UN Environment Assembly: We lost UN staff, Youth delegates, others as Joyce Msuya honours crash victims


From: Bamidele Fashube, Abuja

It was a gloomy morning, as the Acting Executive Director of the United Nations Environment, Joyce Msuya, on Monday led delegates at the Fourth United Nations Assembly on Environment to observe a moment of silence in honour of the late victims of the Ethiopian airline crash.

The unfortunate airline accident occurred on Sunday morning, six minutes after flight B-737-800 MAX with registration number ET-AVJ departed from Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa at 08:38am.

Msuya, in a statement issued by the UN agency on its official website described the loss as a terrible one for the entire environmental community.

The UN Assembly is the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment.

She commiserated with families of the deceased stressing that the United Nations has contacted the Ethiopian authorities, working closely with them to establish the details of United Nations personnel, who lost their lives in this tragedy.

The statement reads: “The crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 was a terrible loss for the United Nations, for our member states and for the environmental community.

“The environmental community is in mourning today. Many of those that lost their lives were en-route to provide support and participate in the UN Environment Assembly. We lost UN staff, youth delegates travelling to the Assembly, seasoned scientists, members of academia and other partners.

“We join the Secretary-General in expressing our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all the victims who perished in this tragedy.”

“The entire UN Environment Assembly will honour them in our efforts this week.

“We are making provisions for assisting the families of the victims, providing counselling and mobilizing any other support that may be necessary at this difficult time,” she stated further.


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