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New plan for disaster risk management endorsed by General Assembly

A new global plan to reduce deaths and injuries as well as economic losses arising from disasters has been endorsed by the UN General Assembly.

The Sendai Framework was adopted in March in Sendai, Japan at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

Welcoming the news, the senior UN official Margareta Wahlström, said it represents a shift from disaster management to disaster risk management.

She added that ample evidence exists that by reducing risk factors, communities around the world can be better prepared when disasters strike.

Libyan political parties and activists conclude meeting in Algeria

Libyan political parties and activists have concluded a third meeting in Algiers in what has been described as a "positive atmosphere" by the UN Support Mission in Libya, UNSMIL.

The Mission said participants showed a genuine desire to rise above their differences to reach a final solution to the crisis.

Those in attendance reportedly urged all parties to allow the creation of safe corridors for the delivery of humanitarian aid, especially with the advent of the holy month of Ramadan.

Government of Sudan recovers UN-owned hijacked vehicles

Vehicles owned by the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) that had been hijacked have been recovered by the Government of Sudan.

A group of unidentified armed men had on Tuesday attacked an unescorted goods convoy of a local contractor transporting UNAMID-owned equipment.

In a statement, UNAMID said it wanted to clarify that the local contractor acted against repeated instructions from the Mission not to move the equipment without an armed escort.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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