The EU is organising the fifth Brussels Conference on ‘Supporting the future of Syria and the region today and tomorrow, co-chaired with the United Nations. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this two-day Conference will take place in a virtual format.
Today,the Conference starts with the “Day of Dialogue” featuring panel discussions with speakers from a broad variety of governmental and non-governmental institutions. It is web-streamed on the Conference website and on Facebook. The audience has the possibility to submit written questions for the panellists to answer during the discussions, through an interactive platform or on twitter with the hashtags #SyriaConf2021 and #DayofDialogue.
The ministerial part of the conference tomorrow will virtually bring together participants from at least to discuss all key aspects 77 delegations including 50 countries, 10 regional organisations and international financial institutions as well as 17 UN agencies at ministerial level to discuss all key aspects of the Syrian crisis: political, humanitarian and regional development. Eight civil society representatives from inside Syria and the region will convey the main recommendations resulting from the online consultation process that preceded the Ministerial. It will be live on EbS and web-streamed on the Conference website and on Facebook.
A press conference by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock will take place at 14:50 and will be live on EbS.
The closing session will take place at 20:00. The total amount of pledges from the international community to the Syrian people and host communities will be announced during this session.
A co-chairs’ declaration is expected to be published at the end of the day.