Supporting the future of Syria and the region - Brussels IV Conference, 30 June 2020
The European Union and the United Nations co-chaired the fourth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”, which took place from 22 to 30 June 2020. In light of the necessary social distancing measures, the Conference was held in a virtual format.
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 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.
Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Vice-President of the Commission
The conference succeeded in mobilising aid to Syrians inside the country and in the neighbouring countries, including for hosting communities, through pledges totalling US$ 5.5 billion (€4.9 billion) for 2020, and multi-year pledges of close to US$ 2.2 billion (€2 billion) for 2021 and beyond.
The co-chairs adopted a joint declaration:
- Brussels IV Conference on 'Supporting the future of Syria and the region': co-chairs' declaration, 30 June 2020
The high level of participation conveys a message to Syrians, wherever they are, that the world has not forgotten them and the world will stand by them. That is important in the current circumstances where the conflict is nearly 10 years old.
Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
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.