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UN coordinator in Tonga: ‘Resources on the ground are not enough’

As news coverage of the eruption and tsunami that hit Tonga starts to fade away, the United Nations Coordination Specialist in the country has a message to the outside world: Tonga’s people are going to need sustained support responding to a disaster of this scale. 

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Damage caused in Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa, by the volcano eruption and subsequent tsunami on 15 January 2022.
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Damage caused in Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa, by the volcano eruption and subsequent tsunami on 15 January 2022.

First Person: ‘We saw people running from the tsunami, screaming’

Humanitarian AidWhen a tsunami swept over much of Tonga last weekend, Joseph Sikulu, a Tongan national, was in Sydney, Australia, exiled from home by strict COVID-19 travel restrictions. For three days, with most communications lines severed, his family and friends were cut off from the outside world, and Mr. Sikulu feared the worst.

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In Grenada, Molinere Bay suffered considerable storm damage from Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Underwater sculptures  have provided a base for coral attachments and marine life proliferation.
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UNEP at 50: Solving the world’s environmental challenges

In celebrating 50 years of fighting for the planet, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is calling for more action worldwide to overcome climate change, biodiversity loss, and rising levels of pollution and waste – three crises that threaten our planet.

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Young people in Burkina Faso participte in “Caravane Faso Jeunes”, a roadshow that encourages youth participation in peacebuilding.
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Young people must have ‘a seat at the table’ in peace efforts: Guterres

Peace and Security Although young people have been at the forefront of efforts to build and sustain peace, opportunities for them to make a meaningful contribution remain insufficient, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday. 

Shoah Memorial, International Dimensions of Holocaust Education. Photo: UNESCO
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UN General Assembly approves resolution condemning Holocaust denial

UN Affairs The United Nation’s General Assembly adopted on Thursday, by consensus, a resolution that condemns denial and distortion of the Holocaust.