The conference will be the main pledging event for Syria and the region this year. Moreover, it will allow the international community to renew the push for a political solution to the conflict, in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254.
Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi, commented:“The European Union has been a predictable and reliable partner in supporting the Syrian refugees and host communities across the region. In response to the conflict in Syria, we have provided over EUR 30 billion of assistance since 2011. After the devastating earthquake this March, we have immediately mobilised the international community to help with early recovery and relief efforts. In addition, the EU supports the socio-economic recovery and sustainable development of the region through its Economic and Investment Plan.”
During the Day of the Dialogue on Wednesday 14 June, the European Union, and other actors, such as the operational partners involved in the Syria response, will engage with civil society actors from inside Syria, the region, the diaspora, and refugee-hosting countries, with the aim to enhance the political support of the international community for these crucial actors.
The following day, Thursday 15 June, the Ministerial Conference will bring together State actors, notably EU Member States, Syria’s neighbouring States, and third countries, as well as representatives from the United Nations and other international organisations, to discuss how to strengthen the humanitarian, financial and political support for the people of Syria. The meeting will conclude with the announcement of this year pledges.
Since 2011, the European Union and its Member States have been the largest donors of humanitarian and resilience assistance to Syria and the region, providing over €30 billion in response to the Syrian crisis. The European Union will continue mobilising all the tools at its disposal to support the Syrian people reaching a credible negotiated political solution and to help creating the conditions for a brighter future for all Syrians.