5 April: Supporting the future of Syria and the region - Brussels conference

Date: 5 April 2017

Location: Brussels

As the crisis in Syria enters into its seventh year, the situation remains extremely grave: the armed conflict continues, millions are in urgent need of humanitarian aid and protection, displaced or in refuge in neighbouring countries. Conditions for many inside and outside the country are difficult or deteriorating, although commendable efforts have been made by host governments, which led to tangible results.

In December 2016, the EU, the UN, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, Qatar and the UK agreed to co-chair a major conference on Syria and the impact of the crisis on the region to be hosted by the EU High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini in Brussels.

The Brussels Conference is a large-scale event with high-level representation. Invitations have been issued to Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Prime Ministers of neighbouring countries, and other relevant ministers, plus the heads of relevant international organisations. Participation is anticipated from major political, humanitarian and economic actors, including civil society.

The Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region” will address three aspects. It will:

* assess where the international community stands collectively in fulfilling commitments made at the Supporting Syria and the Region conference in London in February 2016, agree on additional efforts required to meet the growing needs of those affected by the crisis, as well as take stock of agreed reform and their continuation in the neighbouring countries,

* reconfirm existing pledges and encourage additional support to people in need inside Syria and in neighbouring countries, as well as to the respective host communities, for both development assistance and in response to the UN-coordinated appeals,

* highlight the efforts of the international community to support a successful outcome of the intra-Syrian talks under the aegis of the United Nations, in Geneva, seeking a political agreement to end the conflict based on UNSC Resolution 2254 and the 2012 Geneva communiqué, as the only way to bring an end to the Syrian people's suffering.