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Pacific Islands Forum Members Lend Diplomatic Support To Tongan Government’s Recovery Efforts At UN In New York

Press Release – PIF with UN Missions

21 January 2022 New York, USA Pacific Island Forum (PIF) ambassadors to the United Nations gathered virtually on the 21st of January 2022 to pledge their governments solidarity and coordinate international action in response to the volcanic eruption … Read more »

UN Coordinator In Tonga: ‘Resources On The Ground Are Not Enough’

Article – UN News

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: Tongas people are going to need sustained support responding to a disaster … Read more »

Comment By UN High Commissioner For Human Rights Michelle Bachelet On Papua New Guinea’s Repeal Of The Death Penalty

Press Release – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

GENEVA (21 January 2022) I warmly welcome the vote by Parliament in Papua New Guinea on 20 January to repeal the death penalty. There have been no executions in Papua New Guinea since 1954 and the death penalty was abolished in 1970. However, … Read more »

Tonga Volcanic Eruption: What Possible Impact On Agriculture And Fisheries?

Press Release – UN FAO

FAO is gearing up to respond as needed, based on its experience with previous disasters in Tonga and elsewhere 21/01/2022   Rome – With the full picture of damage and needs after Tongas massive volcanic eruption and tsunami only gradually emerging, … Read more »

The United Nations In Papua New Guinea Welcomes The Announcement Of The Repeal Of The Death Penalty

Press Release – United Nations In Papua New Guinea

Port Moresby, 21 January 2022: The United Nations in Papua New Guinea welcomes yesterdays vote in Parliament to repeal the provisions of the Criminal Code Act prescribing the death penalty. In doing so, Papua New Guinea is in line with the global trend … Read more »

NZDF’s Support To Tonga Response Ramps Up

Press Release – New Zealand Defence Force

Royal New Zealand Navys HMNZS Aotearoa has berthed today at the Nukualofa port following successful wharf and harbour inspections conducted by Navy divers and hydrographers on board HMNZS Wellington. Hydrographers were immediately deployed … Read more »

New Zealand To Provide Further Help For Tonga

Press Release – New Zealand Government

New Zealand is giving an additional $2 million in humanitarian funding for Tonga as the country recovers from a volcanic eruption and tsunami last weekend, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare said today. This … Read more »

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff Pledges $25,000 From Mayoral Relief Fund To Support Tonga Recovery

Press Release – Auckland Council

Mayor Phil Goff has today pledged $25,000 from Aucklands Mayoral Fund for the Pacific to support disaster recovery efforts in Tonga following the recent Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano eruption and following tsunami. The support is provided from a charitable … Read more »

UK To Support Tonga Tsunami Response With Aid And Royal Navy Ship

Press Release – British High Commission

The UK will redeploy a Royal Navy ship and work with Australia and New Zealand to offer vital aid to Tonga, after a once in a thousand year volcanic eruption caused a catastrophic tsunami to hit the islands. Read more »

Council Support Confirmed For Tonga

Press Release – Hamilton City Council

Hamilton City Council has provided a one-off $10,000 grant to kick-start a Hamilton-centred relief effort for Tonga. The money will be provided to the Tongan Community Trust which is co-ordinating relief efforts on behalf of the city. The funds will be used … Read more »