News in Brief 14 December 2016 (AM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemns takeover by the military in Gambia.
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"Outrageous act" of disrespect towards Gambian people

The takeover by the military in Gambia on Tuesday of the premises of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General as an "outrageous act of disrespect of the will of the Gambian people."

President Yahya Jammeh had conceded defeat in elections on 1 December to his rival Adama Barrow, but then rejected the poll results last Friday.

President Jammeh has ruled Gambia since taking power in a 1994 coup.

The military takeover happened as a high-level Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) delegation was in the country to broker a peaceful transfer of power.

The UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, called for the "full respect of the will of the Gambian people as expressed in the presidential election."

He also urged the Gambian military and security forces to immediately vacate the IEC premises.

One third of more than 700 health facilities in Nigerian state "destroyed

One third of more than 700 health facilities in Borno State, in north-east Nigeria, have been completely destroyed, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The UN agency said in a report that of the facilities remaining, one third were not functioning at all.

"High insecurity, difficult terrain and a lack of health workers, medicines, equipment and basic amenities such as safe water are making access to health care extremely difficult for people in this conflict-affected area" WHO said.

It is estimated that six million people need health assistance in the region which has been destabilized by the actions of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

Wood production driven by housing and green energy markets

The global production of all major wood products grew for the sixth consecutive year in 2015, according to new data released by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

The growth ranged from between one and eight per cent,

The increase was mainly driven by continuous economic growth in Asia, a recovering housing market in North America and the growing demand for bioenergy, that's renewable energy produced by living organisms.

The demand for bioenergy, motivated by renewable energy targets and policies in Europe, prompted an explosion in wood pellet production with a ten-fold increase in the last decade.

Priyanka Shankar, United Nations.

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