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UN Resident Coordinator handover Secretary General invitation to Rt Hon Prime Minister of Nepal for the Summit of the Future: meaningful youth mobilization a key focus of the summit

06 June 2024

6 June, Kathmandu: The UN Resident Coordinator in Nepal Madam Hanaa Singer Hamdy handed over a letter from the UN Secretary-General Mr Antonio Guterres to the Rt Honorable Prime Minister of Nepal, Mr. Pushpa Kamal Dahal for the upcoming Summit of the Future.  

he UN Resident Coordinator in Nepal hand over UN Secretary-General letter to the Prime Minister of Nepal to attend the Summit of the Future
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The letter urges support and requests for the personal participation of the Prime Minister in the Summit of the Future taking place on the 22 and 23 September in New York. 

In the letter, the Secretary-General underscored the crucial importance of arriving at an ambitious, concise, action-oriented Pact for the Future as the summit's outcome. The pact has five pillars- finance for sustainable development; international peace and security; science, technology, and innovation; youth and future generation; and reform global governance.

Speaking at the occasion, the UN Resident Coordinator Madam Hanaa Singer Hamdy said, “The Summit of the Future is a unique opportunity to change course and move away from the precipitous state the world is currently in and Nepal can leverage its extensive experience in climate action, conflict resolution, and disaster readiness to lead discussions on strategic importance and peace.” 

In preparation for the summit in Nepal, the UN Resident Coordinator also met the Honorable Minister for Youth and Sports Mr Biraj Shrestha to mobilize the youth of Nepal through nationwide consultations and a digital advocacy campaign aiming to reach 1 million youth in Nepal fostering broader engagement and support for the summit's goals. 


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Hanaa Singer-Hamdy ,RC

Hanaa Singer-Hamdy

United Nations Resident Coordinator
Ms. Singer-Hamdy has worked for close to 30 years across development and humanitarian contexts at various senior management and strategic leadership roles. She served as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka from 2018 to 2022. Under her leadership, the UN in Sri Lanka continued its partnership with the Government in responding to complex economic and political challenges including the 2019 Easter Bombings, COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent deterioration in macroeconomic stability and debt sustainability. When Sri Lanka faced a significant rise in food insecurity and other humanitarian concerns, she led a response targeting 3.4 million people in need that raised over $100 million for vital aid. To advance inclusive and rights-based development, she led the design of the United Nations Strategic Development Cooperation Framework 2023-2027 in consultation with Government and other stakeholders. Since 2019, she also mobilized over $36 million for peacebuilding and resilience programming through the UN Sri Lanka SDG Multi-Partner Trust Fund.

Prior to this, she held several senior management positions in UNICEF offices across the world, including as the Associate Regional Director in Geneva and as Country Representative for Syria, Nepal, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.

In Syria, she provided strategic leadership to one of the largest protection crises on the global stage – successfully scaling up programmes through an integrated package of high impact interventions in health, nutrition, water and sanitation, education and child protection - increasing the reach of UNICEF’s work to the most vulnerable children including in besieged and hard-to-reach areas.

As UNICEF Chief in Nepal, she pioneered strategic programmes for scaling up sanitation, adolescents and multisectoral nutrition programmes, establishing strategic new alliances resulting in the government adopting national action plans. She has also led humanitarian programmes in Burundi and Haiti, and as a regional emergency advisor for CEE/CIS countries coordinated setting up cross border humanitarian operations to Afghanistan ,from central Asia, and Iraq,from south Turkey. She also provided technical support to emergency preparedness programmes in the North Caucasus, CEE/CIS countries .

Ms. Singer-Hamdy holds a Master's degree in Political Sociology and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She obtained a diploma in “Planning and Management of Decentralized Development Projects” from Bradford University in the United Kingdom. Ms. Singer-Hamdy has engaged in academia and research in political sociology and international relations at the American University of Cairo and at the Sadat’s Academy for Management Sciences, Faculty of Political Science of Cairo University.
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