The European Union and the United Nations are co-chairing, on 30 June 2020, the fourth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”. In light of the necessary social distancing measures, the Conference will be held in a virtual format.
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 is 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 will also highlight 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.