Next Brussels Conference on Syria to take place in March

Photo: EU The Brussels IV Conference on Syria was held on 30 June 2020.

The EU will host the fifth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” on 29-30 March 2021, which will take place virtually due to Covid-19 constraints.

As recalled by Peter Stano, lead spokesperson for the external affairs of the EU, 15 March will mark the 10th anniversary of the Syrian uprising. The conflict still ongoing, the situation in Syria and the region remains highly critical, with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the deterioration of the economies across the region over the last year further exacerbating the dire humanitarian situation inside Syria and the conditions for Syrian refugees and their host communities in neighbouring countries.

The Brussels Conferences have over the years become an opportunity to reassert the international community's continued support to the UN and the UN Special Envoy's efforts for a negotiated political solution to the Syrian conflict in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254. They also serve to mobilise necessary financial support to meet needs of Syrians and their host communities, as well as to pursue and deepen dialogue with civil society.

On 29 March, the Day of Dialogue will allow to pursue dialogue between civil society, refugee-hosting countries, the EU and the UN. Other Syria-related conference side events will take place the week before. The Ministerial Conference will take place on 30 March.

The European Union will continue mobilising all the tools at its disposal in support of the Syrian people, to finally reach a negotiated political solution and help create the conditions for a brighter future for all Syrians.

Last year, participants to the Brussels IV Conference made pledges for both Syria and the region amounting $5.5bn (€4.9bn) for 2020 and multi-year pledges of close to $2.2bn (€ 2bn) for 2021 and beyond.

In addition, international financial institutions and donors announced around $6.7bn (€ 6bn) in loans on concessional terms.


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