European Union External Action

Third Brussels Conference "Supporting the future of Syria and the region" kicks off tomorrow

11/03/2019 - 15:18


The EU will host the third Brussels conference on "Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region" (#SyriaConf2019) co-chaired with the United Nations on 12-14 March. This year's conference will address the most critical humanitarian and resilience issues affecting Syrians and communities hosting Syrian refugees, both inside the country and in the region. Specific attention will be placed on hearing the perspectives of Syrian women. The conference will reaffirm the international community’s political and financial support for Syria's neighbours, in particular Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Iraq and Egypt's efforts will also be highlighted.

The conference will also be the main pledging event for Syria and the region in 2019. Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 will be devoted to the “Days of Dialogue”, attended by hundreds of representatives of Syrian, regional, and international non-governmental and civil society organisations for an in-depth exchange with the international community at the European Parliament. More information on the "Days of dialogue" is available here (focus on resilience and regional/development) and here (focus on humanitarian support).

On Thursday 14, the Foreign Ministers segment of the conference at the European Council will bring together participants from more than 85 countries and regional organisations at ministerial level to discuss all key aspects of the Syria crisis: political, humanitarian and regional development. The conference will seek to maintain international engagement in delivering assistance to the Syrian people and host communities.

High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini will co-chair the conference on behalf of the European Union, together with Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations and Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management. On the UN's side, the conference is held under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General, who will be represented in Brussels by the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordination Mark Lowcock. He will be accompanied by UNSG Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. Other Heads of UN agencies will also be present.

More information on the Conference is available on the dedicated website. For further insight into the EU response to the Syrian crisis, our factsheet and infographics on the EU response to the Syrian crisis in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and inside Syria are also available online.

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