News in Brief 27 September 2015 (AM)

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A young resident of Maslakh camp (Afghanistan) takes a drink of water. UN File Photo/E. Debebe

UN urges protection of planet's water supplies

Swift action must be taken to protect one of the planet's most precious resources – the world's water supplies.

That was the call of participants at the Friends of Water Steering Committee event on Sunday at UN headquarters in New York.

The event was organized on the margins of a major UN conference on the new global goals, which include several specific targets on the protection and equitable use of water.

More must be done to ensure access to sustainable energy

With more than 1 billion people lacking access to electricity, global leaders are emphasizing the need to improve access to sustainable energy sources.

UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson spoke at an event at the UN on Sunday designed to draw attention to sustainable energy needs. Mr Eliasson said the newly-created Sustainable Energy for All Partnership would help galvanize action on energy initiatives.

"It's a multi-stakeholder partnership and that's why this organization was created in such a way that it would be a tool both for governments and the business sector and the scientific community and other stakeholders."

Participants at the event expressed concern that close to 88 per cent of energy used worldwide comes from non-renewable sources.

Economic role of tourism highlighted

The important role tourism can plan in development is being underlined by the UN on Sunday, which is World Tourism Day.

With the adoption of the new global development goals, the UN Secretary-General has urged countries to maximize the socio-economic benefits of tourism.

More than one billion people are said to travel internationally each year. Tourism plays a part in providing jobs and also raising awareness on the need to preserve cultural heritage.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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