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  • US: Ban adopts lion cub to support efforts against wildlife trafficking
    29 june 2014 21:42:32
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has adopted a lion cub in the Nairobi Full text...

  • Kenya: UN chief hails Kenya for supporting environmental conservation effort
    28 june 2014 15:20:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has hailed Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Government for supporting the global effort in environmental conservation. Full text...

  • E. Guinea: Ban hails AU Summit's resolve to fight climate change
    27 june 2014 10:20:06
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon has praised African leaders for their commitment to the fight against climate change, ahead of a key summit in September to try to bridge global differences over a binding climate change treaty. Full text...

  • Kenya: EC, UNEP strengthen cooperation
    26 june 2014 16:57:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, and EU Commissioner for Environment Janez Potočnik have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reinforce the collaboration between the European Commission and UNEP in the field of environment and climate change. Full text...

  • Kenya: East Africa joins anti-timber trade fight
    26 june 2014 12:47:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - High-level government representatives from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania Thursday announced their intention to work together, along with INTERPOL and UN agencies, to curb the illegal timber trade that is stripping East Africa of one of its most valuable natural resources. Full text...

  • Kenya: Mongolia's Sanjaasuren elected UNEA president
    25 june 2014 15:13:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Dr. Oyun Sanjaasuren, the Minister of Environment and Green Development of Mongolia, has been elected the first president of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA). Full text...

  • Cameroon: FDA grants Cameroon 52b CFAF loan to deal with floods in Yaounde
    25 june 2014 14:16:52
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - The French Development Agency (FDA) has granted Cameroon a 52.4b CFA francs loan with which to fight against floods in Yaounde, the Cameroonian capital. Full text...

  • UN: UNEP meeting raises red flag on plastic waste
    25 june 2014 08:32:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Concern is growing over the threat that widespread plastic waste poses to marine life, with conservative estimates of the overall financial damage of plastics to marine ecosystems standing at US$13 billion each year. Full text...

  • UN: Report says illegal trade in wildlife, timber products funding armed groups
    24 june 2014 21:55:02
    New York, US (PANA) - A new joint UN-INTERPOL report says global environmental crime, worth more than US$200 billion annually, is helping finance criminal, militia and terrorist groups and threatening the security and sustainable development of many nations, notably in sub-Saharan Africa, Full text...

  • Kenya: Environmental crime threatening sustainable development, says UNEP
    24 june 2014 17:16:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Global environmental crime, worth up to US$213 billion each year, is helping finance criminal, militia and terrorist groups and threatening the security and sustainable development of many nations, UNEP and Interpol, said in a report Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Germany provides 1m euros for endangered wildlife protection
    24 june 2014 11:57:33
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Germany has pledged a 1-million-euro grant to Tanzania in support of government efforts to protect endangered wildlife in the 50,000-square-kilometre Selous Game Reserve, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Prime minister concerned about environmental crisis
    23 june 2014 21:08:07
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian Prime minister, Mehdi Jomâa, on Monday expressed disappointment about the environmental situation in the country, and said emergency measures to tackle the problem would be strictly implemented. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Experts meet in Mauritius on marine, coastal management
    23 june 2014 15:37:43
    Ebene, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Environment Minister Deva Virahsawmy Monday, said climate change is having serious repercussion on the economic competitiveness of Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) and is affecting them on their respective sustainable development pathways. Full text...

  • Belgium: Director of Virunga national park received at the European Commission
    19 june 2014 21:02:23
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Prince Emmanuel De Mérode, director of the Congolese national park of Virunga, in Kivu region, on Thursday called on the European Commissioner for development, Andris Piebalgs, according to a statement issued by the EU. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to host conference on environment in Africa
    19 june 2014 20:50:25
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius will on Monday host a meeting on the management of environment and security in Africa (MESA). Full text...

  • US: US NGO provides water to save elephants in Mali
    18 june 2014 21:19:28
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A US non-governmental organization, Wild Foundation, has completed water projects in Haribomro, Inadiatafane and Bambara-Maoudé in the Timbuktu region of northern Mali to provide water to elephants. Full text...

  • Libya: International meeting on environment and oil industry opens
    17 june 2014 20:55:37
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The second international conference on the oil industry devoted to the assessment of the environmental impact of the oil industry opened on Tuesday in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Côte-d’Ivoire: King Hassan II Great World Water Prize launched
    16 june 2014 19:48:25
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Morocco and the World Water Council (WWC) have launched the fifth edition of the King Hassan II Great World Water Prize, according to a statement issued on Monday. Full text...

  • Zambia: UN climate talks end in Bonn
    15 june 2014 16:48:28
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The two-week long UN climate change negotiations focusing on urbanization and land use as pathways to raise the pre-2020 ambition, ended on Sunday in Bonn, Germany, with governments requesting that the elements of a draft global treaty due to be signed in Paris in 2015 be made available by July in advance of the next meetings in Bonn this October. Full text...

  • Senegal: Malian President calls for action to save Niger River
    15 june 2014 14:37:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta on Sunday called on the international community to save the river Niger from the harmful effects of the creeping Sahara desert, warning that this vital source of water may disappear. Full text...

  • Congo: French company to build wood social houses in Congo
    13 june 2014 17:12:05
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The French company, Kymppi, which specializes in building wood houses, will set up shop in the Congolese western region of Cuvette, sources at the Congolese ministry of Forest economy and Sustainable development told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Norway accepts amendment to Kyoto Protocol for second commitment period
    13 june 2014 16:36:17
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Norway has become the 11th Party to the Kyoto Protocol (KP), formally accepting the amendment to the Protocol adopted at the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar, in 2012, which paved the way for the KP's second commitment period. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Bush fire ravages forest, agricultural areas
    12 june 2014 15:56:55
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - A total of 25 bush incidents, nine of which occurred in forest areas and 16 in areas of cereal crops, destroyed about 300 hectares of land during the first 11 days of June, the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture said. Full text...

  • Congo: Authorities plan new forest policy
    12 june 2014 15:01:54
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese government, in partnership with the United nations food and agriculture organization (FAO), plans to implement a new forest policy adapted to the international norms in a bid to tackle the challenges linked to the sustainable management of the forests, a communiqué released Thursday in Brazzaville indicated. Full text...

  • Zambia: Civil society questions if UN Climate Deal will help food security in Africa
    11 june 2014 15:51:42
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Civil society observers gathered in the German city of Bonn for the UN climate change negotiations, have warned that new climate rules could threaten even greater hunger in Africa, if they were not carefully crafted to protect the rights of small-scale farmers. Full text...

  • UN: Ban tasks member states on Law of the Sea
    09 june 2014 22:23:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the upcoming 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the landmark treaty, known as the "Constitution for the Oceans", UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday encouraged member states to recommit to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Full text...

  • Mali: Floods hit 400 households in Bamako
    09 june 2014 16:02:33
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Some 400 households in Bamako, the Malian capital, have been affected by the heavy rains which fell here Monday, according to a communique issued by the Malian ministry of Health and Public Hygiene. Full text...

  • Tanzania: LDCs want Obama to affirm US commitment at climate change talks
    05 june 2014 16:19:54
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Success of upcoming global negotiations on climate change, scheduled for Lima, Peru, in 2014 and Paris, France, in 2015, will depend on the proactive and early participation of presidents and prime ministers in the process, according to Gambia’s Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Water Resources, Parks and Wildlife, Pa Ousman Jarju. Full text...

  • UN: Ban, others task people on World Environment Day
    05 june 2014 14:31:47
    New York US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Thursday urged individuals, Full text...

  • US: UN forum seeks to mobilise investment, action for sustainable energy for all
    04 june 2014 19:45:01
    New York, US (PANA) - Over 1,000 participants from government, business, international Full text...

  • Tanzania: LDC Group calls for urgent action to limit global temperature increases
    03 june 2014 18:19:36
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Calling for urgent action to save the world’s poorest, the Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDG) Group at the UN climate change negotiations Monday urged governments to make use of the latest science to limit global temperature increases to a level that will save the poorest countries in the world. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'Small Islands States should unite against natural catastrophes'
    03 june 2014 13:46:31
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Philippe Boullé, technical adviser on sustainable development to the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), said Tuesday that Small Islands States cannot act alone on natural catastrophes because they are too small. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: AU warns states to tread cautiously on nuclear power plants
    30 may 2014 15:49:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has cautioned against a rush to nuclear power plants because of the financial burden such projects are likely to have on the economies of countries. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Indian Ocean Islands raise voice on Sustainable Development
    27 may 2014 16:35:08
    Ebene, Mauritius (PANA) – The Secretary-General of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), Jean-Claude de L'Estrac, said Tuesday that the IOC will raise its "insular" voice at the third international conference of Small Islands Developing States (SIDS), scheduled for September in Samoa Islands, "so that our interests be taken on board in the world development agenda for the period 2015-2030". Full text...

  • UN: Global weather agency warns on rising greenhouse gas emission
    27 may 2014 16:03:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has said that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has crossed a new threshold, warning that time is running out to curb rising greenhouse gas emissions. Full text...

  • Senegal: NGO deplores poor access to water, sanitation in Africa
    26 may 2014 16:10:47
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The deputy executive director of the international NGO, Wateraid, Girish Menon, on Monday deplored the failure of African government policies on access to water and sanitation, one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Full text...

  • Senegal: African water week opens in Senegal
    26 may 2014 15:05:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The fifth African water week opened here Monday, bringing together delegations from several African and European countries and international non-governmental organizations operating in the domain of water and sanitation. Full text...

  • Congo: Forum recommends development of green economy in Central Africa
    23 may 2014 20:30:26
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Participants at the 5th edition of the International Green Business Forum, who met on 20-22 May in Congolese southern city of Pointe-Noire, have recommended the development of a green economy in the sub-region, Radio Congo reported on Friday. Full text...

  • Senegal: African water week to open in Dakar on Monday
    23 may 2014 14:55:19
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The fifth African water week will be held from 26 to 31 May in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, on the initiative of the African ministers Council of Water (AMCOW) in collaboration with the African Union (AU), says a statement obtained by PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Africa still lags behind in achieving Water and Sanitation for All MDG
    22 may 2014 20:38:43
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation is unlikely to be attained by many African countries as they are still facing a huge infrastructure gap which constrains the continent’s ability to unleash the full potential of its vast water resources. Full text...

  • Environment: International community urged to preserve biodiversity
    22 may 2014 20:28:24
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Henri Djombo, on Thursday in Pointe-Noire urged the international community to preserve biological diversity, saying that biological resources were subjected to stronger human pressures which have contributed to their exhaustion. Full text...

  • US: UN adopts new global platform to tackle wildlife, forest crime
    21 may 2014 21:43:33
    New York, US (PANA) - In response to the rising levels of illicit trafficking of fauna and flora, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has adopted a new global platform taking aim at tackling all form of organised crime from poaching to timber smuggling and money laundering. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Four die in storm
    20 may 2014 12:38:22
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Four people died and two others were injured in a storm in the city of Kairouan and the outskirts in central Tunisia, official sources said Tuesday in Tunis. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC sign agreement on biodiversity conservation
    15 may 2014 21:03:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Countries responsible for the conservation of biodiversity within the the Greater Virunga, shared by Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on Thursday signed a cooperation agreement to protect endangered species. Full text...

  • UN: UNODC says wildlife crime worth US$10 billion annually
    14 may 2014 15:32:48
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), has urged the international community to "come together at the highest political level" to halt the escalation of wildlife and forest crime. Full text...

  • Gambia: 'Knowledge about weather, climate is crucial'
    13 may 2014 21:26:09
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Advance knowledge about the weather and climate is crucial to all sectors, in particular for agriculture and food security, disaster risk reduction and water resources management, Gambia’s Minister of Fisheries and Water Resource said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNDP chief says community initiatives key to wildlife management
    12 may 2014 09:39:27
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Community-based natural resource management is key to a long-term solution to elephant poaching and illegal wildlife trade, according to UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark. Full text...

  • UN: WTO urges tourists to protect migratory birds
    10 may 2014 18:40:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Tourism Organisation (WTO) on Saturday highlighted the role sustainable tourism can play in conserving one of the world's true natural wonders, the spectacular movements of migratory birds along their flyways. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNDP chief calls for global action to save African wildlife
    10 may 2014 14:45:12
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Strengthened governance is critical to combating the global menace of illegal trade in wildlife products, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said in Dar es Salaam on Saturday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Govt. seeks int'l support to stop elephant poaching
    09 may 2014 17:16:38
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Concerned that its tourism industry is at risk of collapse due to a surge in poaching, Tanzania Friday appealed for international support to save and protect the endangered elephant herd. Full text...

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