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  • UN: El Niño has put world in 'uncharted territory,' UN relief chief says
    08 january 2016 06:02:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The top UN relief official has urged the international community to act now to help millions of people facing food insecurity following the disastrous effects of the current El Niño weather phenomenon. Full text...

  • Botswana: Health officials caution public on rising heat wave in Botswana
    07 january 2016 18:53:34
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s Ministry of Health has cautioned the southern Africa nation of possible hazards from the ongoing extreme heat waves. Full text...

  • Botswana: Record-breaking heatwave to hit Botswana
    04 january 2016 13:51:10
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s Department of Meteorological Services has warned the nation of another impeding heatwave that could see temperatures reach as high as 43°C. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Born Free Foundation declares 2016 Year of the Lion
    04 january 2016 13:47:36
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - On the 50th anniversary of the iconic, award-winning motion picture, Born Free, the Born Free Foundation and Born Free USA have declared '2016 The Year of the Lion'. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Ban on plastic bags in Mauritius takes effect from 1 Jan. 2016
    31 december 2015 14:29:05
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The use of plastic bags will be banned in Mauritius as from Friday, 1 January, 2016, PANA learnt Thursday from sources close to the Environment and Sustainable Development Ministry in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • UN: 'People of African descent must be fully included in climate change decisions'
    30 december 2015 13:55:22
    New York, US (PANA) - People of African descent, often the poorest and most marginalized in the society, are among those set to be most adversely affected by climate change, yet they Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam says weather, war put humanitarian system under unprecedented strain
    30 december 2015 06:54:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The effects of a super El Niño are set to put the world’s humanitarian system under an unprecedented level of strain in 2016 as it already struggles to cope with the fallout from conflicts in Syria, South Sudan, Yemen and elsewhere, global humanitarian agency Oxfam has warned. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 'Include people of African descent in climate change decisions'
    30 december 2015 06:14:01
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - People of African descent, often the poorest and most marginalized in society, are among those set to be most adversely affected by climate change, yet they barely figured in the recent Paris climate summit, a United Nations expert group warned on Tuesday, calling for their full inclusion. Full text...

  • UN: 'Recent unusual weather worldwide calls for urgent preventive action' - UN official
    29 december 2015 18:47:20
    New York, US (PANA) - Extreme tornadoes in the US over Christmas, abnormal snowfalls Full text...

  • Ghana: Domestic airlines advised to suspend flights as harmattan intensifies
    28 december 2015 07:02:25
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - With harmattan conditions reducing visibility to only a few hundred metres in Ghana, the Ghana Meteorological Services Agency is asking domestic airline operators to once again suspend flights to the country's regional airports which are not equipped with instrument landing systems. Full text...

  • Ghana: Government again threatens plastic ban
    28 december 2015 05:27:26
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - As plastic products continue to pose environmental hazard in Ghana, the Government is once again threatening to ban its production if manufacturers do not agree and implement their sustainable disposal. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Born Free Foundation hails U.S. decision to list African lions as endangered
    22 december 2015 17:56:51
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Born Free Foundation on Tuesday applauded the decision of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to list African lions under the US Endangered Species Act (ESA). Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies collaborate to help Sudan mitigate climate change
    21 december 2015 19:11:26
    New York, US (PANA) - Two UN agencies on Monday announced a cooperation agreement Full text...

  • Tanzania: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service takes action to save Africa's endangered two lion subspecies
    21 december 2015 17:09:52
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - With Africa’s lion population expected to drop by half over the next couple of decades, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced on Monday it would list two lion subspecies under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to provide protections for Africa's dwindling lion populations through stricter sport-hunting regulations and law enforcement. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR stresses need to tackle displacement by floods, drought
    16 december 2015 19:25:14
    New York, US (PANA) - With conflicts in the Middle East and Africa driving unprecedented Full text...

  • COP21: UN Assembly President vows to begin 'hard work' to implement agreement
    16 december 2015 09:53:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the 193-member United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday vowed to begin the hard work of carrying out the Paris Agreement on climate change, reminding the world that at a time of great division, the unity, leadership and collective responsibility demonstrated in the French capital should not be forgotten. Full text...

  • COP21: Ban calls Paris agreement 'a health insurance policy for the planet'
    15 december 2015 05:14:44
    New York, US (PANA) - Calling the Paris Agreement on climate change “a health insurance policy for the planet,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday he never lost faith over his nine years in office that the international community could rise to the challenge and take steps to curb emission and boost climate-resilient growth. Full text...

  • COP21: IMF boss urges prompt price on carbon right
    13 december 2015 09:18:49
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Stating that the Paris Agreement on global climate change is a critical step forward, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde, has said her "key message is to price carbon right and to do it now". Full text...

  • COP21: Ban hails Paris agreement as 'monumental triumph'
    13 december 2015 06:21:24
    Paris, France (PANA) - Following the adoption of the new Paris Agreement on climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said government representatives made history on Saturday. Full text...

  • COP21: WWF urges immediate steps to follow up UN climate conference
    12 december 2015 20:04:53
    Paris, France (PANA) - World governments finalized a global agreement Saturday in Paris that lays a foundation for long-term efforts to fight climate change, but more effort is needed to secure a path that would limit warming to 1.5C, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said. Full text...

  • COP21: With climate change agreement in sight, UN chief tells Governments to 'finish the job'
    12 december 2015 16:17:19
    Paris, France (PANA) - As the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) reached its final hours, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told delegates Saturday that the world has been presented a “historic” document which promises to set it on a new path to a low-emissions, climate-resilient future. Full text...

  • COP21: Angola named as global host of World Environment Day 2016
    11 december 2015 14:06:48
    Paris, France (PANA) - Angola, which is seeking to conserve its biodiversity-rich wildlife and rebuild its elephant population, will host the 2016 World Environment Day (WED) celebrations, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Angolan government have announced at the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris. Full text...

  • COP21: UN chief encouraged by progress of talks at climate change conference
    11 december 2015 13:45:55
    Paris, France (PANA) - Encouraged by progress of the talks at the UN climate change conference (COP21) in Paris, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that the climate negotiations were perhaps the most significant and complex ever attempted. Full text...

  • COP21: Ban calls on civil society to keep their governments accountable
    10 december 2015 15:50:30
    Paris, France (PANA) - Meeting with civil society groups Thursday at the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) in Paris, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he counts on these groups to help keep governments accountable, so they implement what they have committed to in words. Full text...

  • 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...

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