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Following Sunday’s coup in Burkina Faso carried out by sections of the armed forces, the United Nations’ Secretary-General is following the developments in the landlocked West African nation with deep concern.

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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 Moroccan climate activists and entrepreneurs are taking a group photo with Sylvia Lopez-Ekra in Morocco.
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From Milan to Glasgow, young Moroccans commit to fighting climate change

Climate and Environment A new way to recycle large amounts of coffee grounds; a platform connecting young African activists; technology to produce electricity from ocean waves or recycle plastic. A new energy-efficient construction method - an innovative carpooling app. 

Workers load the HMAS Adelaide ship  with emergency supplies dedicated to Tonga Islands in response to the eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai underwater volcano.
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UN coordinator in Tonga: ‘Resources on the ground are not enough’

Humanitarian Aid 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.