The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has expressed deep sorrow at the passing on of Joanna Toole; a 36-year-old environmental campaigner from Exmouth, Devon.
Joanna who worked for the fisheries and aquaculture department of the United Nations (UN) Agency was confirmed dead, when an Ethiopian Airline passenger jet bound for Nairobi crashed near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday morning.
Director of the department, Manuel Barange, tweeted that he was “profoundly sad and lost for words”, adding that Joanna had been traveling to Nairobi to represent the FAO at the UN environment assembly.
About 157 passengers were reported dead, following the crash of the Ethiopian Airline Flight ET 302, six minutes after takeoff.
Tributes have since streamed from various organisations, with the spokesperson for the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, stating that he was deeply saddened at the tragic loss of lives, adding that “He conveys his heartfelt sympathies and solidarity to the victims’ families and loved ones, as well as to the government and people of Ethiopia.”
The World Food Programme (WFP) in a tweet also mourned the tragic loss of seven of its staff who died in the crash.
CEO of AgroNigeria, Richard-Mark Mbaram in a statement also commiserated with the FAO and WFP, stating that “the thoughts and prayers of the entire staff of AgroNigeria are with the families and loved ones of the deceased”.
At the opening of the UN Assembly today, delegates paid their respects with a moment of silence, while the UN flew its flag at half-mast in memory of the deceased, at FAO’s headquarters in Rome.