UN aquaculture worker in plane toll


A BRITISH woman who was among the 157 people killed in yesterday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash worked for the United Nations fisheries and aquaculture department.
Joanna Toole, 36, from Devon, one of seven Britons to die in the tragedy, was heading for the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Boeing 737 Max 8 plane hit the ground six minutes after departing Addis Ababa on Sunday morning.
Colleagues at the UN fisheries and aquaculture department described Toole as a ‘wonderful human being’.
Manuel Barange, a UN director, said he was ‘profoundly sad and lost for words’ over her death, saying she had been travelling to Nairobi to represent the organisation.
Toole’s father, Adrian, said ‘everybody was very proud of her and the work she did’.
The one Irish victim was married father-of-two Michael Ryan, who was based in Rome with the UN\’s World Food Programme, which distributes rations to people in need.
As many as 19 UN workers were feared to have been killed in the crash, the number being so high because of its environmental forum.
The event, from March 11-15, is exploring new policies, technologies and innovative solutions for achieving sustainable consumption and production.
More than 4,700 heads of state, ministers, business leaders, senior UN officials and civil society representatives are gathering in Nairobi for the conference.
Picture: Crash victim Joanna Toole (photo Facebook)


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