News in Brief 08 September 2016 (PM)

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UN peacekeepers on patrol. UN Photo/Tim McKulka

Global meeting focuses on supporting UN peacekeeping

Defence ministers and senior officials from around 80 countries have been meeting in London to discuss how best to support UN peacekeeping operations around the world.

There are currently 16 deployments of peacekeepers in places like Mali, Lebanon Haiti as well as Pakistan and India.

The Under Secretary-General for Field Support, Atukl Khare was at the London meeting.

Here's the UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

"At the meeting, Atul Khare, said that there is justified concern that changes in the types of conflicts we are seeing may be outpacing our ability to respond to them. Mr Khare urged Member States to advocate for reforms that ensure the UN is fit for purpose and fully focused on the challenges it faces in the field."

Demobilisation of children in Colombia welcomed by UN

The announcement by the Government of Colombia and the rebel group FARC that they will begin, on Saturday, the demobilisation and reintegration of all children associated with the group has been welcomed by a senior United Nations official.

The Government and FARC rebels recently agreed a deal to bring a 50-year long conflict in Colombia to an end, although it has to be approved by a national referendum due to take place in October.

The Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, said she was heartened to see that the peace process would bring "tangible results for children deeply affected by the conflict."

Tribute paid to veteran official and gender pioneer

And finally, the United Nations chief has paid tribute to the first woman to be appointed to the highest ranks of the world body, and who passed away recently.

Dame Margaret Anstee, who was from the United Kingdom, joined the UN in 1952 and was appointed as an Under Secretary-General in 1987.

She was also the first woman to head a military peacekeeping operation, in Angola, in the early 1990s.

Ban Ki-moon said Dame Anstee was a "true global citizen whose career is a powerful testament to the power of individuals to make a difference in our world."

Her funeral is due to held in the United Kingdom on Friday.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration: 2'11"

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