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  • 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...

  • Kenya translocates 21 jumbos to curb human-wildlife conflict
    21 february 2018 14:48:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The Kenya Government on Wednesday began translocating 21 elephants from the Mount Kenya region to the Indian Ocean coast in a bid to end human-wildlife conflict. Full text...

  • Storms destroy homes, crops in northeast Rwanda
    14 february 2018 12:07:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Heavy rains have damaged large acres of crops, destroyed 26 houses and affected dozens of people in Ntoma, a village in northeastern Rwanda, officials said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • For Valentine’s Day, UNEP urges everyone to ‘break up’ with single-use plastic
    13 february 2018 06:14:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - As many countries prepare to mark Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is calling on people to end their “toxic relationship” with single-use plastic and find “new love,” with more environmentally sustainable options. Full text...

  • Rights body demands justice for Abidjan toxic waste victims
    31 january 2018 15:47:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Eleven years after 540,000 litres of toxic waste were dumped in Côte d’Ivoire’s economic capital, Abidjan, victims are still in the dark about the potential long-term impacts on their health, Amnesty International said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Drought, conflict drive high humanitarian needs in Horn of Africa
    29 january 2018 16:32:02
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Persistent drought, complex conflict and political dynamics continue to drive high humanitarian needs and serious protection concerns in the Horn of Africa, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said in a new report released on Monday. Full text...

  • Torrential rains hit Mauritius
    25 january 2018 08:13:13
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Torrential rains have since Wednesday night lashed Mauritius, flooding hundreds of homes in various parts of the island, PANA reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • South Africa's Western Cape grapples with crippling drought
    24 january 2018 08:09:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Western Cape, which is facing its worst drought in history, has called on President Jacob Zuma to declare a national disaster if the city of Cape Town runs out of water. Full text...

  • Central Africa’s iconic mammals threatened by poachers, armed groups – UNEP
    20 january 2018 08:06:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Elephants, giraffes, rhinos and other magnificent mammals targeted in wildlife conservation areas of Central Africa are under threat of extinction, caught in the crosshairs of armed groups and highly-militarized poachers, the United Nations environment wing warned on Friday. Full text...

  • Near-record warm temperatures fuel deadly, costly weather events in 2017 – UN
    18 january 2018 22:10:20
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The upward trend in global temperatures marked by record-shattering warmth in 2015 and 2016 kept pace last year, with the United Nations weather agency warning Thursday that continued pressure on the Arctic in 2017 will have “profound and long-lasting repercussions on sea levels, and on weather patterns in other parts of the world.” Full text...

  • Indigenous rights must be respected in Kenya’s climate change project, say UN experts
    15 january 2018 18:07:27
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Three independent experts appointed by the UN have expressed concerns about recent reports that indigenous Sengwer peoples in western Kenya have been attacked and forcibly evicted from their homes. Full text...

  • Rwandan researchers introduce steps to boost climate science
    15 january 2018 12:05:20
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A team of researchers at University of Rwanda’s College of Science and Technology (CST) has developed a new bottom–up modeling approach to climate change that will focus on improving the country's research capacity in Astrophysics, Space, an official source confirmed on Monday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN agencies aim to protect 'foundations for life' on Earth
    10 january 2018 22:36:32
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Two United Nations agencies are teaming up in a major new initiative taking on the herculean task of combatting environmental health risks, which claim an estimated 12.6 million lives a year. Full text...

  • Rwanda's volcanoes national park expanded to improve conservation programme
    10 january 2018 15:34:20
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - In a move to improve wildlife conservation programme while protecting the endangered mountain gorillas, Rwanda's volcanoes national park has been expanded to an additional 27.8 hectares, an official source confirmed Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Rwanda Met. Dept. warns of torrential rains
    05 january 2018 10:54:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda Meteorological Department on Friday warned of heavy rains across the country. Full text...

  • Early action key to preventing El Nino, La Nina crises - UN official
    03 january 2018 06:55:12
    New York, USA (PANA) – La Niña is expected to impact weather around the world in 2018, a United Nations relief official has said, urging governments and the international community to act early to mitigate the impacts from this potentially destructive weather pattern and its counterpart, El Niño. Full text...

  • Kenyan authorities begin eviction of ethnic Sengwer community from Mau forest
    28 december 2017 16:29:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A forest-dwelling community in Kenya's Rift Valley region, known as the Sengwer, has accused the government of using forestry guards to force out its members from the forests under the guise of saving forests to fight climate change. Full text...

  • Malawi’s capital gears for better water supply, sanitation
    21 december 2017 18:41:24
    Lilongwe, Malawi (PANA) - Half a million residents of Malawi’s capital city, Lilongwe, are set to benefit from improved water services and safely managed sanitation through a US$100 million project financed by the World Bank. Full text...

  • Arctic forever changed by rapidly warming climate – UN weather agency
    20 december 2017 22:27:37
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The Arctic continued in 2017 to warm at double the rate of the global temperature increase, resulting in the second warmest air temperatures, above average ocean temperatures, loss of sea ice, and a range of human, ocean and ecosystem effects, according to the United Nations weather agency. Full text...

  • Three killed in Rwanda's Cassiterite mine collapse
    19 december 2017 15:23:39
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Three illegal miners were killed when a Cassiterite mine collapsed in Rwanda's northwestern district of Rubavu, according to a senior local administrative official in the region. Full text...

  • Botswana allays advocating for ivory stockpiles sale
    14 december 2017 12:53:18
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has denied reports alleging that the country will put pressure on Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species (CITES) to allow the sale of ivory stockpiles. Full text...

  • Electronic waste poses ‘growing risk’ to environment, human health, UN report warns
    13 december 2017 21:36:55
    New York, USA (PANA) – The growing volume of electronic waste, including discarded products with a battery or plug, such as mobile phones, laptops, televisions, refrigerators and electrical toys, poses a major threat to the environment and human health, the United Nations warned on Wednesday. Full text...

  • France, FAO renew partnership on sustainable agriculture, climate change
    13 december 2017 11:10:09
    Paris, France (PANA) - France and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have renewed the blueprint for their collaboration, putting climate change, sustainable agriculture, the eradication of hunger, rural development and efficient use of natural resources at the center of their joint strategic actions in coming years. Full text...

  • Time running out for construction sector to cut energy use, meet climate goals – UN
    13 december 2017 06:47:20
    Paris, France (PANA) – The clock is ticking on efforts to reform the buildings and construction sector's energy performance and keep the Paris Agreement on track, new United Nations-backed research revealed on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Green business key to winning war on climate change – UN chief
    12 december 2017 19:52:06
    Paris, France (PANA) – Those who fail to bet on a green economy will be living in a grey future, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned on Tuesday, calling for greater ambition by governments, civil society, the private sector and finance partners to help tackle the global climate challenge. Full text...

  • Buhari to attend One Planet Summit in Paris
    10 december 2017 13:31:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will participate, alongside over 50 world leaders, in the One Planet Summit in Paris, France, taking place on Tuesday. Full text...

  • World commits to pollution-free planet at environment summit
    06 december 2017 18:32:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The world on Wednesday committed to a pollution-free planet at the close of the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, with resolutions and pledges promising to improve the lives of billions across the globe by cleaning up air, land and water. Full text...

  • Careless disposal of antibiotics could produce ‘ferocious superbugs’ - UNEP
    05 december 2017 21:21:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Growing antimicrobial resistance linked to the discharge of drugs and some chemicals into the environment is one of the most worrying health threats today, according to new research from the United Nations that highlights emerging challenges and solutions in environment. Full text...

  • Rwanda inaugurates first ever e-waste processing facility
    05 december 2017 13:39:30
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The first Rwanda’s e-waste recycling initiatives has officially opened its facility located at Bugesera, a district in South Eastern Rwanda, with the purpose of extracting metals from e-waste, an official source confirmed Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • World Bank's 'Draft Guidance Notes' offer little practical advice to borrowers - Rights group
    04 december 2017 21:53:44
    Washington, D.C., USA (PANA) – Draft Guidance Notes that will accompany the World Bank’s new Environmental and Social Framework are inadequate to protect people in communities affected by the bank’s projects, 29 nongovernmental groups said on Monday in a letter to bank officials. Full text...

  • Rapid, large-scale, coordinated action needed to beat pollution – UN chief
    04 december 2017 21:33:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Noting the severity of the threats posed by pollution to both people and the planet, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has highlighted the need for rapid, large-scale and coordinated action by all actors to make the world pollution-free. Full text...

  • UN Environment Assembly tackles pollution menace
    04 december 2017 13:17:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Key among issues being discussed at the third UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, which started at the UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, on Monday is to tackle the global menace of pollution. Full text...

  • AfDB, WWF agree to focus on conservation, energy, agriculture
    01 december 2017 09:56:36
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) have announced a new three-year partnership agreement, on the heels of a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (2014-2017) in which the two organizations committed to deliver major eco-conservation programmes for Africa. Full text...

  • Southern Africa recovers from El Niño-induced drought – OCHA report
    27 november 2017 17:01:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Southern Africa continues to recover from the disastrous 2015/2016 El Niño-induced drought, which by January 2017 affected about 41 million people across the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Monday. Full text...

  • Wildlife conservation experts raise the alarm over elephant poaching
    24 november 2017 12:42:49
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Experts in wildlife conservation from Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda on Wednesday in Musanze, a district located in northern Rwanda, have expressed concern over the limited anti-poaching efforts amid rising prices for illegal ivory across the continent, according to an official report obtained Thursday by PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Hunter gets 1-year for killing endangered leatherback turtle
    23 november 2017 13:13:09
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – A court in Liberia’s second port city, Buchanan, in Grand Bassa County, has handed down a one-year prison sentence to a local hunter for killing an endangered leatherback turtle. Full text...

  • Sanitation chain, wastewater treatment focus of World Toilet Day event at UN
    21 november 2017 06:28:12
    New York, USA (PANA) – Even in wealthier countries, where people have access to toilets and faecal material is contained, treatment and final disposal of wastewater can be far from perfect, leading to polluted rivers and coastlines, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a World Toilet Day event on Monday. Full text...

  • UN conference closes with renewed urgency to tackle climate change
    18 november 2017 04:56:41
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) - The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) wrapped up on Friday in Bonn, Germany, with delegations expressing a renewed sense of urgency and a need for greater ambition to tackle climate change. Full text...

  • 'No one safe from global pollution without concerted action' - warns UNEP
    17 november 2017 10:24:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Everyone on earth is affected by pollution, according to a new report issued by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on Thursday in Nairobi. Full text...

  • UN chief urges more ambition, leadership and partnerships on climate action
    15 november 2017 22:22:45
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) – Addressing the United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, on Wednesday, Secretary-General António Guterres called for more ambition, more leadership and more partnerships to tackle climate change. Full text...

  • Improvement in warming outlook as India and China move ahead - NGO
    15 november 2017 12:17:09
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) - While USA climate policy has been rolled back under President Donald Trump, India and China have moved ahead, making significant progress in climate action over the past year, the Climate Action Tracker (CAT), an environmental NGO said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Initiative to increase insurance coverage for climate-related disasters launched at UN conference
    14 november 2017 18:51:02
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) – On the heels of one of the worst – and most costly – Atlantic hurricane seasons on record, a global initiative was launched on Wednesday at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23), in Bonn, Germany, with the aim of providing insurance to hundreds of millions of vulnerable people by 2020 and to increase the resilience of developing countries against the impacts of climate change. Full text...

  • Heavy rains destroy crops in western Rwanda
    14 november 2017 13:57:44
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Torrential rains that have continued to pound several remote regions in Rwanda since last week have destroyed at least 200 heactares of crops in Karongi, a district in western Rwanda. Full text...

  • EU, ACP countries call for 'tangible' progress on Paris Agreement implementation
    14 november 2017 13:24:47
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) - The European Union and 79 countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group, together making up more than half of the signatories to the Paris Agreement on climate change, on Tuesday reaffirmed their shared commitment to the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Full text...

  • Financing for low-carbon, climate-resilient future takes centre stage at UN climate conference
    14 november 2017 07:14:34
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) – The urgent need to raise the funda to meet the funding goals of the Paris Agreement, especially to support action by developing countries, took centre stage Monday at the UN Climate Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany. Full text...

  • UN climate conference recognises the role of women in climate action
    13 november 2017 06:28:15
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) – With the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany, entering its final week of negotiations, the Fiji Presidency has announced the Gender Action Plan, highlighting the role of women in climate action. Full text...

  • New efforts announced at UN climate conference to push for further, faster climate action
    12 november 2017 05:25:58
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) – Cities, the transport sector and ocean advocates have announced a number of new initiatives to push for further, faster climate action, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany. Full text...

  • Accelerate climate action and raise ambition, urges UN chief
    10 november 2017 20:00:22
    New York, US (PANA) – As the impact of climate change worsens around the world, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on the global community to redouble efforts to help countries respond to climate shocks, especially the most vulnerable. Full text...

  • New initiatives in energy, water, agriculture sectors announced at UN Climate Conference
    10 november 2017 19:14:11
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) - New commitments and initiatives in energy, water and agriculture sectors were announced on Friday at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, under the auspices of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action to help implement the Paris Agreement. Full text...

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