Obama draws pledges of 40,000 troops for UN peacekeeping

More than 50 countries have pledged a further 40,000 troops for United Nations peacekeeping operations around the worldMore than 50 countries pledged 40,000 troops for United Nations peacekeeping at a US-led summit called to shore up missions under strain from the rise in global crises. China scaled up its contribution, taking the lead in setting up an 8,000-strong standby police force while Colombia made a first-time offer of as many as 5,000 troops. The pledges represent a major boost to UN peacekeeping, which relies on voluntary contributions from UN member states to run its 16 missions worldwide.

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