Friday, May 27, 2016

Change of Dates for Accer Awards


 Change in schedule of activities

Dear all Participants and partners of the ACCER Awards.

We take this opportunity to thank all journalists who have submitted their entries into the 2016 edition of ACCER Awards, and appreciate the overwhelming response from across the continent.

However, PACJA would like to announce that the TAAFA Academy and the ACCER Award Gala Night have been rescheduled from the dates announced earlier. The TAAFA Academy will therefore NOT take place as from May 29, and the Gala night will no longer happen on June 5.

New dates will therefore be communicated as soon as possible.

We apologize for any inconveniences caused.
Kind regards  


Leaders call for action to save the environment

By Protus Onyango
NAIROBI, Kenya (PAMACC News) - Calls for paradigm shift, a united approach, more funding and ratification of the Paris Agreement to tackle global environmental degradation dominated the high-level session of the UN Environmental Assembly (UNEA 2) yesterday.

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta while officially opening the high-level segment attended by ministers and high-level representatives of over 170 governments, stressed the need for partnerships to address effects of climate change.

"For the past two decades, we have seen a movement emerge across the world that protecting the environment cannot be a tertiary matter. We must make sacrifices now to leave our children a viable tomorrow," Uhuru said.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Superstars join UN in the fight to combat illegal wildlife trade

Yaya Touré (Photo:

By Isaiah Esipisu

The United Nations in with the backing of world renown celebrities including world class soccer star Yaya Touré, a Brazilian fashion model, actress, and producer Gisele Bündchen, South Korean statesman, a politician and the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, and an American actor, model and film director Ian Somerhalder have launched a campaign to tame illegal trade in wildlife.

During the launch on the sidelines of the second United Nations Environment Assembly in Kenyas, Ban Ki-moon called on Governments and people everywhere to support the new United Nations campaign known as ‘Wild for Life,’ which aims to mobilise the world to end this destructive trade.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Cheap illegal timber trade costing the world economy billions of dollars

Timber harvested from Kakamega Forest in Kenya. (Photo: Isaiah Esipisu)
By David Njagi

NAIROBI, Kenya (PAMACC News) - Illegal logging is collapsing the world timber market, experts at the ongoing United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) meeting in Nairobi have warned.

Scientists accuse cartels involved in the fourth most profitable illegal trade of applying elusive tactics such as bribery and money laundering to deny the global economy billions of dollars.

Youth to use video to inform public about climate change trhough a competition

By Protus Onyango

Young people are invited to tell the world how they are shaping a more sustainable future by entering the second annual Global Youth Video Competition on climate change.

The competition, which is being run by Television for the Environment (tve) and is part of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change's (UNFCCC) Action for Climate Empowerment and Momentum for Change initiatives, will culminate in a high-profile awards ceremony in November 2016 at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco.

Change global food system to combat hunger, use natural resources

Launch of the report in Nairobi
By Protus Onyango

NAIROBI, Kenya (PAMACC News) – A major overhaul of the global food system is urgently needed if the world is to combat hunger, use natural resources more efficiently and stem environmental damage, the International Resource Panel (IRP) says.

In its latest report, the IRP – a consortium of 34 internationally renowned scientists, over 30 national governments and other groups hosted by UNEP – calls for a switch to a “resource-smart” food system that changes the way food is grown, harvested, processed, traded, transported, stored, sold and consumed.

Increase in air pollution threatens more lives, but there is hope

Achim Steiner at the UNEA conference
By Isaiah Esipisu

NAIROBI, Kenya (PAMACC News) – About three billion people who depend on solid fuels and open fires for cooking and heating around the world are at risk of contracting cardiovascular diseases, despite efforts on the ground to reverse the trend, says a new report by UNEP  titled Actions on Air Quality.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), global urban air pollution levels increased by 8 percent between 2008 and 2013, putting affected people to a risk of early death due to diseases, such as strokes and heart disease, as well as cancer and respiratory diseases.  

According to the report, more than 80 per cent of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed WHO limits, threatening lives, productivity and economies.