Syria crisis: Brussels IV Conference “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” kicks off today

From 22 to 30 June, the European Union will be virtually hosting the fourth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region” (#SyriaConf2020), co-chaired with the United Nations. The aim of the Conference is to further rally the international community behind UN-led efforts to achieve a lasting political solution to the Syria crisis in line with UN Security Council resolution 2254 and to mobilise the necessary financial assistance for Syria and neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees. It will be the main pledging event for Syrians and Syria’s neighbouring countries in 2020 and will provide a unique platform for dialogue with civil society organisations from the region. The Conference starts today with the Days of Dialogue, will continue with side-events throughout the week and will be concluded by a Ministerial meeting on 30 June, gathering around 80 delegates from neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees, partner countries, EU Member States and international organisations. High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell, Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič and Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi will co-chair respective parts of the Conference on the EU side. More information on the Conference is available on the dedicated website, in a press release and will be given via the daily news on a regular basis. Audiovisual coverage of the Conference will be available here.