News in Brief 27 January 2016 (AM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon inaugurated the Canal Top Solar Power Plant, in Gujarat, India. The Secretary-General (second from right) at the power plant.UN File Photo/Mark Garten.

Help double "global clean energy" opportunities, UN chief tells investors

Help double the amount invested in "global clean energy" by 2020.

That's the challenge laid down to 500 influential investors gathered at UN headquarters on Wednesday, by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Between them, the investors assembled at UN headquarters, control more than US$22 trillion in assets, according to the co-organizers of the conference, Ceres, a non-profit group which aims to mobilize climate-friendly businesses.

Mr Ban's said more investment was critical, so that commitments on global warming made by more than 190 countries at the Paris summit last month, could be realized.

"I thank everyone in this room who has helped to seed the ground for the historic Paris agreement through your investment your advocacy. Investors and businesses that redirect resources to low-carbon climate-resilient growth, will be the economic power houses of the 21st Century. Those that fail to do so, will be on the losing side of history."

Attack on mine removal team in Afghanistan condemned

An attack on a mine removal team in Afghanistan's Helmand province on Wednesday has been condemned by the UN.

The UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) said that unknown assailants had attacked a team working for the Demining Agency for Afghanistan, a UN partner in the region.

One of their Community Section Leaders is reported to be missing.

The team was conducting normal de-mining work, when they came under attack by a group of armed men.

US$393 million needed to help save the lives of 3.5 million Afghans: UN

Humanitarian groups working in Afghanistan have made a joint appeal for US$393 million to meet the needs of 3.5 million people at risk in the country this year.

According to the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan for Afghanistan, the money will help meet life-saving needs of the most "vulnerable and marginalized" in the country, where government and Taliban forces are still vying for control in many areas.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Mark Bowden, said that "ever increasing levels of assistance" were needed.

More than 300,000 Afghans fled their homes last year due to conflict, and a powerful earthquake struck the north-east of the country last year, leaving 130,000 in need of humanitarian aid.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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