Over 1 billion people have no access to electricity

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The lack of electricity around the world is "a massive problem" which puts people's lives at risk, according to a report launched at the UN in New York.

The Poor People’s Energy Outlook Report says 4.3 million people die each year as a result of indoor air pollution caused by open-fire cooking.

Half of child deaths under five are caused by fumes from dirty cooking fuels.

Simon Trace, from the United Kingdom-based non-governmental organization, Practical Action, says although there has been progress in providing electricity to millions of people, more still needs to be done.

"We are dealing with a massive problem here in terms of access to energy globally. 1. 2 billion people in the world have no access to electricity at all and probably another billion have very poor access to it. 2.7 billion are still cooking over open fires." (14")

Over 1,000 leaders and experts from government, business, international organizations and civil society have gathered at the UN for the first annual Energy for All Forum.

They are assessing progress and mobilizing investment for the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative launched by the UN Secretary-General in 2011.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

Duration: 1’18″

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