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02 / 11 / 2021

The UN Secretary-General’s message on the International Day for Women and Girls in Science

Without more women in STEM, the world will continue to be designed by and for men, and the potential of girls and women will remain untapped.

02 / 11 / 2021

UN working to minimize the health hazards of COVID-19 in the Central Province

UN Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer-Hamdy visited UN Habitat programmes in the Nuwera Eliya District aimed at minimizing the health hazards of COVID-19.

02 / 11 / 2021

Pilot project to digitise maritime trade data launched by Sri Lanka Customs jointly with UNCTAD and GIZ

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and Sri Lanka Customs launched a pilot project on Digitising Global Maritime Trade. Sri Lanka is the second country to officially join this pilot programme, following Cambodia in October last year.  Comments by UN Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer-Hamdy at the launch event.

02 / 11 / 2021

The world needs science and science needs women

The ongoing pandemic is proof that our future will be marked by scientific and technological progress that can only be achieved when women and girls are creators, owners and leaders of science, technology and innovation.

02 / 04 / 2021

Message by the United Nations Resident Coordinator on the occasion of the 73rd Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence

On behalf of the United Nations, I wish all Sri Lankans a very happy Independence Day!

01 / 06 / 2021

Remarks by UN Sri Lanka Resident Coordinator Ms. Hanaa Singer-Hamdy at HDR 2020 Launch in Sri Lanka

The Global Human Development Report (HDR) 2020 was launched on 6 January 2021, by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka bringing together a wide range of high-level participation from the Government, Public and Private sector, Development partners and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). The 30th anniversary edition of the HDR 2020, titled ‘The Next Frontier: Human Development and the Anthropocene’, includes a new experimental index; the Planetary Pressures-Adjusted Human Development Index (PHDI) on human progress which takes into account countries’ carbon dioxide emissions and material footprint.

01 / 21 / 2021

UN RC Hanaa Singer-Hamdy’s remarks at the centenary celebrations of the Faculties of Science, Arts, and the Library of the University of Colombo

On 21 January 2021, the University of Colombo celebrated hundred years since  the establishment of its Faculties of Arts and Science. The origins of these faculties can be traced to Ceylon University College (CUC). During the celebration of this rich history of Sri Lanka’s higher education system, Ms. Hanaa Singer-Hamdy, the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Sri Lanka delivered the following remarks.

01 / 22 / 2021

Remarks by RC Hanaa Singer-Hamdy on enhancing the capacity, skills and knowledge of prosecutors to counter terrorism and prevent radicalization in Sri Lanka

United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka Ms. Hanaa Singer-Hamdy spoke at the recently held initiative to Enhance the capacity, skills and knowledge of prosecutors to counter terrorism and prevent radicalization in Sri Lanka. The initiative is carried out under the overall objectives of an European Union (EU) funded project  “Support to Sri Lanka on Counter-Terrorism” by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to. The objective of the project is, institutional capacity building to effectively prevent/detect, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate terrorism cases in Sri Lanka, in line with the relevant international legal instruments and human rights norms, standards and good practices.

12 / 14 / 2020

Resident Coordinator’s remarks at an event to mark 65 years of Sri Lanka in the United Nations

UN reiterates  partnership with the people of Sri Lanka in their aspiration of building a future of prosperity, equality and justice – where everyone can live in dignity and no one is left behind.