diversity, marking International Day for Biological Diversity. Full text...

  • Botswana: World Bank funds water reservoirs construction in Botswana
    18 may 2017 15:27:40
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The World Bank has extended a US$145.5 million loan to Botswana for construction of water reservoirs, which are expected to cushion the semi-arid southern Africa country from future droughts, Finance Minister Kenneth Matambo said on Thursday. Full text...

  • US: IMF agrees on safety net for poor countries hit by large natural disasters
    16 may 2017 10:59:49
    Washington, D.C., US (PANA) - Executive Directors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have adopted a decision to enhance the financial safety net for poor countries hit by large natural disasters. Full text...

  • Kenya: Euro Bank, Tanzania and UN partner in cutting Lake Victoria pollution
    15 may 2017 15:04:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have partnered together with the Government of Tanzania and UN-Habitat in implementing a project aimed at reducing the level of pollution flowing into Lake Victoria, the UN-Habitat headquarters in Nairobi has said. Full text...

  • Germany: Environmentalists laud positive China, India policies on coal use
    15 may 2017 11:26:55
    Bonn, Germany, Kenya (PANA) - Positive developments on coal use in China and India are likely to reduce projected global carbon emissions growth by roughly two to three billion tonnes by 2030 compared to forecasts made a year ago, the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) said on Monday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Weather, climate and water challenges highlighted at WMO council meeting
    10 may 2017 19:28:22
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Strengthening weather and climate services to protect lives, property and the economy from increasingly extreme and unusual weather is among the pressing issues being discussed at the annual session of the United Nations weather agency's coordinating body, which kicked off on Wednesday in Geneva. Full text...

  • US: UN highlights common destiny for wildlife and people on World Migratory Bird Day
    10 may 2017 19:15:53
    New York, US (PANA) – A healthy planet for migratory birds means a healthy plant for people, as they share the habitats on the Earth, the heads of two United Nations-backed environmental treaties have said, marking World Migratory Bird Day. Full text...

  • Zambia: World Bank approves $32 million for Zambia to improve rural livelihoods
    10 may 2017 14:23:22
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors on Wednesday approved US$32.80 million to improve rural livelihoods, reduce deforestation and unsustainable agricultural practice in the Eastern Province of Zambia. Full text...

  • Botswana: Met department allays cold winter fears in Botswana
    08 may 2017 16:54:27
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s Department of Meteorological Services (DMS) has described as "gross exaggeration" reports that the country is set for a "bitterly cold" winter. Full text...

  • South Africa: New Atlas shows Africa's potential for investment to meet energy needs
    05 may 2017 16:38:34
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) – A new Atlas released at the 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Durban, South Africa, this week highlights the opportunities and challenges for sustainable development of the energy resources on the continent. Full text...

  • South Africa: Three South African cities’ ‘green canopy’ added to global database
    05 may 2017 10:38:08
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - Treepedia, an interactive website that measures the “green canopy”, or trees and vegetation of cities around the world, announced on Friday it has included Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban as its first African cities. Full text...

  • US: 'World's forests fundamental to humanity's security' - UN Forum told
    01 may 2017 19:48:25
    New York, US (PANA) - Kick-starting action on the recently-adopted Global Forest Goals to protect, sustainably manage and increase world’s forest area will be a key focus for delegations gathered in New York for the twelfth session of the UN Forum on Forests, which opened Monday at the United Nations headquarters. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: ECA urges IPCC findings to support Africa's quest for structural transformation
    28 april 2017 14:42:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Many countries in Africa are striving towards achieving the sustainable goals and climate change is one of the greatest threats to achieving sustainable development, a senior official of the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) said Friday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • US: UN marks 'Mother Earth Day'
    22 april 2017 15:07:31
    New York, US (PANA) – Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs, the United Nations is emphasising on Mother Earth Day. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Workshop on Coastline Mapping opens
    18 april 2017 09:07:12
    Albion, Mauritius (PANA) - A five-day regional training workshop on Coastline Mapping using Satellite Imagery was launched on Tuesday at the Mauritius Oceanography Institute (MOI) in Albion, near Port-Louis. Full text...

  • US: UN report calls for radical investments to meet global water and sanitation targets
    13 april 2017 16:54:59
    New York, US (PANA) - Against the backdrop of almost two billion people around the world relying on sources of drinking-water contaminated with faeces, the United Nations has called on countries to “radically” increase investments in water and sanitation infrastructure not only to protect their populations from deadly diseases but also to ensure that they are able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • US: UN announces first-ever World Ocean Festival
    12 april 2017 11:39:05
    New York, US (PANA) – With global leaders heading to the United Nations for a major conference in June on the protection and sustainable use of the planet’s oceans, the UN has announced that the inaugural World Ocean Festival will kick off the week-long event, with activists and enthusiasts taking to the streets – and waterways – of New York City to raise their voices to reverse the declining health of our oceans. Full text...

  • UN: Cost of renewables fell in 2016, lowering global investment in clean energy – UN
    06 april 2017 20:43:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The world added record levels of renewable energy capacity in 2016, even as investment in clean energy fell, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Government dismisses ‘induced earthquake’ reports in Botswana
    05 april 2017 18:19:08
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana Geoscience Institute (BGI) has rejected media reports suggesting that the earthquake which occurred in the southern Africa country on Monday was caused by fracking. Full text...

  • UN: Mali ratifies amendment to Montreal Protocol on HFCs
    04 april 2017 20:37:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Mali has become the first country to ratify the Kigali Amendment, a ground-breaking amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase out hydrofluorocarbons, a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UNEP urges govts to emulate China on ivory factories, shops shutdown
    03 april 2017 17:53:24
    New York, US (PANA) - Applauding the Chinese government’s closure of many of its ivory factories and retail outlets, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on Monday called on other countries and territories to follow China’s example and improve the survival prospects for elephants across the world. Full text...

  • Kenya: Montreal Protocol marks milestone with first ratification of Kigali amendment
    03 april 2017 17:46:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Global efforts to protect the climate and the ozone layer have received a boost with the first ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Monday. Full text...

  • US: UN turns off lights to draw attention to issues facing the planet
    26 march 2017 05:50:39
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations on Saturday evening dimmed the lights at its iconic Headquarters complex in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of the tenth annual 'Earth Hour,' global event to put the spotlight on the issues facing the planet and to inspire millions across the world to live more sustainably. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials task governments on Paris climate change agreement
    23 march 2017 21:12:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday in New York said climate change is an unprecedented and growing threat to peace, prosperity and development and addressing it presents an economic opportunity for governments and business. Full text...

  • UN: World Meteorological Organization celebrates importance of clouds
    23 march 2017 13:38:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says clouds inspire art and thought, but few natural phenomena are as important to weather, climate or water as clouds are vital to all of them. Full text...

  • South Africa: Activists' protest highlights impact of fossil fuels on South Africa
    23 march 2017 10:51:42
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - Activists of the Breakfree coalition on Thursday took part in a "funeral procession" outside the Department of Energy (DoE) in Pretoria to highlight the impact of coal-fired power stations on South African communities. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says 600 million children worldwide face extreme water shortages
    22 march 2017 20:12:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Warning that as many as 600 million children – one in four worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely scare water by 2040, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday called on governments to take immediate measures to curb the impact on the lives of children. Full text...

  • UN: UN report calls for more sustainable forests management
    22 march 2017 15:17:24
    New York, US (PANA) - Cautioning on the impact of human activity such as practices and use of woodfuel on world’s forests, the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Wednesday called for better wood-energy conversion technologies and more sustainable management of forests so that everyone benefits. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO, UNFCCC to strengthen countries’ ability to craft agriculture strategies
    22 march 2017 09:09:01
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) and the world's leading climate-change authority have signed an agreement allowing both institutions to better serve countries around the world to adapt to and mitigate the impact of warmer global temperatures and meet their pledges to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Full text...

  • US: Nearly 600 million children will live in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040 - UNICEF
    22 march 2017 07:16:00
    New York, US (PANA) - Some 600 million children – or 1 in 4 children worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040, according to a UN children's agency (UNICEF) report released on World Water Day. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Record-breaking weather in 2016 pushes world into ‘truly uncharted territory’ – WMO
    22 march 2017 07:00:40
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Global temperatures set yet another record last year and the world witnessed exceptionally low sea ice, and unabated sea level rise and ocean heat, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Tuesday, warning that the extreme weather and climate conditions have continued into 2017. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU underlines right of access to safe, clean water for all
    21 march 2017 14:51:56
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - In response to the rise in humanitarian needs and forced displacement, the European Union (EU) has affirmed its determination to continue supporting people affected by natural and man-made disasters, by providing life-saving access to safe and clean water. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to tap the potential of energy recovery from waste
    21 march 2017 14:23:49
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius will develop a Strategy and Action Plan for Waste Management and Resource Recovery, with the objective of tapping the potential of energy recovery from waste, PANA learnt Tuesday from official sources in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana donates drought relief supplies to Kenya
    20 march 2017 13:17:23
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana has donated food supplies to two provinces in Kenya to benefit communities adversely affected by the drought situation in Kenya. Full text...

  • Germany: Smarter use of natural resources can inject US$2 trillion into global economy by 2015 – UN
    18 march 2017 08:58:45
    Berlin, Germany (PANA) - The United Nations has found that smarter and more efficient use of the world’s natural resources today can yield an “environmental win-win’ by injecting US$2 trillion into the global economy by 2050 while also offsetting the costs of ambitious climate change action. Full text...

  • Egypt: FAO says water scarcity in North Africa needs 'urgent, massive response'
    09 march 2017 16:43:44
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Access to water is a fundamental need for food security, human health and agriculture, and its looming scarcity in the North Africa and Middle East region is a huge challenge requiring an "urgent and massive response," FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said on Thursday in Cairo. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana citizens urged to protect wildlife
    08 march 2017 12:03:44
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Citizens of Botswana have been urged to continue to protect and preserve wildlife for posterity. Full text...

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