News in Brief 09 November 2015 (PM)

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UNAMID police. UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran

Female police numbers at record high in UN, but more still needed

More female police officers than ever before serve the UN, but many more are needed.

In remarks to open the annual meeting of police personnel at UN headquarters, the Chef de Cabinet in the Secretary-General's office, Susana Malcorra, said that although numbers had risen seven-fold in the past decade, women still only account for 12 per cent of the force.

The official target is 20 per cent.

She also told the meeting that the Secretary-General was looking to police of all ranks to protect the good name of peacekeeping, and ensure compliance with his zero-tolerance policy towards sexual abuse.

"Dignity and enthusiasm" of voters in Myanmar elections, praised by UN chief

The dignity and enthusiasm of voters in Myanmar's historic elections on Sunday, has been praised by the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-Moon said that as the first results began to come in, all of those with a stake in the elections needed to stay calm, and respect the outcome.

He also praised the Union Election Commission for the role it has played so far, and the domestic and international observers.

Early results indicated that the opposition National League for Democracy, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, would emerge as the clear winner.

New thinking and technology to help marginalized children

The first ever global summit focussing on innovation and technology for vulnerable children has got underway in Finland.

More than 500 experts from the world of technology, academia and the business have joined the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and other humanitarian organizations in the capital Helsinki, for the summit entitled "Start Up to Scale Up."

Organized by UNICEF and the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it aims to raise awareness of useful new technologies and build better partnerships to serve children worldwide.

One of the key aims it to encourage local innovation, to lift children out of poverty.

New "resilience agenda" key to Middle East's refugees

A new "resilience agenda" has been adopted to help displaced people and refugees around the Middle East to cope with the effects of war around the region.

The UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Resident Representative for Iraq, Lise Grande, said the establishment of new principles was vital to help more than 3.2 million displaced people survive through the continuing conflict.

Coping with the crisis and then being able to recover in the long-term, would take continuing support from the international community she added.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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