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Ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine drives more people from their homes – UN

02 September 2014 – The number of displaced people in eastern Ukraine has risen dramatically in recent weeks due to the ongoing fighting in the country, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today, warning of corresponding increases in the need for humanitarian aid for civilians in the region.

New UN South Sudan envoy stresses civilian protection, national ownership of peace process

02 September 2014 – Taking up her post today as head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Ellen Margrethe Løj acknowledged that while it was a “huge and difficult” challenge, the job was impossible to turn down because the country’s people had fought hard for their independence.

Ban appoints veteran UN official as assistant Secretary-General for peacebuilding support

02 September 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco of Argentina as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support.

Mali: Ban condemns deadly attack against UN peacekeepers

02 September 2014 – Condemning the latest in a series of recent attacks against United Nations personnel and contractors in northern Mali, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today declared that the latest incident, in which four UN peacekeepers were killed and 15 others injured, would not deter the Organization’s determination to support the Malian Government and people.

With nearly 3 billion now online, UN-backed forum opens to debate key Internet issues

02 September 2014 – The ninth annual meeting of the United Nations-backed Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has opened in Istanbul, Turkey with more than 2,500 participants who will debate over the next four days key issues “that could affect every Internet user today and tomorrow.”

Ebola response must be based on ‘scientific evidence, not on fear,’ urge top UN officials

02 September 2014 – Misinformation about Ebola can only exacerbate an already fragile situation, said United Nations officials at the highest level today, urging international action and solidarity to help West African countries deal with the myriad health and socioeconomic impacts of current outbreak of the deadly virus.

Recent attacks in Nigeria send thousands fleeing to Cameroon for refuge – UN

02 September 2014 – Recent attacks by insurgent groups in north-east Nigeria have prompted thousands of people to seek refuge in Cameroon over the past 10 days, with some sleeping in schools and churches, and children suffering from poor health, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today.

Syria: UN relief operation delivers food assistance to record number of people

02 September 2014 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) dispatched food to a record-breaking 4.1 million people inside war-ravaged Syria in August, owing to improved access with increased cross-line operations within the country and more cross-border convoys.

Over one million Somalis in danger as food crisis worsens, warns UN agency

02 September 2014 – Poor rains, conflict, trade disruptions and reduced humanitarian assistance have led to a worsening of the food security situation across Somalia, the United Nations warned today, adding that acute malnutrition increased in many areas, particularly among children.

Ban welcomes lifting of siege of Amerli in northern Iraq; UN agencies rush in aid

02 September 2014 – With the siege on the northern Iraqi town of Amerli finally broken, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his appreciation to the Iraqi Security Forces, Kurdish Peshmerga, and others, who, with air support from the United States, helped avert a humanitarian disaster in the town, which had been blockaded by militants for the past two months.