80 countries, international organisations, the EU and UN agencies came together to participate in the international conference and in its high-level ministerial segment on Tuesday 30 June. The Russian Federation was represented by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin.
“The Brussels Conference keeps the Syrian conflict at the top of the international agenda. We must do more to end the suffering of the Syrian people. First and foremost, we need a political solution to the crisis. It is time to unlock the Geneva talks, forge a political solution and bring an inclusive peace to Syria. We will also continue to respond to persisting enormous humanitarian needs,” said High Representative Josep Borrell.
The conference succeeded in mobilising aid to Syrians inside the country and in the neighbouring countries, including for hosting communities, through pledges totalling €6.9 billion. Of this amount, the European Union and its Member States collectively pledged €4.9 billion. The EU and its Member States are the largest provider of international aid in response to the Syria crisis, having delivered over €20 billion of humanitarian, stabilisation and resilience assistance inside Syria and in neighbouring countries since the outbreak of the conflict in 2011.
With the conflict entering its 10th year, the situation in Syria and the region remains highly critical: the dire humanitarian situation, with millions of Syrians internally displaced and having sought refuge in Syria's neighbouring countries, is now being further compounded by the consequences of COVID-19 pandemic.
In this context, Brussels IV was an opportunity to gather all relevant actors to effectively address the current situation, offer continued support to UN efforts for a comprehensive political solution to the Syrian conflict, mobilise necessary financial support for Syria and neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees, as well as pursuing and deepening our dialogue with civil society.
The Conference also highlighted the importance of the solidarity shown by host countries and communities in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, as well as other host countries in the region such as Egypt and Iraq while underlining the challenges they face in the medium and long term.
The Conference was preceded by virtual Days of Dialogue and by a week of side events.