World Cities Day
On the occasion of International Cities Day, we will affirm our continued pursuit of holding the Assad regime and its allies accountable for their crimes against Syria’s cities and citizens.
Cities in Syria were the cradle of human civilization, but the Assad regime and its allies turned them to rubble and left their residents to die. On International Cities Day, we affirm our continued pursuit of holding the Assad regime and its allies accountable for their crimes and our insistence on rebuilding what they destroyed.
The Assad regime and its Russian ally turned it to rubble, abandoned its residents, and killed life in it.
Syria City Day, celebrating the cities of Syria that were the cradle of human civilization, and where Assad’s barrel bombs have turned this ancient land into rubble. We need to rebuild the cities and towns that were destroyed by Assad and his allies in his war against Syrians.
Cities are where people live and work, but they also play a central role in the delivery of humanitarian assistance. Cities need to be rebuilt, not left in ruins; they need to be places of opportunity, not despair. To achieve this, United Nations member states must demand that all parties involved engage in immediate donor funding for Syrians as they rebuild their damaged cities—and stand up for their rights as refugees and victims of warring governments.