UN Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer-Hamdy presents her credentials to PM Dahal

Published On: April 4, 2023 07:00 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, April 4: The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Nepal Hanaa Singer-Hamdy presented her credentials to Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Tuesday.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed Hanaa Singer-Hamdy of Egypt as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Nepal, with the approval from the Government of Nepal in January.

Following the UN Reform in 2019, the Resident Coordinator’s function has been upgraded to be the representative of the UN Secretary General in member states. UN Resident Coordinator Hanaa is the highest-ranking official of the UN Development System in Nepal, according to a press statement issued by the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Nepal.

Hanna leads the UN Country Team and coordinates UN support to Nepal in implementing the 2030 Agenda.

Upon presenting her credentials Hanaa Singer-Hamdy appreciated Nepal’s contribution to global peace through peacekeeping forces. She expressed the UN’s commitment to accompany Nepal on the inclusive and sustainable graduation from the Least Developed Country (LDC) by investing in people, specially strengthening social protection, Disaster Risk Reduction, and climate change mitigation systems by leaving no one behind.

Resident Coordinator Hanna Singer-Hamdy also said the UN stands ready to support the government to complete the peace process and victim-centric transitional justice reform.

Singer-Hamdy has extensive experience across development and humanitarian contexts, having worked for close to 30 years in various senior management and strategic leadership roles. Most recently, she served as the UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka.

Singer-Hamdy is an accomplished development and humanitarian professional with almost 30 years of experience in senior management and strategic leadership roles. As the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka from 2018 to 2022, she raised over $100 million for vital aid and mobilized over $36 million for peace building and resilience programming through the UN Sri Lanka SDG Multi-Partner Trust Fund.

Prior to her role in Sri Lanka, she held senior positions in UNICEF offices worldwide, including in Syria and Nepal, where she pioneered strategic programs for scaling up sanitation, nutrition, and child protection programs. She has also led humanitarian programs in Burundi and Haiti and coordinated cross-border humanitarian operations in CEE, CIS, and the Middle East.

Hanna holds a Master's degree in Political Sociology and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

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