UN Global Perspective: focus on Syria and clean energy

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Tarik Jasarević. UN Photo/Violaine Martin

Alleged chemical attack overwhelms Syria medical staff

Medical staff and facilities in Syria's Idlib governorate are "overwhelmed" and short of lifesaving medicines after a deadly suspected chemical attack this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. More than 70 people reportedly died in the attack on Khan Shaykun and hundreds more have been affected, many of them women and children. WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic has been explaining to Daniel Johnson how the agency is responding to the emergency with help from its partners.



Syrian farmers in the country’s western coastal governorate of Tartous revive tomato harvest with support from WFP and FAO. Photo: FAO

FAO report calls for investment in agriculture in Syria

Six years of fighting in Syria has caused more than US$16 billion in losses and damage to agriculture, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has reported. The UN agency has released the first comprehensive assessment of the war's impact on agriculture which calls for the sector to be "kick-started" to help reduce the need for humanitarian aid and to stem migration. Sandra Ferrari asked FAO senior technical officer Neil Marsland, who led the assessment team, to describe the state of agriculture in Syria.



Rachel Kyte. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

More action needed to provide 1.1 billion with clean energy

The world will have to act quickly if it is to meet the goal of supplying clean energy to more than one billion people worldwide who lack access to electricity. The finding comes in the latest edition of an annual report by the World Bank and the International Energy Agency which monitors progress on providing universal access to modern energy services by 2030. The Global Tracking Framework 2017 was launched at a sustainable energy held this week in New York. Liz Scaffidi was at the forum and spoke to Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All.

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