Press Release

UN urges stakeholders to ensure peaceful transition of power

15 July 2022

The United Nations in Sri Lanka urges all stakeholders to ensure a peaceful transition of power in full respect for the Constitution. 

It is imperative that the transition of power is accompanied by broad and inclusive consultation within and outside Parliament.

It is important that the root causes of the current instability and the people’s grievances are addressed. Dialogue with all stakeholders is the best way to address the concerns and fulfil the aspirations of all Sri Lankans.

The authorities must ensure that in maintaining law and order the security forces exercise restraint and operate in strict compliance with human rights principles and standards. 

The United Nations stands ready to provide support to the Government and people of Sri Lanka to address both immediate and long-term needs.

UN urges stakeholders to ensure peaceful transition of power

Hanaa Singer-Hamdy

Hanaa Singer-Hamdy

Resident Coordinator
Ms. Hanaa Singer-Hamdy is the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka and leads the UN Country Team of 22 Resident and Non-Resident UN Agencies. She is the representative of the UN Secretary-General in Sri Lanka.

Ms. Singer-Hamdy has over three decades of experience with the UN, having worked across development and humanitarian contexts at various senior management and strategic leadership roles. Prior to Sri Lanka, she held several senior leadership positions in UNICEF across the world, including Associate Regional Director UNICEF Geneva and Country Representative for UNICEF in Syria, Nepal, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. She has also led humanitarian programmes in Burundi and Haiti and coordinated UNICEF cross border humanitarian operations to Afghanistan from Central Asia and Northern Iraq from Turkey. She also provided technical support to UNICEF humanitarian programmes in the North Caucasus, and the Balkans and Central Asia.

A national of Egypt, 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.

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