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  • Climate change takes a toll in Uganda (UN Environment feature)
    08 may 2018 18:47:42
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Behind Uganda’s lush beauty, climate change is looming large. Dubbed "the Pearl of Africa" for its stunning nature, this verdant East African nation is struggling to deal with the prolonged dry seasons and more intense rainfalls that have become the new normal. Full text...

  • Rwanda offers humanitarian relief to landslide victims
    08 may 2018 16:32:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan government delegation led by Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente on Tuesday expressed solidarity with victims of a massive landslide in western Karongi, where so far 18 bodies recovered and laid to rest. Full text...

  • Death toll from Rwanda's latest landslides reaches 26
    08 may 2018 15:55:35
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Flooding, triggered by heavy rains across Rwanda, has continued to take an economic and human toll in the last two weeks, causing damage to crops and infrastructure and at least 26 fatalities, according to statistics issued on Tuesday by the Ministry of Disaster management and Refugees affairs. Full text...

  • UN forum to coordinate global efforts to address worsening water shortages
    07 may 2018 20:32:15
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - With extreme weather costing hundreds of billions a year and fears that by 2050, one in four people will be living in a country affected by severe water shortages, a global conference got underway on Monday convened by the United Nations meteorological agency to manage the precious resource more sustainably. Full text...

  • UN experts urge Poland to ensure full participation at climate talks
    07 may 2018 16:31:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Poland should ensure free and full participation at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) at the end of the year, UN human rights experts said Monday, citing concerns about a new safety and security law that could hamper civil society’s involvement. Full text...

  • Weather experts say more extreme weather events happening globally
    05 may 2018 08:34:01
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Deadly storms in India and record temperatures in Pakistan are an indication that more extreme weather events are happening globally owing to climate change, United Nations weather experts said on Friday. Full text...

  • Floods displace more than 244,400 people in Kenya
    03 may 2018 17:58:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Floods have displaced at least 244,407 people in 45,219 households across Kenya, including more than 23,000 displaced over the last week, as several parts of the country continue to receive heavy rainfall, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Activities (UNOCHA) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Nations begin drafting ‘operating manual’ for climate action at UN conference
    01 may 2018 04:58:58
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) - The latest round of United Nations climate change negotiations began on Monday in Bonn, Germany, to further develop the “operating manual” for implementing the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, which aims to keep temperature rises this century, well below 2 degrees Celsius. Full text...

  • Summit of Congo Basin climate commission postponed to 29 April
    25 april 2018 11:51:02
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The first summit of heads of State and government from the climate commission of the Congo Basin, which was due to open on 25 April in Brazzaville, has been postponed to 29 April to accommodate the schedules of several personalities expected to attend, Congolese public radio reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • New bond with nature is goal of UN’s Mother Earth Day celebration
    24 april 2018 05:28:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Harmony with Nature – living a better quality of life while minimizing the use of toxic materials and preserving natural resources – was the focus of the International Mother Earth Day celebration on Monday at the United Nations. Full text...

  • Climate Action Special Envoy Bloomberg pledges $4.5 million to help UN fight climate change
    22 april 2018 20:01:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Envoy for Climate Action, Michael Bloomberg, announced on Sunday a contribution of US$ 4.5 million to the organization’s Climate Change Secretariat, the UNFCCC. Full text...

  • Rwandan authorities warn on floods, landslides
    19 april 2018 10:54:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees Affairs on Thursday warned of heavy rains and possible flooding especially in areas with rivers and landslide in the mountainous areas. Full text...

  • Heavy rains leave 41 persons dead in Rwanda
    17 april 2018 12:52:03
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Heavy rains in several parts of Rwanda have left at least 41 persons dead and destroyed about 3,194 homes since mid-March when the rainy season started, authorities revealed Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • UNESCO condemns killing of guards in Virunga National Park
    11 april 2018 06:45:24
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, on Tuesday condemned the deadly attack perpetrated on 9 April against staff of the Virunga National Park in which six guards and their driver died. Full text...

  • UN renewable energy report says world banks on sunshine
    06 april 2018 07:15:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - In 2017, solar energy dominated global investment in new power generation like never before, according to a new United Nations-backed report, which shows a steady move away from fossil fuel-based power production to ‘green’ power sources. Full text...

  • Conservation NGO condemns murder of ranger in eastern DR Congo
    05 april 2018 11:21:35
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Authorities of Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Thursday strongly condemned the murder of a forest ranger by poachers, calling for drastic measures against wildlife criminals. Full text...

  • Climate chaos to continue in 2018, UN chief warns
    29 march 2018 19:02:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Climate change “is still moving much faster than we are,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned on Thursday, calling for the political will, innovation and financing to cut global emissions by at least 25 per cent over the next two years. Full text...

  • Gambian youths protest alleged pollution by Chinese plant
    23 march 2018 09:14:28
    Gambia, Gambia (PANA) - Hundreds of youths from a Gambian coastal fishing town, Gunjur, about 25 kilometres from Banjul, on Thursday protested against a Chinese company that they allege is polluting their environment and the sea. Full text...

  • World cannot take water for granted, say UN officials
    23 march 2018 06:38:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations on Thursday launched a decade for action on water that seeks to forge new partnerships, improve cooperation and strengthen capacity to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • 2017 costliest year ever for extreme weather and climate events, says UN
    22 march 2018 20:20:22
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Hurricanes, monsoon floods and continuing severe drought made 2017 the costliest year ever for severe weather and climate events, according to a new report by the United Nations weather agency launched on the eve of World Meteorological Day. Full text...

  • Second round of African climate talks opens in Addis Ababa
    22 march 2018 17:05:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The second African Climate Talks opened in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Thursday with participants discussing issues of climate governance and Africa’s participation in global climate negotiations, weather and climate information services, among other topics. Full text...

  • EU accents access to safe drinking water as essential human right
    22 march 2018 12:29:50
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Recalling that the right to safe drinking water is a human right essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights, the European Union (EU) on Wednesday reaffirmed that all States are expected to fulfil their obligations regarding access to safe drinking water, which must be available, accessible, safe, acceptable, and affordable for all without discrimination. Full text...

  • Addis Ababa hosts talks on climate in Africa
    22 march 2018 12:00:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Thursday hosts the second edition of the African climate talks under the theme, ‘Contributing to the Talanoa dialogue’, on the initiative of the African Centre for climate policy of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Centre for environmental sciences of Addis Ababa University. Full text...

  • As cities boom, forests key to meeting demands for water, food, energy - UN
    21 march 2018 22:56:27
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - With two-thirds of the world’s population expected to live in urban areas by 2050, forests are critical part of the solution to the unprecedented demand for water, food and energy that these cities will face, senior United Nations officials said on Wednesday, on the International Day of Forests. Full text...

  • Governance key to boosting intra-Africa trade of timber products, says AfDB report
    21 march 2018 19:14:10
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - Though Africa hosts a considerable number of timber-exporting countries, most of these exports are primary products, with little value addition, according to a new report by the African Natural Resources Centre of the African Development Bank. Full text...

  • WB doles 14.9 billion CFAF to renovate River Niger
    21 march 2018 12:21:45
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The World Bank, through the International Development Association (IDA), has released US$ 27.8 million (about 14.9 billion CFAF), half of which is a loan and the other a donation, for the economic and environmental renovation of the Niger River. Full text...

  • World Water Forum told nearly 40% of world's population faces lack of water
    21 march 2018 12:02:52
    Brasilia, Brazil (PANA) - The report by the High Level Panel on Water (HLPW), presented at the ongoing 8th World Water Forum (WWF) in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, has warned that nearly 40% of the world's population, or 2.5 billion people, live in regions facing water scarcity. Full text...

  • FAO urges investments in urban forests to address pollution, climate change
    21 march 2018 05:52:05
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Investing in green spaces can help transform cities into more sustainable, resilient, healthy, equitable and pleasant places to live, said the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) as it celebrates International Day of Forests on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Anticipating water woes can ease migration burden - FAO
    20 march 2018 10:29:13
    Brasilia, Brazil (PANA) - Global water use has increased by a factor of six over the past century, twice the rate of population growth, and its scarcity is now a looming human challenge due to a host of factors ranging from climate change and pollution to lack of capacity and infrastructure. Full text...

  • Climate change could force over 140 million to migrate within countries by 2050 - WB report
    19 march 2018 20:00:05
    Washington, US (PANA) -- The worsening impacts of climate change in three densely populated regions of the world could see over 140 million people move within their countries’ borders by 2050, creating a looming human crisis and threatening the development process, according to a new World Bank Group report released on Monday. Full text...

  • World Water Council urges gov'ts to make water top priority for the people
    19 march 2018 13:33:56
    Brasilia, Brazil (PANA) - The World Water Council (WWC) on Monday renewed its appeal to governments of all countries to make of the access to water for every human their first priority through the increase in investment budgets in water sustainable infrastructure. Full text...

  • Five die as flash floods sweep away lorry in Kenya
    15 march 2018 14:06:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Five people died on Thursday after being swept away by flash floods while attempting to cross River Enziu in Kitui County, eastern Kenya, as heavy rains pounded the country. Full text...

  • High Level Panel on Water urges fundamental shift to avert devastating consequences
    14 march 2018 18:25:51
    New York, US (PANA) - A High Level Panel on Water consisting of 11 Heads of State and a Special Advisor has issued a New Agenda for Water Action calling for a fundamental shift in the way the world manages water so that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in particular SDG6, can be achieved. Full text...

  • Natural disasters claim 33 lives in Rwanda
    14 march 2018 18:12:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Lightning, flash floods and rainstorms have claimed at least 33 lives in Rwanda since the beginning of this year, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs said here on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Strong winds, heavy rain leave behind damages in Rwanda's capital city, Kigali
    13 march 2018 16:04:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Heavy rains, triggered by strong winds, on Tuesday pounded the Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali, knocking down trees and power lines and leaving behind several damages, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • South Africa declares drought 'national disaster'
    13 march 2018 11:38:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Minister of the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Zweli Mkhize, on Tuesday declared that the drought that has gripped the country has been declared a national disaster. Full text...

  • Kenya upscales water tower protection
    12 march 2018 15:15:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan Government is gazetting 70 water towers in different parts of the country in order to ensure that water production is boosted for now and posterity. Full text...

  • Kenya aims at 15 percent forest cover by 2022
    07 march 2018 18:58:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya government on Wednesday launched an ambitious project aimed to extend the country’s forest cover from 7 per cent to 15 per cent by 2022. Full text...

  • Cape Town taps will no longer run dry this year - Official
    07 march 2018 13:45:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Cape Town, which has experienced a major drought on Wednesday, received a welcome reprieve with news that its taps will not run dry this year. Full text...

  • Rwanda distributes humanitarian materials to flood-hit families
    06 march 2018 11:01:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan Government, in collaboration with the Rwanda Red Cross, has distributed about $18,000 worth of humanitarian aid to flood-affected households and schools in Rubavu, a district about 160 km from Kigali, in northwest Rwanda, according to an official statement released on Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN chief names former New York Mayor Bloomberg Special Envoy for Climate Action
    06 march 2018 06:33:45
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday appointed Michael R. Bloomberg, the former Mayor of New York City, as his Special Envoy for Climate Action. Full text...

  • FAO launches new tools for reporting on world’s forest resources
    05 march 2018 16:21:46
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Monday launched a new online platform for reporting on the status and trends of the world's forest resources. Full text...

  • Illicit market demand fuels commercial poaching in SADC region
    03 march 2018 12:54:24
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Significant strides made in wildlife conservation in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region face severe threat from high levels of commercial poaching and illegal trade, fuelled by the growing demand in the illicit market, the grouping’s Executive Secretary, Stergomena Lawrence Tax said on Saturday. Full text...

  • UN joins call for protection of planet’s big cats
    03 march 2018 08:09:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Big cats, the planet’s most majestic predators, are under increasing threat – mostly caused by human activities – and on this year’s World Wildlife Day, the United Nations is joining the world in raising awareness to their plight and galvanizing support for the many actions already under way to safe these iconic species. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire to take part in first International Solar Alliance summit in India
    01 march 2018 17:52:21
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Côte d'Ivoire's Vice President, Daniel Kablan Duncun, will head the Ivorian delegation to the inaugural summit of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) due to take place from 9-12 March in New Delhi, India, an official source here told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambian minister says gov’t will protect environment
    01 march 2018 12:04:48
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian minister of environment, Lamin Dibba, has said that the government is committed to protecting the natural environment in a bid to contribute to the socioe-conomic development of the country. Full text...

  • GCF approves US$84.5 million for two Zambian projects
    28 february 2018 15:08:27
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board meeting in Songdo, South Korea, has approved a combined total of US$ 84.5 million for two Zambian project proposals in agriculture and energy that Zambia submitted and triggers additional financing. Full text...

  • Southern Africa countries assess impact of severe drought
    27 february 2018 19:49:55
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – In the aftermath severe rainfall deficits recorded by the end of January 2018 across the Southern African region, countries are undertaking assessments to ascertain the impact, which is expected to be significant, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Three-day international conference on Lake Chad Basin opens in Abuja
    26 february 2018 16:18:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A three-day International Conference on Lake Chad opened on Monday in Abuja with the Nigerian government reiterating its commitment towards all programmes and policies to restore the Lake Chad Basin. Full text...

  • UNESCO commits to safeguarding Lake Chad
    22 february 2018 16:15:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is embarking on a project aimed at rehabilitating wetlands and wildlife corridors of Lake Chad. Full text...

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