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04 / 19 / 2020

The world faces an unprecedented threat from COVID-19

The COVID-19 Pandemic is a global health crisis unlike any other — one that is spreading human suffering, destabilizing the global economy and upending the lives of billions of people around the globe. The UN in Sri Lanka is working with the Government and our partners to help to alleviate the health and socio-economic consequences of the pandemic

03 / 09 / 2020

Transformational change is possible

Women and men belong at the same table – whether that table is in the boardroom, the classroom, halls of justice or halls of parliament. Transformational change is possible – Hanaa Singer, UN Resident Coordinator

02 / 21 / 2020

International Mother Languages Day

On February 21, the United Nations celebrates International Mother Languages Day. At the UN in Sri Lanka we celebrated the day in partnership with the Bangladesh High Commission in Colombo and the Sri Lankan Ministry of Education. Observance of the Day recognizes Sri Lanka’s efforts to promote multi-lingualism and multi-culturalism in strengthening mutual trust, understanding and respect among communities.

02 / 13 / 2020

WFP and S4IG embark on a strategic partnership to address poor nutrition in Sri Lanka

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Skills for Inclusive Growth (S4IG), an initiative of the Australian Government, have signed an agreement to work together to promote healthy diets. One of the key features is a collaboration with Supreme Chef, a popular competitive cooking TV show in Sri Lanka.

01 / 03 / 2020

The United Nations launches 75th anniversary dialogues: The biggest global conversation on the world’s future starts now.

January 1, 2020 saw the launch of the UN75 initiative – the largest, most inclusive conversation on the role of global cooperation in building a better future for all. The initiative will see the UN spark dialogues throughout 2020 in diverse settings across the world.

12 / 10 / 2019

Remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Hanaa Singer at the launch of the UNDP Human Development Report 2019

The 2019 UNDP Human Development Report focuses on inequalities.  Speaking at the launch of the Report, UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Hanaa Singer highlighted the ‘Human rights and sustainable human development are interdependent and mutually reinforcing. Inequalities weaken this interdependency’.

12 / 05 / 2019

FAO marks 40 years of representation in Sri Lanka

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reinforced its commitment to partner with the Government of Sri Lanka and stakeholders towards realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Marking 40 years of its Representation in Sri Lanka, FAO underscored how food and agriculture lies at the very heart of sustainable development, from nourishing people to responding to climate change and managing natural resources.

09 / 23 / 2019

Apocalyptic climate events: is this the future we are promising the next generation?

Climate change is progressing exponentially faster than our efforts to address it. It is a challenge that no country can opt out of addressing. If we don’t act now, when we ask the next generation to dream – it is going to be with a fine print that reads of limited possibilities in a world of crisis. That would be our collective legacy.

09 / 18 / 2019

Remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer at the launch of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) supported programme for prison officers

As a result of the training, prison officers will have the necessary skillset to disrupt organised crime networks operating from inside the prisons and effectively prevent and manage high-risk prisoners. The training will facilitate the early detection and disruption of radicalisation, as well as provide a secure and safe environment where rehabilitation programmes and disengagement interventions can be delivered. Specific attention will be paid to ensure prison management is in conformity with international minimum standards and human rights.