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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.

SAMOA: In Apia, Ban sets sail for sustainable development

02 September 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sailed with a Polynesian voyaging canoe crew, whose mission is to spotlight the need for action on sustainable development by going around the world using only traditional navigation methods.

SAMOA: Stopping climate change is 'about people, about survival,' says UN envoy

02 September 2014 – World leaders have not sufficiently addressed climate issues, United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Change Mary Robinson said Tuesday highlighting the urgency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building climate resilient communities.

Ban alarmed at Israel's announced seizure of West Bank land

01 September 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his alarm at the announcement by Israeli authorities to declare nearly 1,000 acres of land in Bethlehem as so-called “state land.”

UN, international rights experts urge greater protection of journalists covering conflicts

01 September 2014 – Journalists covering conflicts must be afforded the highest degree of protection, a group of United Nations and international human rights experts said today, adding that the recent attacks, ongoing kidnappings, and arbitrary incarcerations of media professionals around the world must be condemned.

UN deplores deliberate killing of civilians in Afghanistan's Farah province

01 September 2014 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has strongly condemned the deliberate killing of 12 civilians in the western province of Farah for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility.

Grave crimes committed on 'unimaginable scale' in Iraq, UN Human Rights Council told

01 September 2014 – United Nations officials today urged an immediate end to the acts of violence and abuses committed against civilians in Iraq, particularly against children and people from various ethnic and religious communities, as the Human Rights Council met to discuss the ongoing crisis.