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  • 'Illegal ivory seized in France to be destroyed'
    07 december 2013 18:17:25
    Paris, France (PANA) – French Ecology Minister Philippe Martin has told African leaders participating in a roundtable discussion on the fight against poaching of endangered species held in Paris on Saturday that the stock of about three tons of ivory seized recently in the country will be destroyed soon. Full text...

  • UN says 15,000 people need relief in Niger flood-hit region
    03 december 2013 22:21:37
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Tuesday said more than 15,000 people urgently need relief aid in south-east Niger after the Komadougou River, which most of the year was practically dried out, burst its banks and flooded communities. Full text...

  • Typhoon Haiyan: UN agencies stress breastfeeding support for mothers in affected areas
    28 november 2013 19:13:46
    Manila, Philippines (PANA) - UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) Thursday called on those involved in the response to the Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) disaster to promote and protect breastfeeding to avoid unnecessary illness and deaths of children. Full text...

  • Public-private partners pledge to fund sustainable energy for all - UN
    28 november 2013 18:57:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and the World Bank have announced a concerted effort by governments, international agencies, civil society and the private sector to scale up efforts to provide sustainable energy to all. Full text...

  • FAO calls for bolstering of forest producer organizations
    25 november 2013 16:33:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Strengthening forest producer organizations should contribute significantly to reducing poverty, improving livelihoods and enhancing economic development of smallholder forest owners and farmers, FAO said in a statement from its headquarters in Rome, Italy, Monday. Full text...

  • Ban welcomes deal at UN-led climate change talks
    24 november 2013 19:39:45
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the agreement reached at the UN-led climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, which was concluded on Saturday, is an "important stepping stone" towards a universal legal agreement in 2015. Full text...

  • Major step taken toward universal climate change pact as UN climate talks end
    24 november 2013 19:25:45
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - The two-week UN Climate Change Conference ended Saturday in Warsaw, Poland, with a major step taken towards a universal climate agreement to be signed in 2015. Full text...

  • Outcome on REDD+ reached at Warsaw UN Climate talks
    22 november 2013 17:28:59
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – Negotiators at the UN Climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, have agreed on the rules on financing forest protection in developing nations, a breakthrough in the negotiations scheduled to end Friday. Full text...

  • Africa urged to turn to the private sector for climate finance
    22 november 2013 13:12:07
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - With the UN Climate Change Conference heading to a close, the issue of climate finance remains a sticking point here, and developed countries want Africa to turn to its private sector. Full text...

  • ICT is latest initiative to be recognised by UNFCCC
    22 november 2013 12:03:33
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has become the latest initiative to be included under the Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities by the Bonn-based UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) secretariat, which recognises and honours remarkable projects around the globe tackling climate change. Full text...

  • NGOs at UN climate talks in Warsaw walk out
    21 november 2013 17:05:12
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – With a day to go before the two-week UN climate negotiations ends in Warsaw, Poland, over 800 observers from NGOs and social movements on Thursday walked out of the negotiations, accusing rich industrialised countries of jeopardising international climate action. Full text...

  • 'Injection of financial resources into Green Climate Fund vital'
    21 november 2013 11:49:14
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - The Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Héla Cheikhrouhou, who is in Warsaw, Poland, for the annual UN negotiations on climate change, has stressed the urgency to get the financial resources injected into the fund, which is in the final stage of being fully operational. Full text...

  • UN climate conference honours 17 action projects
    20 november 2013 16:33:02
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – A special ceremony was held here Wednesday at the UN Climate Change Conference meeting in Warsaw, Poland, to honour 17 prestigious activities across the global driven by people who are passionate about providing climate change solutions for their cities and communities. Full text...

  • Mary Robinson calls for action to move Climate Change Conference forward
    19 november 2013 21:31:15
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – As focus is turned to the ministers who started meeting in Warsaw on Tuesday for the high-level segment of the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Mary Robinson, the head of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice - called on ministers to make decisions that will move the meeting forward, in particular, on gender, finance and an institutional arrangement on loss and damage. Full text...

  • UN Chief urges negotiators in Warsaw to lay foundation for 2015 climate global deal
    19 november 2013 18:15:44
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has told a high-level segment of the UN Climate Change Conference meeting in Warsaw, Poland, to lay firm foundations for the 2015 global climate agreement to be entered in Paris, stressing that success in the French capital means bringing substantive progress to Lima, Peru, for next year’s negotiations before Paris. Full text...

  • Kenyan project for vulnerable women to adapt to climate change inspires delegates
    19 november 2013 14:50:18
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – Kathleen Colson, the woman behind an inspiring project in northern Kenya that has won a UN award, says she wanted to find a solution that will make a difference to the pastoral families in the east Africa country whose traditional way of life has been devastated due to climate change. Full text...

  • Damages from extreme weather mount as climate warms - World Bank report
    19 november 2013 11:58:42
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - As the global climate continues to change, the costs and damages from more extreme weather related to a warming planet are growing, a World Bank report released here Tuesday has warned. Full text...

  • Africa climate adaptation costs could soar to US$350b annually by 2070
    19 november 2013 11:48:11
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has warned that the failure by governments to close the “emissions gap” to keep warming below 2 degrees Celsius will result in Africa facing huge financial challenges in adapting to climate change. Full text...

  • UN Security Council reaffirms call to fight piracy, armed robbery at sea
    19 november 2013 07:00:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has reiterated its calls on the international community to fight piracy and armed robbery at sea, which continue to pose a threat to the delivery of humanitarian aid to the country. Full text...

  • UNFCCC chief tells coal industry to radically change, diversify
    18 november 2013 11:46:25
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres on Monday advocated radical and far reaching changes in favour of clean energy, at a coal summit she addressed in Poland. Full text...

  • UN climate negotiation: Africa wants work on loss and damage expedited
    18 november 2013 10:55:16
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - African countries at the UN Climate negotiation in Warsaw, Poland, want developed countries to support and expedite work in reducing and compensating for loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change, including its impacts on agriculture. Full text...

  • NGO activists demonstrate at UN Climate conference in Warsaw
    16 november 2013 16:55:18
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – Supporters from non-governmental organizations across the globe on Saturday marched through the city centre, near where the UN climate negotiations are taking place in Warsaw, Poland, to demand movement from policy-makers against catastrophic climate change and to also honour the ‘Arctic 30’. Full text...

  • AfDB financing low carbon development in Africa
    16 november 2013 11:42:31
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) provided almost US$ 27 billion worldwide, in financing to address the challenges of climate change in 2012, according to the second joint MDB report on climate finance. Full text...

  • UNESCO report says social sciences vital in tackling environmental challenges
    15 november 2013 17:29:49
    New York, US (PANA) – A new UNESCO report has underscored the vital contribution of the social sciences to survival in the face of climate change, and stressed that human behaviour must be at the heart of efforts to tackle the challenges related to the natural environment. Full text...

  • Finance, key issue in Warsaw, says UN climate top official
    15 november 2013 16:26:50
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – The head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Christiana Figueres, says finance will be a key issue in Warsaw, and that it is critical that there is clarity on how countries are going to mobilise over time the US$ 100 billion funding that has been pledged for 2020 and when that should be on the table. Full text...

  • WHO, partners reach survivors of typhoon Haiyan in Philippines
    15 november 2013 15:25:41
    Manila, Philippines (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) says it is working with the government of the Philippines and international partners to reach survivors of Typhoon Haiyan who need medical care. Full text...

  • Ethiopia cited for having Africa’s large-scale carbon trading forestry project
    15 november 2013 14:36:00
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – The Humbo project, located 342 kilometres south of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, has been cited as being Africa’s first large-scale carbon trading forestry project developed under the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). Full text...

  • Civil society slams Japan for slashing mitigation target
    15 november 2013 12:18:02
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - The civil society at the UN Climate Conference taking place in Warsaw, Poland, has slammed Japan’s decision to slash its greenhouse gas emission target. Full text...

  • Torrential rain hinders relief efforts in flooded Puntland
    15 november 2013 11:46:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Relief efforts in Somalia’s flooded Puntland region came to a halt Friday after Midigar Bridge, 60 km east of the regional capital Garowe, collapsed in torrential rains, Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement. Full text...

  • AU Special Representative monitors situation in flooded Puntland region
    15 november 2013 10:53:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Following days of heavy storm and flooding this week in Somalia’s Puntland region, the Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif, said Friday that he was closely monitoring the situation in which at least 300 people are feared to have lost their lives. Full text...

  • LDCs finalize comprehensive plans to deal with impacts of climate change
    14 november 2013 15:13:18
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – The poorest countries of the world, meeting here for the 19th UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties, have finalized a comprehensive set of plans to deal with the inevitable impacts of climate change. Full text...

  • Zuma expresses condolences over Puntland cyclone
    14 november 2013 14:02:38
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President, Jacob Zuma, on Thursday conveyed his condolences following the loss of lives in a tropical cyclone that hit the Somali region of Puntland at the weekend. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso receives US$ 11.5m to increase forest carbon sequestration
    13 november 2013 17:37:55
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - With support from the African Development Bank (AfDB), Burkina Faso has received a grant of US$ 11.5 million from the Climate Investment Funds’ (CIF) Forest Investment Programme (FIP) to undertake the Gazetted Forests Participatory Management Project, under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation "plus" (REDD ) to create critically-needed transformation of 12 of its gazetted forests. Full text...

  • 2013 among top 10 warmest years since 1850 – WMO
    13 november 2013 15:50:39
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – A report released Wednesday by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) at the UN Climate Change Conference meeting in Warsaw, Poland, that 2013 is currently on course to being among the top 10 warmest years since modern records began in 1850, has added to earlier reports on severe weather-related catastrophes and the need to implement substantial and sustained emission reduction. Full text...

  • Warsaw Conference: Climate Action Network calls for reduction in carbon pollution levels
    13 november 2013 13:52:17
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - As negotiations continue for laying the foundation for an ambitious and effective 2015 global climate agreement, Greenpeace says carbon pollution levels had to be reduced now to ensure safe climate and boost political impetus towards the comprehensive global climate action plan that will be signed in Paris in 2015. Full text...

  • Deadly typhoon: 50 people fast in solidarity with Philippines
    13 november 2013 12:53:44
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - Fifty people, including activists, members of faith-based groups and scientists, are currently fasting in solidarity with Yeb Sano, head of the Filipino delegation at the current UN Climate Change Conference session in Warsaw, Poland, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Liberia to transform renewables sector with US$50m climate fund endorsement
    12 november 2013 12:31:07
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - With the backing of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Liberia has garnered support for a far-reaching renewable energy investment plan with US$50 million from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Programme to Scale up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP). Full text...

  • Public financing not enough to bankroll climate challenges, says IETA report
    12 november 2013 11:44:42
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - As nations grapple with how to mobilise sufficient financing for the climate challenges, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) has said public financing alone is not enough. Full text...

  • African civil society at UN Climate Conference demands for finance, emission budget
    11 november 2013 17:53:30
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – As the UN Climate Change Conference opened Monday in Warsaw, Poland, the civil society groups across Africa have demanded that developed countries fulfill and implement their commitments under the UN climate convention, in order to fairly share a necessary 'emissions budget', and avoid catastrophic climate change. Full text...

  • Climate effects loom large as UN Climate Change Conference opens
    11 november 2013 14:08:37
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - The two-week UN Climate Change Conference opened here Monday with negotiators from around the world being reminded about the sobering realities of current extreme weather events, including the devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines that has left an estimated 10,000 people dead. Full text...

  • Oxfam says poor countries left in the dark on climate finance
    11 november 2013 12:02:09
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Poor countries are being left with little idea about what money is available to help them cope with climate change, because of murky accounting and a lack of transparency by rich countries, international agency Oxfam said Monday. Full text...

  • South African aid group to assist Philippines
    11 november 2013 10:36:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South African aid group Gift of the Givers on Monday confirmed that it has released US$200,000 for essential supplies for victims of the deadly typhoon in the Philippines. Full text...

  • Ban urges help for Sahel countries to tackle climate change impacts
    07 november 2013 21:01:27
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday underscored the importance of preparing for extreme weather patterns in Burkina Faso, which has much of the Sahel region and has been impacted by the effects of climate change. Full text...

  • Ban calls for protection of natural resources in war-torn countries
    06 november 2013 21:29:16
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday stressed the importance of protecting the environment in times of armed conflict noting that strong natural resource governance can help prevent conflict and contribute to long-term peace. Full text...

  • Greenhouse gas concentrations in atmosphere reach new record - WTO
    06 november 2013 14:18:26
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2012, continuing an upward and accelerating trend which is driving climate change and will shape the future of the planet for hundreds and thousands of years. Full text...

  • W/African regional experts call for action plan on integrated maritime strategy
    05 november 2013 18:38:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Maritime experts from West Africa have asked the ECOWAS Commission to facilitate the development of a detailed action plan for the implementation of the proposed ECOWAS Integrated Maritime Strategy (EIMS), the Commission said in press statement, received here Tuesday by PANA. Full text...

  • WB: Climate action brings big benefits to human health
    04 november 2013 00:10:58
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Fast action to cut common pollutants like soot (also known as black carbon) and methane will not only slow global warming but save millions of lives, according to a new scientific study released Sunday by the World Bank. Full text...

  • Post-2015 development agenda must address access to clean water, sanitation - UN
    31 october 2013 07:50:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN entities have stressed the need for member states to ensure that the post-2015 development agenda addresses inequalities that prevent millions of people from getting access to basic services. Full text...

  • FAO welcomes moves to curb illegal timber trade in Congo Basin
    24 october 2013 14:12:58
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Thursday welcomed a declaration adopted jointly by some African governments, who are main timber producing countries, timber industry representatives and civil society organisations, to Full text...

  • Ban launches sustainable energy hub, urges commitments on climate financing
    24 october 2013 07:20:34
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the world is at a "tipping point", and how it produces, distributes and uses energy will determine if sustainable development succeeds. Full text...

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