It is with great sadness to hear of the tragic mass shooting and terror that took place at two mosques on 15 March 2019 during the Friday Prayer. We express our condolences and deepest sympathy to the family, friends, members of the City Council and all citizens of New Zealand in this time of mourning for the city and all the victims. The Global Parliament of Mayors strongly condemns all acts of violence. We endeavour for a safer, inclusive and sustainable world by strengthening the rights of cities and enhancing the solidarity among city leaders. The GPM continues to uphold the core value of peace, freedom of speech and expression to combat hatred and violence. This kind of terror is intended to divide societies in the world, it can only be stopped by strengthening solidarity. Our thoughts and support are with you all, family, friends and the city of Christchurch.
On behalf of the GPM a Letter of Solidarity has been sent to Mayor Lianne Dalziel and all City Council members of Christchurch, New Zealand.