First annual "Sustainable Energy for All Forum" opens at UN

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A woman in Ba Trang, Viet Nam, makes biomass briquettes, a cooking tool, to sell in her village. Made from agricultural waste, biomass is often used in the developing world as a substitute for charcoal. Credit: UN Photo/Kibae Park

A global forum to increase access to sustainable energy solutions and find on-the-ground solutions has opened at the UN on Wednesday.

Around 1.3 billion people worldwide lack access to electricity and 2.6 billion use traditional fuels for cooking and heating, causing premature deaths.

Leaders of government, business and civil society are meeting for the next three days to also mobilize investments and action.

Jocelyne Sambira has the story.

Duration: 2’43″

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