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  • IAEA calls for universal compliance with nuclear non-proliferation treaty
    27 july 2011 15:13:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director General the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano, on Wednesday stressed that all states must comply with their obligations under the international nuclear weapons non-proliferation treaty, naming Iran, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Syria as countries that are not in full compliance. Full text...

  • Shipwreck, road closures follow winter storms in SA
    27 july 2011 08:45:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - High winds, heavy snowfalls and rain across large parts of South Africa have caused chaos, with a major shipwreck and the closure of several national roads. Full text...

  • UN-backed Cameroon-Nigeria Border Commission calls for 'swift action'
    25 july 2011 15:41:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN-backed commission, set up to help Cameroon and Nigeria resolve their border dispute, has called for swift agreement to resolve the remaining border areas that have not yet been fully demarcated. Full text...

  • UNAMID assists local environmental campaign in Al Fashir
    24 july 2011 17:44:28
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The multi-national troops sent to instill peace in Sudan's troubled region of Darfur are equally engaged in environmental and health protection programmes for the local community, cleaning vast areas as well as fumigating towns, market places and camps of internally displaced persons. Full text...

  • UNFPA tasks governments on promoting youth's visions, policies
    22 july 2011 14:36:17
    New York, US (PANA) - Professor Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), on Friday urged governments around the world to always include young people's visions in their national policies and programmes Full text...

  • Japan grants Burundi US$ 20m to rehabilitate Bujumbura roads
    21 july 2011 18:50:43
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Japanese government on Thursday donated US$ 20 million to Burundi to boost the road rehabilitation project in the capital, Bujumbura, PANA learnt from diplomatic sources here. Full text...

  • UN chief says climate change threat to global peace, security
    20 july 2011 20:45:55
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday said climate change was a real threat to international peace and security, and urged developed countries to lead the global effort to find ways to mitigate and adapt to its detrimental effects. Full text...

  • Rwanda entrusts management of forest reserve to British company
    19 july 2011 20:55:40
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – The government of Rwanda on Tuesday fully entrusted the management of the Nyungwe natural reserve to a British forestry company, New Forests Company (NFC), according to a communiqué of the Rwandan Development Board (RDB). Full text...

  • Measles outbreak, floods complicate drought situation in Ethiopia
    16 july 2011 06:48:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - An outbreak of measles and a likely flood threats could complicate and exacerbate the ongoing drought in Ethiopia, according to reports by various UN agencies. Full text...

  • Nigeria's ruling party, opposition tango over Lagos flood
    15 july 2011 11:54:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Politics and environment mixed Friday as Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the main opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) clashed over the massive flooding in the country's economic hub of Lagos. Full text...

  • Nigerian Senate wants govt. to declare state of emergency in flood-ravaged areas
    14 july 2011 18:05:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Worried by the spate of flooding and other natural disasters that have caused loss of lives and property in the country, the Nigerian Senate Thursday called for the declaration of a state of emergency in all such affected areas. Full text...

  • EAC, AUC setting modalities for regional disaster risk reduction platform
    14 july 2011 12:55:09
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The East African Community (EAC) and the African Union Commission (AUC) are working out modalities to establish a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) platform, through which the region aims to lessen the occurrence of natural and man-made disasters. Full text...

  • Lagos flood 'not a flash in the pan'
    14 july 2011 09:03:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Experts have warned that the massive flooding witnessed in Nigeria's economic hub of Lagos on Sunday, after an all-day downpour, will not be a one-off event, hence residents must start taking necessary precautions. Full text...

  • Principles for responsible investment fail to support sustainable development
    14 july 2011 06:44:08
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Principles intended to encourage socially and environmentally responsible investments generally fail to do so, according to the first comprehensive review of their use, published Thursday by the UK-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Full text...

  • UEMOA countries urged to be involved in climate change projects
    11 july 2011 21:34:46
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The West-African Development Bank (BOAD) on Monday urged countries from the West African Monetary and Economic Union (UEMOA) to be actively involved in climate change projects. Full text...

  • Nigerian state appeals for calm as downpour triggers unprecedented flooding
    10 july 2011 21:51:04
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Authorities in Nigeria's economic hub of Lagos moved fast to calm worried residents of the city on Sunday, after an all-day downpour left homes, roads and businesses flooded. Full text...

  • Senegal's strategy to protect marine areas to cost FCFA 5.5b
    07 july 2011 12:06:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal's national strategy for its marine protected areas (MPAs) will cost FCFA 5.5 billion to implement over the next five years, according to a statement from the regional office of the leading international organisation for wildlife conservation and endangered species, WWF. Full text...

  • GEF supports eco-village projects in Senegal
    06 july 2011 21:54:01
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Global Environment Fund (GEF) and Senegal on Wednesday signed an agreement for eight billion francs CFA for the creation of eco-villages in Senegal. Full text...

  • Forum on environment in West, Central Africa opens in Brazzaville
    05 july 2011 21:16:23
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – A four-day regional forum on the environment in West and Central Africa opened on Tuesday in Brazzaville, the capital of Congo, to prepare experts to play an influential role in the international agenda for the preservation of the environment and sustainable development. Full text...

  • UNESCO publication highlights Migration, Climate Change challenges
    05 july 2011 13:20:27
    Paris, France (PANA) - Climate change is becoming an increasingly significant factor in migration, even if nightmare scenarios predicting a human tide of “environmental refugees” are unfounded and counter productive, so says the maiden authoritative overview of the relationship between climate change and migration, published by UNESCO and the Cambridge University Press. Full text...

  • AU wants to set up World Environment Organisation
    01 july 2011 15:51:35
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - Member states of the African Union (AU) will propose to the UN Conference on sustainable development (Rio+20) the creation of a World Environment Organisation at an international meeting on the environment taking place from 28 May to 6 June, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Full text...

  • Kenyan Nobel laureate wants effective action on climate change
    29 june 2011 09:28:42
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - On the eve of the Africa Union (AU) Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Kenyan Nobel Peace Laureate, Wangari Maathai, has called on African leaders to respond to the global climate change crisis that disproportionately impacts Africans, particularly African women. Full text...

  • UN official urges youth to fight climate change effects
    28 june 2011 17:30:05
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, has called for sustained youth mobilization “to get out the message of sustainable development, as they have the greatest stake in the future sustainability of our planet.” Full text...

  • Emmanuel Adebayor provides 2 Ghanaian cities with borehole water
    24 june 2011 14:55:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Togo and Manchester City (English Premier League) striker, Emmanuel Adebayor, has provided Ghanaian cities of Hamilton and Koro, in the north-west, with 2 borehole water projects, according to an official statement received by PANA here. Full text...

  • WB budget US$27m to mitigate disaster across West Africa
    24 june 2011 13:58:26
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The World Bank (WB) has put aside US$27 million to help improve disaster risk management in five West African countries which are highly regarded as vulnerable to climate change - Senegal, Ghana, Mali, Togo and Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • Gaseous emission in Nigerian northern town
    23 june 2011 16:32:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has dismissed the report of volcanic activity in Nigeria's north eastern Ndanijam Kargo village in Funakaye Local Government Area of Gombe State as untrue. Full text...

  • Congo basin forest management plan requires CFAF 9,000 bn
    23 june 2011 16:01:40
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - The implementation of the Strategic Action Plan for the integrated management of the water resources of the Congo Basin (Pas-Gire) requires funding to the tune of 9,000 billion CFAF, PANA learnt here Wednesday at the first roundtable of the donors to the fund. Full text...

  • Floods kill 6 in Nigeria's northern city
    23 june 2011 15:41:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Six people were killed as a result of the heavy rains that fell Wednesday in the Fagge area of Kano State in northern Nigeria, spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Yushau Shuaib confirmed to PANA. Full text...

  • GCLME countries seek regional policy on use of oil dispersants
    22 june 2011 20:34:12
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Reach back momentarily to 1989 and the Exxon Valdez tanker oil spill. The disaster alerted the world to possible future accidents of this nature. Since then there have been many more, the most recent and significant of which was the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico. Full text...

  • WB to support urgent conservation of biodiversity in Madagascar
    22 june 2011 07:51:09
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The World Bank Wednesday announced a US$52 million package to support conservation efforts in 30 national parks and three newly-protected areas, covering some 2.7 million hectares of land in Madagascar. Full text...

  • UNESCO’s MAB programme to celebrate 40 years of sustainable development
    17 june 2011 19:04:08
    Paris, France (PANA) - To mark the 40th anniversary of its Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), UNESCO will organize an international conference -- “For life, for the future. Biosphere reserves and climate change” -- on 27 and 28 June in Dresden, Germany, the UN agency said in a press statement from its headquarters in Paris, France. Full text...

  • UN climate change meeting records advances on key issues
    17 june 2011 18:50:14
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Top UN climate change official Christiana Figueres, said the two-week long climate change conference that ended Friday in Bonn, Germany, made clear advances on key issues and identified areas that will require high-level political leadership ahead of the annual conference in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • Ghanaian company wins prestigious energy prize
    16 june 2011 22:42:55
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A Ghanaian company has won this year's prestigious Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, according to the results announced in London on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ghana ratifies comprehensive nuclear-test-ban treaty
    15 june 2011 14:43:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Ghana Wednesday became the 154th nation to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, the Vienna-based Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) said. Full text...

  • UN reports shortfall in funding for Horn of Africa drought
    14 june 2011 14:59:29
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Tuesday said that funding for relief efforts in the Eastern Horn of Africa was barely 50 per cent of announced needs. Full text...

  • Climate change will affect water for farming, warns FAO
    09 june 2011 17:12:02
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Climate change will have major impacts on the availability of water for growing food and on crop productivity in the decades to come, warns a new FAO report. Full text...

  • UN marks world oceans day
    08 june 2011 16:10:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called on all governments and peoples to play their part to ensure that the world’s oceans were protected for future generations, warning that they (oceans) face major threats in the years ahead. Full text...

  • Harmful environmental practices cause Mali CFA 61b per year
    08 june 2011 15:11:30
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Harmful practices such as bush fires, excessive cutting of timber and occupation of forest reserves in Mali are causing economic losses of about 61.2 billion FCFA per year, or 1 8 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) to the country, the Ministry of Environment and Sanitation disclosed to PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Bonn Talks: UNFCCC calls for progress on low-emissions future
    06 june 2011 18:28:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Ms. Christiana Figueres, on Monday called on governments to make progress in the fight against global warming, as well as build on commitments made last year. Full text...

  • Mauritius launches 'zero plastic'
    06 june 2011 12:05:53
    Grand Baie, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Deva Virahsawmy, Monday launched the concept of "zero plastic" to minimise the use of this product in the island. Full text...

  • Congolese President urges unity among 3 tropical basin countries
    03 june 2011 17:53:22
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese President, Denis Sassou Nguesso, here Friday urged the countries of the Amazon, Congo and Bornéo-Mékong river basins to unite if they are to take up the challenges of biodiversity conservation, environmental degradation, poverty and development. Full text...

  • UN officials call for political will to achieve "Green Economy"
    03 june 2011 15:29:10
    New York,US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Asha-Rose Migiro on Friday appealed for greater political will in both developed and developing countries to make the transition to the "green economy" a reality. Full text...

  • Climate change: Disaster looms for Africa, India if...
    03 june 2011 09:33:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A new study obtained by PANA here Friday has matched future climate change “hotspots” with regions already suffering chronic food problems to identify highly-vulnerable populations, mostly in Africa and South Asia, where in fewer than 40 years, the prospect of shorter, hotter or drier growing seasons could imperil hundreds of millions of already-impoverished people. Full text...

  • African leaders arrive for tropical basins summit
    02 june 2011 20:30:44
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The presidents of the Central African Republic (CAR), Sao Tome and Principe and Equatorial Guinea arrived in Brazzaville on Thursday to participate in the first summit of heads of state and government of the three tropical basins in the world slated for Friday in the Congolese capital. Full text...

  • Mali's president to launch environment fortnight programme
    02 june 2011 14:50:28
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – President Amadou Toumani Touré of Mali will Monday officially launch the 12th edition of the country's Environment fortnight, sources close to the environment and sanitation ministry revealed here. Full text...

  • Congo bans production, importation of plastic bags
    02 june 2011 14:20:12
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) –The Congolese government has banned the production and importation of plastic bags, the country’s Minister of Communication, Bienvenu Okiémy, announced in Brazzaville, the capital, Thursday. Full text...

  • WAEMU grants Togo FCFA 2b to protect coastline
    01 june 2011 13:19:23
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) Tuesday granted Togo FCFA 2,140,000,000 to enable the West African country build structures aimed at protecting and stabilizing its coastline, threatened by erosion, PANA learnt from official sources in Lomé. Full text...

  • NGOs condemn marginalisation of local communities in forest basins
    30 may 2011 17:45:18
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - About 10 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from countries of the Congo Basin on Monday in Brazzaville condemned the non-involvement of local communities and autochthonous populations in the discussions of the summit of the three tropical forest basins of the world, whose meeting began here. Full text...

  • Experts from world tropical forest meet in Brazzaville
    30 may 2011 14:33:14
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Experts from the three basins of the world's tropical forest - the Amazon, Congo and Borneo Mekong - began here Monday to prepare grounds for the summit of heads of State and Government of the member countries of the organisation, scheduled for 31 May to 3 June. Full text...

  • Brazzaville to host summit on basins of world's tropical forests
    28 may 2011 18:00:24
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A summit on the three basins of the world's tropical forest - the Amazon, Congo and Borneo Mekong - will be held from 31 May to 3 June in Brazzaville, according to organisers. Full text...

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