News in Brief 08 January 2016 (AM)

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Two soldiers from forces operating under Libya's Tripoli-based government walking through the deserted streets of Bin Jawad. Photo: Tom Westcott/IRIN

New "urgency" to form national government following deadly Libya attacks

There is a new "urgency" to create a government of national unity in war-torn Libya following a spate of deadly terrorist attacks.

That's according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who said in a statement following the death of dozens of recruits at a police training centre on Thursday, that only a united front could defeat terrorist groups like ISIL.

At least 47 people were killed by the blast.

ISIL terrorists and affiliates have been attacking Libyan oil facilities around Sidra, in the centre of the country.

Mr Ban said they were stripping valuable resources from the Libyan people and added that the assaults were a "strong reminder" that the UN-supported move towards a Government of National Accord was essential.

World cholera vaccine supply set to double after new supplier approved

The world's supply of oral cholera vaccine is set to double in 2016 after the World Health Organization approved a new supplier.

The demand for the vaccines in places such as Sudan and Haiti, has so-far outstripped supply, leading to major shortages.

But on Friday, WHO said that a new South Korean manufacturer had been approved for procurement agencies such as the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF.

WHO's cholera specialist, Doctor Stephen Martin, welcomed the news and said that despite the problems of supply, there had been a huge increase in production in the past few years.

"This will increase the potential availability of vaccine from 3 million doses to 6 million doses, so this is a potential doubling of the availability of vaccine for this year. It has future potential in the next 3-4 years from a much greater increase in vaccine production and this is certainly a step in the right direction."

An "exciting time" to be leading the world's disaster risk reduction team

It's an "exciting time" to be taking over the helm of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), as challenging new goals to reduce loss come into effect.

That's the upbeat assessment of Doctor Robert Glasser, who took over the UN agency on Friday, seeking to meet substantial reductions in the number of deaths caused by natural disasters around the world.

Dr Glasser was previously the Secretary General of CARE International, one of the world's largest non-governmental humanitarian bodies.

He succeeds Margareta Wahlström at the UNISDR, who served two terms in the job.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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