News in Brief 9 November 2016 (PM)

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View of the Security Council during its meeting on the situation in Somalia. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

"Massive reduction" in Somalia piracy result of global community support

The international community's "robust commitment" to address piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia has resulted in a "massive reduction" of the crime in recent years, the acting Somali representative to the UN has said.

On Wednesday, the Security Council adopted a resolution reauthorizing anti-piracy measures in the Horn of Africa country for another year.

At its height, piracy off Somalia's coasts netted scores of vessels, from large container ships to small leisure yachts, resulting in hundreds of people being held hostage and millions of dollars being paid in ransoms.

Here's the Somali Chargé d'affaires, Mohamed Rabi Yusuf.

"Somalia extends its deepest gratitude to the members of the Security Council for its valuable support in Somalia in all areas, including addressing piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia. The robust commitment from the international community has resulted in a massive reduction in piracy in recent years, and we particularly welcome the recent release of several long-held hostages, and call for the release of all remaining hostages."

The resolution also acknowledges that the phenomenon on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in Somalia's Exclusive Economic Zone results in loss of revenue and can lead to destabilization in coastal communities.

Libya meeting in Malta comes at "critical juncture" of peace process

The situation in Libya is "precarious and needs prompt action and leadership", the UN Special Envoy for the country has urged.

Martin Kobler who is also the Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya made the remarks ahead of a two-day meeting in the European island of Malta.

The situation in the North African country continues to deteriorate while innocent civilians bear the brunt of fighting between warring factions vying for control of Libyan territory.

UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the encounter between Members of the Libyan Political Dialogue comes at a "critical juncture" in the country's path to peace.

"The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Martin Kobler, was in Addis Ababa. Yesterday, he met with the Presidents of Chad and Niger and the African Union High Level Representative to Libya. Mr. Kobler said that all leaders share the view that only through a political solution and dialogue among all parties can Libyans overcome their differences. They agreed that there is a sense of urgency and that concrete discussions are required now to implement the Libyan Political Agreement."

The participants will review the political and security developments on the ground, identify key challenges and propose measures to break the deadlock regarding the implementation of the Political Agreement.

Meanwhile, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, urged the Libyan authorities "to do everything possible" to transfer Saif Al-Islam al-Qhadafi to the ICC in keeping with their obligations under the Rome Statute.

The violence in Libya stems from the fall of Saif Al-Islam's father, the late President Muammar al-Qhadafi in 2011.

Strong partnerships between authorities and civilians essential to mitigate disaster

Strong partnerships between authorities and civil society are essential to reduce disaster risk in hazard-prone Philippines, the UN has said.

Three years after the country was hit by Typhoon Haiyan, the UN's Office on Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has pledged to help build more "resilient" communities and businesses.

Through its ARISE, the Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies network, the UN Agency aims to advise the Philippines in adopting new standards for infrastructure and using science in local risk governance.

Typhoon Haiyan, a disaster known locally as Yolanda, took more than 6,000 lives.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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