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Brussels V Conference – Supporting the future of Syria and the region




The European Union and the United Nations will co-chair the fifth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” on 29 and 30 March 2021. In view of COVID-19 restrictions, the Conference will take place in a virtual format.

The overarching objective of the Brussels Conferences is to continue supporting the Syrian people and mobilise the international community in support of a comprehensive and credible political solution to the Syria conflict, in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254.

As with the four previous editions, Brussels V will also address the most critical humanitarian and resilience issues affecting Syrians and communities hosting refugees from Syria, both inside the country and in the region and will renew the international community’s political and financial support for Syria’s neighbours, particularly Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, as well as Egypt and Iraq. Brussels V will be the main pledging event for Syria and the region in 2021.

The Conference will also provide an interactive platform for dialogue with civil society and NGOs active in Syria and the region.

On this page, you will find all the information and material related to the Brussels V Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”.



All the sessions of the Conference will be livestreamed and available directly on this webpage.

The streaming will start at 9.45AM CET on Monday 29 March 2021




At the fifth Brussels Conference on 'Supporting the future of Syria and the Region' co-chaired on 29-30 March 2021 by the European Union and the United Nations, the international community pledged €5.3 billion for 2021 and beyond for Syria and the neighbouring countries hosting the largest Syrian refugee population. Of this amount, €3.7 billion were announced by the EU, with €1.12 billion coming from the European Commission and €2.6 billion from EU Member States. The EU as a whole remains the largest donor with €24.9 billion of humanitarian, stabilisation and resilience assistance collectively mobilised since the onset of the crisis in 2011 to address its consequences.

You can find the fundraising annex with the pledges’ breakdown here.

For a full list of participants, see here.


Statements and pledges

Jordan Civil Society

Dr. Yusuf Mansur - Director of ARDD Research Centre


Mr Tony Sheehan - Deputy Secretary International Security, Humanitarian and Consular Group of Australia


H.E. Mr Alexander Schallenberg, Federal Minister for European and International Affairs

Bassmeh & Zeitooneh

Yasmin Kayali - Co-founder and CCO of Bassmeh & Zeitooneh


H.E. Ms Sophie Wilmès & Ms Meryame Kitir - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs & Minister of Development Cooperation of Belgium


H.E. Mr Marcos Bezerra Abbott Galvão - Ambassador, Head of Mission of the Federative Republic of Brazil to the EU


Mr Milen Lyutskanov - Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria


The Hon. Karina Gould - Minister of International Development of Canada

Civil Society Support Room

Representatives Civil Society Support Room

Voice from North West Syria

Manar Saifo - PSS facilitator in an educational project in Camps of Bonyan Organization and a female activist working as an advocator for children's right in education


H.E. Mr Gordan Grlić Radman - Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia


H.E. Mr Nikos Christodoulides - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus

Czech Republic

H.E. Mr Tomáš Petříček - Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic


H.E. Mr Flemming Møller Mortensen - Minister for Development Cooperation and Minister for Nordic Cooperation of Denmark


H.E. Ms Eva-Maria Liimets - Minister of Foreign Affairs Estonia

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Ms Odile Renaud-Basso - President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

European Investment Bank

Dr. Werner Hoyer - President of the European Investment Bank

Committee on Development of the European Parliament

Mr. Tomas Tobé MEP - Chair of the Committee on Development of the European Parliament

European Parliament - Foreign Affairs Committee

Mr David McAllister MEP, Chair of the Committee of Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament


H.E. Mr Pekka Haavisto - Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Food and Agriculture Organization

Ms Beth Bechdol - FAO Deputy Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)


H.E. Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian - Minister for European and Foreign Affairs of France


H.E. Mr Heiko Maas - Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany


H.E. Mr Nikolaos-Georgios Dendias - Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece

Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf

H.E. Mr Nayef Falah M. Al-hajraf - Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)


H.E. Mr. Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development Cooperation of Iceland

International Labour Organization

Mr Guy Ryder - Director General of the International Labour Organization (ILO)

International Monetary Fund

Ms Jeta Menkulasi - Lead Economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

International Organization for Migration

Mr António Vitorino - Director-General of the International Organisation for Migration


H.E. Mr Sadiq AL Rikabi - Ambassador, Head of Mission of the Republic of Iraq to the EU


H.E. Mr Simon Coveney - Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence of Ireland


H.E. Mr Luigi Di Maio – Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy


Mr Washio Eiichiro - State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan


H.E. Mr Mukhtar Tileuberdi - Deputy Prime Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

H.H. Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


H.E. Mr Edgars Rinkēvičs - Minister for Foreign Affairs of Latvia

League of Arab States

H.E. Mr Hossam Zaki - Assistant Secretary-General of the League of Arab States


H.E. Mr. Hassan Diab - President of the Council of Ministers of the Lebanese Republic


H.E. Ms Zeina Akar - Deputy Prime Minister of the Lebanese Republic

Principality of Liechtenstein

H.E. Ms Dominique Hasler - Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Principality of Liechtenstein


Dr Mantas Adomėnas - Vice-minister for Foreign Affairs of Lithuania


H.E. Mr Jean Asselborn - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg


H.E. Mr Evarist Bartolo - Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Malta

New Zealand Permanent Representation to the United Nations in Geneva

H.E. Ms Lucy Duncan - New Zealand's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva


H.E. Ms Ine Eriksen Søreide - Minister for Foreign Affairs of Norway


Mr Paweł Jabłoński - Undersecretary of State for Economic and Development Cooperation, Africa and the Middle East of Poland


H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Qatar

Republic of Korea

H.E. Sang-wook HAM - Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs of the Republic of Korea


H.E. Sheikh Dr. Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammad Al Sabah - Minister for Foreign Affairs of Kuwait


Ms Ingrid Brockova - State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic


H.E Mr Anže Logar - Minister for Foreign Affairs of Slovenia


H.E. Ms Maria Aránzazu González Laya, Minister for Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation of Spain


H.E. Ms Ann Christin Linde - Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden

Swiss Confederation

Mr Johannes Matyassy - Deputy State Secretary of the Swiss Confederation

Syrian voices

Dr. Dana Shubat - voice from inside Syria

Civil society voices

Ms Ster Kassem - Head of the Administrative Body of the Female Peace Leaders Network, Voice from North East Syria

The Holy See

H.E. Msgr Paul Richard Gallagher - Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See


Mr Sedat Önal - Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey

United Arab Emirates

H.E Khalifa Shaheen Almarar - Minister of State of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

The Rt. Hon Dominic Raab, MP - First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom

United Nations Organisation

H.E. Mr António Guterres - Secretary General of the United Nations

United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner

Ms Michelle Bachelet Jeria - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Ms Maimunah Mohd Sharif - Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS)

Ms. Ilene Cohn - Deputy Director and Officer-in-Charge of UNMAS

United Nations Population Fund

Dr Natalia Kanem - Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

Mr Philippe Lazzarini - Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Commissioner-General of UNRWA

UN Women

Ms Åsa Regnér - Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director

U.S. Embassy to the United Nations

H.E. Ms Linda Thomas-Greenfield - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

World Food Programme

Mr David Beasley - Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP)

World Health Organization

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus - Director General of the World Health Organization


Please note, all the sessions in this programme will be livestreamed and available to follow on this page.


Day of Dialogue

29 March 2021

Engage in the Day of Dialogue by submitting written questions before or during the panel discussions on Slido, or on Twitter by using the #SyriaConf2021 and #DayofDialogue.

All panels of the Day of Dialogue will be moderated by Mr Jaafar Abdul Karim, journalist and host of Jaafartalk at Deutsche Welle.


10.00 – 11.30 Panel I: Economic development and sustainable livelihoods in the region

The panel will provide space for a constructive dialogue of civil society organisations with the institutional stakeholders (EU, UN, governments in the region, International Financial Institutions) about mitigating current socio-economic hardship and stimulating livelihoods and job creation. Taking into account the impact of the COVID-19 and other crises on the national economies in host countries, the panel will address other key obstacles that undermine inclusive recovery prospects and job creation especially for the most vulnerable, and discuss strategies to overcome these. The speakers will be invited to explore ways to better support local partners in expanding local jobs and livelihoods opportunities as well as social protection services.  Opportunities for a strengthened role of both private sector and civil society in the current economic crisis, as well as possibilities of partnership, will be assessed. Last, but not least the panel will explore ways to maximise refugee contributions to local economies, especially focusing on initiatives led by women or involving youth.  The EU will speak to its recently-presented Economic and Investment Plan.



Mr Maciej Popowski, Acting Director-General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission

Ms Khalida Bouzar, Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Director for Arab States

Mr Herve de Villeroche, Special Advisor on Development to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees



  • H.E. Ramzi Mcharrafieh - Minister of Social Affairs and Tourism of the Lebanese Republic
  • H.E. Ayman Mufleh - Minister for Social Development of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • E. Dr. Mehmet Selim Bağlı – Deputy Minister of Family, Labour and Social Services of Turkey
  • Mr Pierre Heilbronn, Vice President, Policy and Partnerships, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Ms Flavia Palanza, Director for Neighbouring Countries, European Investment Bank
  • Mr Saroj Jha, World Bank Regional Director for the Middle East
  • Dr. Sawsan Al Majali, Head of Durrat Almanal for Development and Training, Jordan
  • Ms Nadine Kheshen, Coordinator PASC network, Lebanon
  • Ms Sengul Akcar, Founder and Board member, Kadın Emeğini Değerlendirme Vakfı, Turkey


12.30 – 14.00 Panel II: Food Security and Livelihoods Humanitarian Response

This session aims at taking stock of the development of the humanitarian situation inside Syria concerning the lack of livelihoods and food security. The panellists of the session will discuss the most efficient, dignified and durable approaches for strengthening food security response and livelihoods support inside Syria, as well as to reduce aid dependency amongst the most vulnerable individuals and communities. The session will pay particular attention to the needs and inclusion of vulnerable groups such as of women, children, elderly and people with disabilities.

Chair: Mr Janez Lenarčič, EU Commissioner for crisis management



  • Ms Vivi Michou, European Commission DG ECHO, Director General
  • Ms Corinne FLEISCHER, World Food Programme (WFP), Regional Director
  • Mr Matthew NIMS, USAID, Dep. Assistant to the Administrator of USAID bureau of Humanitarian Assistance
  • Mr Mike ROBSON, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Country Director Syria
  • Ms Aline Yacoubian, Oxfam Syria, Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods Policy Officer
  • Ms Jeannie ZIELINSKI, GOAL, Country Director Syria Response
  • Mr Alaa WAFAI, Syrian Association for Relief and Development (SARD), Director
  • Eng. Khaled ERKSOUSSI, Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), Secretary General


15.00 – 16.30 Panel III: A Path to Justice and Peace: Accountability, Detainees release and missing persons in Syria

Since the start of the uprising in 2011, gross violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL) have been committed in Syria by all parties to the conflict, including enforced disappearances and systematic use of torture, sexual violence and killing in the Syrian detention facilities. Over 100.000 people have also disappeared, and their whereabouts are unknown. The EU has been one of the most vocal in support of accountability for crimes committed, including through support to Syrian and international investigative bodies (IIIM, CoI and OPCW), demanding the release of detainees, and uncovering the fate of the missing.

This event will put the international spotlight on detainees and missing persons in Syria, renew the call for detainees release and reiterate the EU full support to accountability for crimes committed against civilians.  In particular the event will look at international and Syrian civil society efforts on accountability, detainees and missing persons, and give a voice to the families of the missing and those forcibly detained. It will further spotlight the plight of survivors of arbitrary detention and torture, their needs, and demands for support and justice.


Mr Stefano Sannino, Secretary General, EEAS

Ms Khawla Matar, United Nations Deputy Special Envoy for Syria

Mr Dimiter Chalev, OHCHR Representative, Human Rights Office for Syria



  • Ms Wafa Mustafa, Journalist and Activist
  • Ms Hiba Alhamed, MASSAR - Coalition of Families of Persons Kidnapped by ISIL
  • Ms Noura Ghazi-Safadi, Human Rights Lawyer, Co-Founder and Director of Nophotozone and Founding Member of Families for Freedom
  • Mr Mazen Darwish, Human Rights Lawyer, President of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression
  • Ms Noura Al Jizawi, Human Right Defender, Founder of Start Point and Researcher at Toronto University
  • Mr Fabrizio Carboni, Regional Director – Near and Middle East, ICRC
  • Ms Kathryne Bomberger, Director General, ICMP.

Closing remarks: Mr Carl Hallergard, Deputy Managing Director MENA, EEAS



30 March 2021

For a full list of participants, see here.

You can watch the full ministerial again here.


All sessions will be moderated by Valerie Hopkins.


13.00-13.45: Opening Session

13.45-14.50 + 15.15-15.50: Session 1 - The need for a political solution after ten years of conflict. Support for UNSCR 2254 and the UN facilitated political process


Mr Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the Commission

Mr Geir Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria


14.50-15.15: Press Conference


15.50-17.30: Session 2 - Regional resilience and neighbouring countries’ challenges and responsibilities


Mr Maciej Popowski, Acting Director-General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission

Mr Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations' Development Programme (UNDP)

Mr Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees


17.30-20.00: Session 3 - How to ensure effective humanitarian aid delivery on education and protection?


Mr Janez Lenarčič, EU Commissioner for Crisis Management

Mr Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator


20.00: Total pledge announcement by Commissioner Lenarčič




To highlight the diversity and the richness of Syrian culture, the EU, in cooperation with Lagrange Points Brussels, will organise four virtual concerts featuring a variety of Syrian musicians, Sufi whirling and poetry artists; an online introduction to Syrian cuisine; and an exhibition at Lagrange Points Brussels. All videos will be available online.


Side events

Numerous side events will take place in the margins of the Brussels V Conference, initiated and organised by civil society organisations, participating countries, the United Nations and international organisations.


DISCLAIMER: This compilation is based on information made available to the EU's Brussels V Conference Team. It has been compiled for information purposes only and may not be comprehensive. The descriptions are based on open sources and communication received from event organisers. Views, thoughts and opinions expressed during these events reflect solely those of the speakers and do not constitute endorsement by the European Union or the United Nations.

Dialogue with civil society

10 years after the beginning of the Syria crisis, engaging with civil society remains central to the European Union’s work in Syria and its neighbouring countries.

In the framework of the Conference, the EU launched a virtual consultation with civil society organisations to gather recommendations on key issues affecting the civil society, people inside Syria, Syrian refugees and hosting communities in the neighbouring countries. The online survey was launched and remained open for two weeks, from 18 February until 2 March.

The insights and recommendations of 1.572 participants from civil society representatives from Syria and the region, international NGOs, local authorities, academia, and individuals resulted in the Report on the Civil society consultations.

The consultation points to the appetite of civil society and local organisations for greater involvement in all aspects of assistance in the response to the Syria crisis. Support to livelihoods and education are highlighted as the most important priorities for support, alongside the importance of the “triple nexus” of humanitarian aid, development, and peace, crucial for promoting sustainable solutions to the crisis.

The contributions to the online survey, together with the targeted discussions with EU and UN’s local partners in Syria and the region constitute the backbone of the consultations with civil society.

The outcomes of these consultations will be presented during the Conference and will contribute to shape the international community's response and ensure its relevance. The event will be web-streamed and will bring together civil society, NGOs, international organisations, refugee-hosting countries, the EU and the UN community.

If you would like to receive updates about the consultations and the Day of Dialogue with civil society, please register via this link.

For any questions related to the consultations or the Day of Dialogue with civil society, please contact





“In the future, I hope to continue my studies if I get the opportunity, [...] [I hope] to be successful and to be beneficial to the society I live in [...] and to my country, Syria.”





Mohammad, Syrian refugee – Jordan



Press material

The press conference by Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of a stronger Europe in the World and Mark Lowcock, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, can be watched again here.

For any press-related questions, please contact the Spokesperson’s Service.



Pictures and videos from the Conference can be found here:

Useful links and documents

31/03/2021 – Blog des Hohen Vertreters und Vizepräsidenten – Der Syrien-Konflikt wütet seit zehn Jahren und dauert immer noch an. Deshalb müssen wir die internationale Unterstützung für das syrische Volk fortsetzen. Das haben wir mit der fünften „Brüsseler Konferenz zur Unterstützung der Zukunft Syriens und der Region“ in dieser Woche erreicht – und dabei 5,3 Milliarden Euro an neuen Hilfszusagen mobilisiert. Aber wir müssen auch die Suche nach einer politischen Lösung für die Krise wieder in Gang bringen.