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  • 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...

  • US$38m approved for Zambia’s climate-resilient growth in Kafue Sub-Basin
    27 september 2013 08:59:11
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia, with the support of the African Development Bank (AfDB), has received approval for a US$38 million infusion of support from the Climate Investment Funds’ (CIF) Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) to undertake the Strengthening Climate Resilience in the Kafue Sub-Basin project. Full text...

  • Nigeria, 4 others to implement new maritime security strategy
    26 september 2013 18:20:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Determined to effectively curtail crude oil theft, piracy and other illegalities within their territorial waters, Nigeria, Cameroon, Benin Republic, Togo and Niger are working out the implementation of a new maritime security strategy. Full text...

  • UN officials urge renewed efforts to rid world of nuclear threat
    26 september 2013 16:27:21
    New York, US (PANA) – Senior UN officials on Thursday called on member states to take renewed steps to rid the world of nuclear weapons. Full text...

  • Ban invites world leaders to climate summit next September
    25 september 2013 14:51:26
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited all world leaders to a climate summit in September, next year, to forge a new path towards a low carbon economy. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau ratifies Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty
    25 september 2013 07:48:35
    New York, US (PANA) - Guinea-Bissau has ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), bringing the total number of ratification to 160, according to Mr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). Full text...

  • Hotter world, hungrier world - Oxfam
    24 september 2013 10:30:41
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Climate change will leave families caught in a vicious spiral of falling incomes, rising food prices, and declining quality of food, leading to a devastating impact on the health of millions, international charity Oxfam has warned. Full text...

  • 4 African nations agree to UN-backed plan on key water resources
    18 september 2013 15:05:12
    New York, US (PANA) – Four African nations -- Chad, Egypt, Libya and Sudan -- on Wednesday agreed to a UN-backed plan that seeks to optimize the use of a key underground aquifer system and improve the management of water resources. Full text...

  • Compensation talks between Shell, Nigerian oil community deadlocked
    14 september 2013 10:52:55
    Port Harcourt, Nigeria (PANA) - Compensation talks between Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell and the Bodo community in Nigeria's oil-rich Rivers State have ended in a deadlock, after the fishing community which suffered an oil spill in 2008 rejected the 300,000 Naira (US$1,875) per family offered by the oil firm. Full text...

  • Tanzania receives Climate Investment Funds
    12 september 2013 20:49:49
    Tunis, Tunisia, (PANA) - The Republic of Tanzania on Thursday received endorsement from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) of an investment plan which will help the country to scale-up the development of its abundant renewable energy resources, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has said. Full text...

  • Flooding imminent in 4 States in northern Nigeria - Met Services
    12 september 2013 18:56:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Citing the saturation of soil moisture, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency Thursday warned of imminent flooding in four States in northern Nigeria -- Bauchi, Kaduna, Plateau and Gombe. Full text...

  • Africa gears for 2013 talks on global climate change
    10 september 2013 08:37:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Sustained actions are needed to ensure that Africa’s position in all international events related to ongoing negotiations on climate change and development is informed by science and deep reflection, a meeting of senior officials and technical experts from lead institutions of the continent has agreed. Full text...

  • Darfur: Body of missing UNAMID peacekeeper recovered
    06 september 2013 07:11:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The body of a United Nations/African Union peacekeeper who went missing while assisting flood victims has been recovered in Darfur, Sudan, the UN said in a statement here on Friday. Full text...

  • Oldest land-living animal identified in South Africa
    05 september 2013 08:47:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - An academic from Wits University in South Africa, Dr. Robert Gess, has discovered the oldest known land-living animal from Gondwana in a remote part of the country's Eastern Cape. Full text...

  • Flood displaces over 100,000 people in 3 Nigerian states
    05 september 2013 08:21:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Flood has displaced 105,700 people so far this year in three Nigerian northern states of Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba, according to Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Muhammed Sani Sidi. Full text...

  • 'Southern Africa could be hardest hit by rising temperatures'
    04 september 2013 15:40:51
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Southern Africa could be the hardest hit by rising temperatures from climate change, leaving many to wonder what this means for agriculture and challenging questions for policymakers, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) said in its latest book. Full text...

  • UN deputy chief stresses importance of sanitation
    02 september 2013 18:13:55
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Monday stressed the importance of addressing the issue of sanitation and open defecation to ensure a safe and secured environment. Full text...

  • UN, partners assist thousands affected by floods in Sudan
    27 august 2013 21:14:22
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN and its partners in Sudan are providing emergency support for hundreds of thousands of people affected by flooding since the start of August, the world body said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius faces water problems following poor rains
    24 august 2013 12:22:55
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Water resources in Mauritius have dwindled over the past several months following poor rains and there is the need for the population to conserve the precious resource, the chairman of the Central Water Board, Prem Saddul, said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Tanzania declares Elephant Day to curb illegal ivory trade
    23 august 2013 13:31:29
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania has officially designated 22 Aug. as its Elephant Day to be observed annually to raise public awareness on the need for the giant mammal’s survival, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism has said. Full text...

  • UNDP official: 770 million people still lack access to improved water sources
    21 august 2013 20:59:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Associate Administrator, Ms. Rebecca Grynspan, says water is at the heart of a daily crisis faced by millions of the most vulnerable people in the world, which is also threatening life and livelihoods, peace and human security. Full text...

  • New maritime labour convention comes into force - ILO
    20 august 2013 18:19:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Labour Organisation's Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006) came into force on Tuesday, setting a new era of decent work for seafarers and fair competition for shipowners in the global shipping industry. Full text...

  • 'Vital aid reaches 12,000 flood victims in Sudan'
    17 august 2013 12:36:02
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Crescent on Saturday said humanitarian and emergency aid assistance has now reached hundreds of people affected by recent floods in and outside Khartoum, the Sudanese capital. Full text...

  • UN says more people affected by flash floods in Sudan
    15 august 2013 13:26:21
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Humanitarian and international organizations Thursday said 33 people were killed and more than 140,000 others affected by recent rains and flash floods in the Sudan, with Khartoum, the capital, sustaining most of the damages. Full text...

  • Nigerian state slams Amnesty International over forced evication claim
    14 august 2013 08:48:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's most populous state, Lagos, has slammed Amnesty International for claiming that 9,000 residents of a slum in the eponymous capital were forcefully evicted and made to lose their homes or livelihoods. Full text...

  • Heavy rains wash away 315 houses, farm lands in Mali village
    13 august 2013 17:03:11
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Heavy rains Sunday pounded Sibougou village in central Mali, destroying 315 houses and causing the collapse of 15 food storage facilities, the Malian news agency (AMAP) reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 'Ivory tusks seized in Togo are from Chad'
    13 august 2013 13:03:58
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Most of the 705.5kg of Ivory tusks seized on 6 August by the Togolese police in Lome came from Chad, the suspected smuggler, 58-year-old Emile N’Bouke, said. Full text...

  • South Africa suffers two shipwrecks
    13 august 2013 12:19:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South African coastal authorities have their hands full with two shipwrecks occurring on the Western Cape coast, as heavy storms batter the region. Full text...

  • Global MPs on habitat meet in Tanzania
    13 august 2013 10:02:01
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - About 150 legislators, representatives of the civil society, the UN Habitat and environmentalists from across Africa are due in Arusha, northern Tanzania, this weekend to mark the Silver Jubilee of the Global Parliamentarians on Habitat (GPH), the secretariat of the East African Community (EAC) announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • US commends Togo for efforts to halt illegal ivory trade in West Africa
    09 august 2013 10:49:08
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has commended the Togolese authorities on their recent efforts to halt the illegal trade of ivory in West Africa by arresting a notorious wildlife trafficker on 6 Aug. Full text...

  • WB approves US$340m for power project in key African region
    07 august 2013 06:23:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Bank has approved US$340 million for a hydroelectric project that aims to benefit 62 million people in Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania. Full text...

  • Clinton, daughter tour African Wildlife Foundation projects in Zambia
    03 august 2013 12:42:49
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Former US President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea, on Friday visited conservation projects of the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) in Zambia, a visit that will surely put the spotlight on the important work of the Foundation. Full text...

  • Mauritanian appointed new UNEP Deputy Executive Director
    03 august 2013 06:04:29
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday announced the appointment of Ibrahim Thiaw of Mauritania as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Full text...

  • Mauritania launches campaign to plant 5,000 trees
    02 august 2013 22:12:07
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Some 5,000 fruit and non-fruit trees will be planted in Mauritania as part of activities marking the national tree planting week launched on Friday on the theme "Growing green again in our cities”, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Summit addresses Africa’s marine debris problem
    01 august 2013 09:51:43
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The first African Marine Debris Summit, which ended in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday highlighted the urgent need for a collective action against the problem of marine debris facing the continent. Full text...

  • Kigali hosts international conference on preservation of humid zones
    08 july 2013 23:00:48
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – The first international conference on preservation of ecosystems of humid zones to fight against their loss or degradation opened on Monday in Kigali with participants expected to look at the application of the Ramsar convention for the preservation of biodiversity of humid areas. Full text...

  • New UN report says 'unprecedented climate extremes' witnessed in 2001-2010
    03 july 2013 18:10:12
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN report, launched on Wednesday, said that the world experienced "unprecedented high-impact climate extremes" between 2001 and 2010 and more national temperature records were broken during that period than in any other decade. Full text...

  • ECA study to focus on climate change challenges
    30 june 2013 14:16:54
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As part of the Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA's) contribution to the forthcoming third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the African Centre for Climate Change Policy (ACPC) is preparing a study that takes a comprehensive look at climate and development challenges in SIDS. Full text...

  • Tunisian heads Green Climate Fund secretariat
    26 june 2013 14:31:50
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Board of the Green Climate Fund on Wednesday appointed Ms. Hela Cheikhrouhou of Tunisia as the Fund’s first Executive Director. Full text...

  • Bamako to host conference on management of dangerous waste
    25 june 2013 20:47:38
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The preparatory meeting ahead of the first conference of the Bamako Convention involving countries accepting to ban the import of dangerous goods kicked off on Tuesday in Bamako under the chairmanship of Mali’s Environment and Sanitation minister, Ousmane Ag Rhissa. Full text...

  • Central African states to meet on Green Economy Project
    25 june 2013 20:39:31
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – A conference bringing together the ministries of Finance and Economy of member states of the Economic Community of Central African States is due to be hosted in Brazzaville on 1-3 July to discuss the Fund for Green Economy in Central Africa, official sources on Tuesday told PANA. Full text...

  • IMO spotlights invaluable contribution of world’s seafarers
    25 june 2013 17:39:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) on Tuesday marked the International Day of the Seafarer, with a campaign that harnesses the power of social media to highlight the sheer diversity and scale of products used in everyday life that travel by sea. Full text...

  • WWF hails efforts to end elephant poaching in Congo
    23 june 2013 15:08:07
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Two elephant poachers were arrested early this month as the authorities in Congo stepped up the war against the crime, the Ministry of Forestry has announced. Full text...

  • Mauritians receive bins to promote compost-making
    20 june 2013 15:35:55
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Maurice Ile Durable (MID) Fund in Mauritius has distributed a total of 12,000 bins across the island to enable the people produce compost from waste generated at home, PANA reported Thursday from here. Full text...

  • Egypt, Ethiopia reach understanding on Blue Nile grand dam
    18 june 2013 09:53:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam being constructed on the Blue Nile River will be used for power generation purposes in a way that addresses Egypt’s water security concerns, Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus assured at a meeting here Tuesday with his Egyptian counterpart, Mohamed Kamel Amr. Full text...

  • UN chief urges global action to increase response to drought
    17 june 2013 20:45:33
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday said countries must work collectively to build resilience and prepare themselves against drought and its adverse effects on communities. Full text...

  • UN climate change body sees 'concrete progress' on new agreement
    15 june 2013 16:15:58
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) says it has made "concrete progress" towards a new universal agreement on climate change during its latest round of talks which wrapped up on Friday in Bonn, Germany. Full text...

  • Congo gets FCFA 20.3b French funds for various projects
    12 june 2013 11:18:22
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government and the French Development Agency (AFD) on Tuesday signed three agreements in Brazzaville totalling FCFA 20.3 billion (about US$40 million) for various projects, a government statement said. Full text...

  • Ghana to deport some 200 Chinese illegal miners
    10 june 2013 17:08:51
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Some Chinese are to be deported after they were arrested for being involved in illegal small-scale mining in southern Ghana over the past several weeks, the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) announced on Monday. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for protection of marine environment
    09 june 2013 14:25:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the international community to do more to reverse degradation of the marine environment, which influences virtually all aspects of life on the planet. Full text...

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