Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
Thank you for your continued solidarity with the people of Syria.
After nearly a decade of war and economic hardship, the scale of suffering remains shocking.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed.
Over 12 million Syrians – half the pre-war population – are displaced, including 5.6 million who have fled the country.
Millions of people are going hungry or are malnourished. Nine out of ten people are now living in poverty.