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  • COP21: NEPAD hosts event combating climate change in Africa
    10 december 2015 12:53:22
    Paris, France (PANA) - The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) has hosted an event on the sidelines of the Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris to create awareness on Regional Flagship Programmes (RFPs), which are some of the interventions and initiatives required to respond to climate change in Africa. Full text...

  • COP21: Efforts advance on reaching climate change agreement, says top UN official
    10 december 2015 05:33:33
    Paris, France (PANA) - A new stage in the development of a final agreement on climate change to limit global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius or less was reached on Wednesday, according to the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials urge support to Ethiopia to mitigate devastating drought
    09 december 2015 13:41:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN has stepped up its efforts to mitigate the effects of the worst Full text...

  • COP21: Grassroots organizations spotlight women's voices at UN climate conference
    09 december 2015 05:18:18
    Paris, France (PANA) - Dozens of non-governmental organizations rallying outside the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) in Paris on Tuesday voiced the importance of bringing more women to the forefront of discussions, both in terms of who is negotiating the new climate agreement and what will be written within its pages. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief takes private sector on climate change intiatives
    08 december 2015 14:32:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The global climate change conference underway in Paris will serve to share progress made in important areas and to establish even greater ambition for the future, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told business leaders at the summit on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry calls for action on climate change
    08 december 2015 13:45:45
    New York, US (PANA) - In an exclusive recording launched as world leaders gathered Full text...

  • COP21: US$5 billion Africa plan launched at climate summit
    08 december 2015 07:27:46
    Paris, France (PANA) - The United Nations and partners on Monday a US$5 billion initiative to expand renewable energy capacity in Africa as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the UN climate change conference (COP21) in Paris that saving energy is a triple-win in the battle against global warming. Full text...

  • COP21: IFAD report says smallholder farmers need seat at climate table
    07 december 2015 17:33:02
    Paris, France (PANA) - Short-term, reactive solutions are not enough to help smallholder farmers cope with climate change, according to a new report released Monday by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Full text...

  • COP21: UNDP chief underlines need for new global agreement on climate change
    07 december 2015 15:51:47
    Paris, France (PANA) - Tackling climate change presents opportunities for green growth and jobs, new sources of exports, and stimulation of trade and innovation, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said Monday at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. Full text...

  • COP21: Bid to end routine gas flaring gets boost at COP21
    07 december 2015 14:13:36
    Paris, France (PANA) - A global initiative to end routine gas flaring (burning) at oil production sites around the world has now been endorsed by 45 oil companies, governments and others, representing potential CO2 savings of 100 million tons a year, the World Bank said Monday at the ongoing UN climate conference. Full text...

  • COP21: Climate change defining issue of our time - Ban
    07 december 2015 12:46:22
    Paris, France (PANA) - Calling climate change a defining issue of our time, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday told top government officials that the opportunity exists “to define our own destiny” at the UN climate change conference (COP21) in Paris. Full text...

  • COP21: 'Organizations to partner in 2016 to maintain momentum for multi-stakeholder climate implementation'
    06 december 2015 08:15:43
    Paris, France (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Saturday at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) that a broad group of organizations will partner in 2016 to maintain momentum for multi-stakeholder climate implementation. Full text...

  • COP21: COP21 marks 'Action Day'
    06 december 2015 08:12:58
    Paris, France (PANA) - As the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) marked 'Action Day' on Saturday with dozens of events happening throughout its sprawling venue in the north-east of Paris, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the purpose of the occasion was to highlight solutions the world “so urgently” needs. Full text...

  • COP21: IFAD report says top media fail to connect climate change, migration, food security
    04 december 2015 15:50:52
    Paris, France (PANA) – Top news media are failing to identify climate change as a contributor to some of the world’s biggest crises, including migration, food insecurity and conflict, according to a new research report funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and presented at the 21st UNCCD Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF launches digital map to help young people tell climate change stories
    04 december 2015 14:45:40
    New York, US (PANA) - A digital mapping project called "Act Now For Tomorrow", has Full text...

  • COP21: Ban urges countries to do more to reach agreement
    04 december 2015 06:36:35
    Paris, France (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has given a favourable report on the early stages of the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) in Paris, while at the same time urging both developed and developing countries to do more to reach universal agreement to mitigate the threat. Full text...

  • South Africa: Sino-African group urges for wildlife conservation at China-Africa summit
    03 december 2015 18:09:12
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - On the eve of the heads-of-state summit of the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation in South Africa, a group of respected Chinese and African civil society leaders and celebrities called the China-Africa Wildlife Conservation Council are shining a spotlight on the role of wildlife conservation in sustainable economic development. Full text...

  • UN: UN emphasizes impact of young, future generations to tackle climate change
    03 december 2015 15:56:02
    New York, US (PANA) - Halls of the UN climate change conference (COP21) in Paris, France, grew livelier on Thursday as hundreds of participants gathered to mark young and future generations day, an opportunity for youth to remind world leaders and negotiators of the need to reach an ambitious climate agreement to secure their future. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia exports banned arsenic copper concentrates to Taiwan
    03 december 2015 15:21:46
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Copper concentrates containing elevated levels of arsenic imported by Konkola Copper Mine (KCM) into Zambia has started being removed from the country, Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) confirmed Thursday. Full text...

  • COP21: Kenya clinches US$200m WB water deal
    03 december 2015 09:18:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya and the World Bank have sealed a US$200 million water supply project that will bring relief to residents of the port city of Mombasa Full text...

  • UN: UN, partners launch initiatives to protect millions of people against climate change
    02 december 2015 20:50:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and the Governments of Peru and France have announced Full text...

  • UN: UN emergency fund supports millions in countries affected by El Nino
    02 december 2015 20:07:42
    New York, US (PANA) - Following the devastating impact of El Nino, the UN Office for the Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam calls for 'more human economy' at Paris climate talks
    02 december 2015 06:25:48
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The world’s richest 10 percent produce around half of all carbon emissions while the poorest half of the world’s population - 3.5 billion people - is responsible for just 10 percent of the emissions, despite being the most threatened by the catastrophic storms, droughts, and other severe weather shocks linked to climate change, according to the findings of a new Oxfam report. Full text...

  • France: 'Revival of Lake Chad will reduce migration'
    01 december 2015 23:23:34
    Paris, France (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Paris asked developed countries to make strong financial commitments to the US$14 billion urgently needed to revive the Lake Chad and save communities dependent on the river from extinction. Full text...

  • UN: UN spotlights importance of protecting forests, agriculture to improve livelihoods
    01 december 2015 21:50:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The impact of climate change on forests and agriculture was spotlighted on Tuesday at the ongoing UN climate change conference (COP21) in Paris, France, as new alliances among organizations and stakeholders were announced with the aim of eliminating natural deforestation and forest degradation. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks African leaders on success of climate conference
    01 december 2015 13:50:29
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said African leaders have Full text...

  • France: Coal plant plans could wipe out hope of holding warming below 2˚C - warns CAT
    01 december 2015 12:51:48
    Paris, France (PANA) - If all coal plants in the pipeline were to be built, by 2030, emissions from coal power would be 400% higher than what is consistent with a 2˚C pathway, according to a new analysis released on Tuesday by the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) at the Paris Climate Summit in Paris. Full text...

  • France: Buhari approves Nigeria's INDC as world leaders gather in Paris for Climate pact
    30 november 2015 21:04:24
    Paris, France (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the submission of the country’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) to address climate change to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Full text...

  • COP 21: Buhari makes case for shrinking Lake Chad
    30 november 2015 21:01:57
    Paris, France (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Paris, France, called on world leaders to forge a united front to save Lake Chad’s ecosystem from further depletion caused by the adverse effects of climate change. Full text...

  • UN: Ban tasks world leaders on climate change pact
    30 november 2015 15:23:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Speaking on Monday at the opening of the UN climate change conference (COP21) which seeks to reach a new universal agreement to protect people and planet, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said a political moment like this may not come again. Full text...

  • Senegal: Foundation emphasizes the need for climate smart agriculture in Africa
    30 november 2015 15:15:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – As the climate change conference gets underway in Paris, France an independent foundation Monday stressed the need for climate-smart agriculture in Africa to solve the devastating effects of climate change. Full text...

  • Zambia: New funds for poor countries pour in as Paris climate talks get underway
    30 november 2015 12:57:44
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As nations gathered Monday in the French capital to reach a new and universal climate change agreement, 11 donors have pledged close to US$ 250 million in new money for adaptation support to the most vulnerable countries on the planet, giving a welcome boost to the start of the climate talks in Paris. Full text...

  • COP21: Ban says 'time for action is now'
    30 november 2015 10:09:56
    Paris, France (PANA) - As the United Nations climate change conference, widely known as COP21, opens in the French capital, Paris, on Monday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging all countries and all sectors of society to act now to reach a new universal climate agreement. Full text...

  • Malta: Commonwealth countries pledge billions to climate action
    28 november 2015 14:29:50
    Valletta, Malta (PANA) - Commonwealth countries have pledged billions to climate action at a special session on climate change at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Full text...

  • Malta: Ban tasks Commonwealth leaders for urgent action on climate change
    28 november 2015 10:27:44
    Valletta, Malta (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday took his call for urgent action on climate change to the Heads of Government of the 53-nation, 2.2-billion-people-strong Commonwealth, meeting Valletta, Malta, in declaring that the stars seemed aligned for at last making major progress on the issue. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO says indigenous people need support against climate change
    27 november 2015 18:58:38
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Full text...

  • South Africa: South African animal rights group outraged over rhino judgment
    27 november 2015 17:53:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The National Council of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) on Friday expressed outrage at a Pretoria High Court decision to allow the trade of rhino horn in the country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ugandan forest advocacy group wins One Africa Award prize
    27 november 2015 10:46:11
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The Kampala-based forest advocacy group, Support for Women in Environment and Agriculture (SWAGEN), has won the 8th ONE Annual ONE Africa Award, according to the organisers. Full text...

  • Italy: IFAD President tells meeting of Pope Francis’ encyclical on environment
    26 november 2015 19:37:17
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – As Pope Francis began his first trip to Africa this week, the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo F. Nwanze has called for unity, resilience and dignity “in the face of those who wish to divide us” at an event Thursday hosted by the Holy See on the Pope’s encyclical. Full text...

  • Kenya: Pope ‘strikes hearts’ with new call for climate change deal
    26 november 2015 18:25:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Pope Francis, on the second day of an African tour, addressed the global community on the need for a binding climate change agreement and a call for an end to wildlife trafficking, PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: UNEP chief commends Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change
    26 november 2015 18:06:41
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, on Thursday commended Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, which reminds world and business leaders and individual citizens that each one has not only the responsibility, but also moral obligation to act on what "the conscience tells to be right" in protecting the environment. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Born Free Foundation condemns S. Africa's decision to overturn rhino horn trade ban
    26 november 2015 16:29:23
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Born Free Foundation has strongly condemned the decision of the High Court in Pretoria to overturn South Africa’s domestic ban on rhino horn trade. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Pope Francis calls for "strong action" on climate change
    26 november 2015 15:45:01
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Pope Francis, currently in Kenya, on Thursday called on world leaders to seal a strong agreement at the Paris climate change meeting next month, adding that transforming current development models was a “political and economic obligation”, as he visited the global headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, according to an official statement obtained by PANA here. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzanian musician appeals for inclusion of wildlife at China-Africa Summit
    26 november 2015 09:27:16
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian singer-songwriter Ali Kiba will join a Sino-African delegation in South Africa ahead of the 6th Ministerial Conference for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) on 4-5 December 2015, PANA reported Thursday from Dar es Salaam. Full text...

  • UN: New UN guidelines to make genetic diversity part of climate change adaptation
    25 november 2015 19:22:37
    New York, US (PANA) - With the UN climate change conference in Paris just days away, Full text...

  • UN: UN weather agency delivers 'bad news' for planet, cites record heat
    25 november 2015 19:14:13
    New York, US (PANA) - In the last major report before world leaders meet in Paris to draft measures to counter global warming, the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on Wednesday delivered "bad news for the planet", warning that 2015 is likely to be the warmest year on record. Full text...

  • Senegal: World Bank unveils US$16 billion plan for Africa on climate change
    25 november 2015 12:27:19
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The World Bank (WB) Group has unveiled a new plan that calls for US$16 billion in funding to help African people and countries adapt to climate change and build up the continent's resilience to climate shocks. Full text...

  • UN: Children will bear the brunt of climate change – UNICEF report
    24 november 2015 15:46:24
    New York, US (PANA) - More than half a billion children live in areas with extremely high flood Full text...

  • UN: OCHA says floods damage affects humanitarian delivery in Central Somalia
    24 november 2015 15:16:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The floods caused by recent heavy rainfalls in South Central Somalia Full text...

  • Italy: FAO issues guidelines on conservation and use of genetic resources for food and agric
    24 november 2015 11:32:38
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - In the run-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has released new guidelines to assist countries in better conserving and sustainably using genetic resources in times of climate change. Full text...

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