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04 / 22 / 2021

UN Secretary-General’s message marking the International Girls in ICT Day 2021

International Girls in ICT Day aims to inspire a global movement to increase the representation of girls and women in technology. Today, let’s recommit to the goal of equal access for young women and girls to opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math.

04 / 21 / 2021

Statement by the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka Hanaa Singer-Hamdy on the second anniversary of the Easter Sunday attacks

We remember the precious lives taken too soon in the Easter Sunday Attacks and stand with those who grieve and those who continue to endure the physical and psychological consequences of that day. Promoting, protecting, and respecting the rights of every citizen, is the most effective means of countering the scourge of terrorism.

04 / 14 / 2021

Wishing all Sri Lankans a very happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year

On this day, as you greet your neighbours with platters of sweets, as you enjoy meals at home and receive the love and respect of your elders – it is a reminder that Sri Lanka is a land of hospitable and hardworking people.
As we celebrate with caution and care during this season, I extend to you the best wishes of the United Nations family in Sri Lanka. May this new year overflow with peace, happiness, and prosperity for all Sri Lankans.

03 / 18 / 2021

Partnership with Donors help to Strengthen Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout Through COVAX Facility

In one of the most remarkable collective efforts in history – the COVAX Facility, a partnership between CEPI, Gavi, UNICEF and WHO on one hand and multiple donors on the other, is helping to make the COVID-19 vaccine  available to protect vulnerable groups against the pandemic.

03 / 11 / 2021

UN launches new campaign, Only Together, to support global vaccine equity call

The United Nations launched a new global campaign, Only Together to support its call for fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines around the world. The campaign stresses the need for coordinated global action to ensure vaccines are accessible in all countries, starting with health-care workers and the most vulnerable.

03 / 08 / 2021

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, UN in Sri Lanka calls for more women in leadership

This International Women’s Day, as we celebrate women in leadership to achieve an equal future in a COVID-19 world, the UN in Sri Lanka reinforces its commitment to promote and advocate for women in leadership, to build a Sri Lanka where every woman’s agency is acknowledged and assured to achieving a future that is equal for all.

03 / 08 / 2021

Message by UN Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer-Hamdy for International Women’s Day 2021

This year International Women’s Day celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Women in leadership can bring very diverse experiences and expertise to all of society.

03 / 07 / 2021

First batch of COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility arrive in Sri Lanka

Arrival of the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility in Sri Lanka marks another step in our goal to ensure equitable and fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccines globally. 20 million vaccine doses have been delivered to 20 countries in the first week of delivery from COVAX – this is a truly multilateral global effort to ensure equitable access to vaccines in all countries, which is one of the most critical interventions for global health and economic recovery from the pandemic.

02 / 21 / 2021

Celebrating linguistic and cultural diversity

Marking International Mother Language Day 2021, UN Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer-Hamdy joined a virtual event organised by the High Commission of Bangladesh, Colombo and Ministry of Education of Sri Lanka. In her remarks she highlights the importance of celebrating cultural and linguistic diversity.