News in Brief 16 August 2017 (PM)

16 August 2017

UN mission concludes Colombia arms removal process

The process of extracting arms and scrap ammunition from rebel camps in Colombia has been completed, the UN mission in the country has reported.

More than 8,000 guns and other items have been collected from 26 camps of the group FARC, while weapons such as anti-personnel mines, grenades and homemade explosives were destroyed.

UN mission chief Jean Arnault issued a statement on Tuesday in connection with the laying down of arms, which is part of the peace process in the South American country.

The Colombian government and FARC signed a peace deal in November 2016, ending five decades of conflict.

WFP distributes food rations in Sierra Leone communities affected by deadly mudslides

Thousands of people affected by mudslides and flooding in Sierra Leone are now receiving food assistance, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Wednesday.

WFP started food distributions to 7,500 people in some of the hardest hit communities around the capital, Freetown, within hours of the mudslides, which began on Monday and have killed scores and left many more homeless.

WFP said both survivors and households hosting them, as well as rescue workers and mortuary attendants, will receive rations of rice, pulses, vegetable oil and salt.

The agency has been tasked by the United Nations to support and coordinate a joint humanitarian response in Sierra Leone that ensures people receive food, shelter and other essential assistance.

New labour commission to investigate the future of work

A global commission looking into the future of work will be established by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN agency said on Wednesday.

It will address what the ILO described as “the many critical issues of our time and of the future that are rooted in the world of work.”

This includes looking at how a rapidly transforming world of work should be organized in order to respond to the values of social justice.

The commission will bring together 20 experts from across the planet whose names will be announced during an event later this month at ILO headquarters in Geneva.

It will be chaired by the President of Mauritius and the Prime Minister of Sweden.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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