Today, 10 July 2020, is the deadline by which the UN Security Council needs to act to ensure millions of Syrian civilians are not denied access to timely, life-saving humanitarian assistance.

By renewing Resolution 2504 (2165), it would ensure that UN aid can continue to be provided cross-border for another 12 months. This mechanism is a critical lifeline providing food, shelter, hygiene, and essential medical services. Without it, people will go hungry and will be denied access to critical healthcare services, including those needed to respond to COVID-19. 

We need global solidarity to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic and look to the Security Council to extend this vital lifeline.