Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, 30 June 2020
The Fourth Brussels Conference on "Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region" will be co-hosted by the European Union and the United Nations. The Ministerial segment of the conference will take place on 30 June 2020 and will be preceded by a series of consultations with key partners and side events. In light of the precautions put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brussels IV will be held in a virtual format.
This year’s event will be the eighth annual international meeting on Syria following conferences in Kuwait (2013-15), London (2016) and Brussels (2017-19). These events have demonstrated the international community's deep concern about the situation in Syria and its unwavering commitment to supporting the millions of people who have been affected by the conflict. They have made a critical contribution to efforts to address the immense humanitarian, protection and resilience needs inside Syria and across the region and to support a peaceful solution to the conflict.
The overarching objective of the Brussels Conferences is to renew and strengthen the international community’s political, financial and humanitarian commitments to support the Syrian people, the neighbouring countries and the communities most affected by the conflict. Brussels IV will reiterate the international community’s support for a UN-facilitated Syrian-led and Syrian-owned political solution to the conflict in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and the Geneva Communiqué that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people.
In line with previous conferences, the Conference will address the most critical humanitarian, protection and resilience needs affecting Syrians and communities hosting Syrian IDPs and refugees, both inside the country and in the region, notably in light of the additional challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Brussels IV will also recognise the extraordinary solidarity shown by countries and communities hosting Syrian refugees, in particular Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, and address the specific medium and long-term challenges that they are facing. Iraq's and Egypt's efforts will also be highlighted.
Brussels IV will be the main pledging event for Syria and the region in 2020. The scale of the humanitarian, protection and resilience needs remain staggering, with an estimated 11 million people in need inside Syria and more than 5.6 million refugees in neighbouring countries and in the broader region. Financial requirements to address these needs, as expressed in the 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for Syria and the 2020-21 Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) to support refugee and host-community humanitarian and resilience-related assistance in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt, are higher than in 2019, in particular in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sustained engagement and ambitious pledges from international donors therefore remain critical.
2019 Humanitarian Response Plan
3RP Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan
Achievements in 2019
As in previous years, Brussels IV will offer a unique platform for the international community to engage with the civil society from inside Syria, the diaspora and the region, reconfirming international support for these crucial actors. The Conference will also reaffirm the international community’s support for women, including women-led organisations and equal representation and participation in every aspect of the political process, noting their unique role in solving conflicts. It will also highlight the need for justice and accountability. While the COVID-19 pandemic does not allow for a large-scale physical civil society event in Brussels this year, extensive online consultations and side events with civil society are being organised. The views and recommendations gathered will be presented to the Conference.
For more information about the event, including registration and pledge, please visit https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/international-ministerial-meetings/2020/06/30/