The Presidency and members of UCLG-MEWA express their deep sadness over the recent tragic news about the devastating blast in the Port of Beirut on August 4, 2020, which caused immense material damage in the city, as well as loss of many lives. We feel much sorrow witnessing such a catastrophic situation in Lebanon.

Given this background, UCLG-MEWA calls the international community, particularly the UCLG family, to respond to the most urgent needs of Lebanon and to provide required assistance after these grave events. More than ever, it is imperative to stand firm together and express our solidarity with the Lebanese people for them to overcome the current difficulties and rebuild their capital city.

Our thoughts go to the families of the victims, to whom we express our deep condolences, and to the people wounded, to whom we send our best wishes of a swift recovery.

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