Supporting the future of Syria and the region - Brussels conference, 04-05/04/2017

Council of the EU
  • Council of the EU
  • 04-05/04/2017
  • Brussels

Main results

The European Union, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, Qatar, the United Kingdom and the United Nations co-chaired the Brussels Conference on Supporting the future of Syria and the region, on 5 April 2017.  

"Investment of political work in supporting a resolution to the crisis is key to securing a democratic and free future for Syria and its people. Only Syrians can make the agreement that will secure peace. But today's commitment from the international community and the region to support them in achieving a peaceful future is essential. Today we were clear that sustainable and inclusive peace in Syria for the Syrians remains the objective of all our common work."

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

The conflict in Syria has brought destruction and human suffering on an enormous scale. On the day after the attacks on Khan Sheikhun, the conference condemned the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Government and ISIL/Daesh, as identified by the UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism, as well as  the attacks  the day before.  The use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere, must stop immediately.

The co-chaired adopted a joint declaration, including specific annexes on supporting the resilience of host countries and refugees in the context of the Syrian crisis for Jordan and for Lebanon.

Participants agreed that in order to meet the massive needs of the populations inside Syria and in neighbouring countries, and strengthen the resilience of host communities, significant financial support as well as innovative and holistic approaches are needed. The generosity of the participants has resulted in the pledging of $ 6 billion (€ 5.6 billion) for 2017.

The conference was held at ministerial level, bringing together 70 countries, international organisations and civil society.

On 4 April, parallel thematic sessions were organised by the EU and the co-chairs with UN agencies, other international organisations and key actors from the NGO and civil society community, focusing on various aspects of international support provided in response to the crisis in Syria and the region.

08:30

Thematic session - humanitarian situation inside Syria: needs, challenges and way forward

Location: Residence Palace building

Opening speech by European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.

15:30

Thematic session - supporting the resilience of the host countries and refugees in the context of the Syria crisis

Location: Residence Palace building

Closing speech by European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn.

07:30
09:00

Opening session

Including statements by: 

  • United Nations Secretary General António Guterres
  • EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini
  • Prime Ministers of Syria's neighbours: Hani Al-Mulki of Jordan, and Saad Al-Hariri of Lebanon 
  • Foreign Ministers of other co-chairs: Sigmar Gabriel of Germany; Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah of Kuwait, Børge Brende of Norway, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani of Qatar, Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom
10:15

Family photo

10:45

Supporting the future of Syria

This session was chaired by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

14:20

Inauguration of the exhibition on the reconstruction of cultural heritage Rising from destruction - Ebla-Nimrud-Palmyra

Justus Lipsius building 

14:30

Supporting the region and the refugees-implementation of London commitments and the way ahead

Introduction and conclusion by EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn.
This session was co-chaired by Germany, Qatar and the United Kingdom.

16:15

Syria - humanitarian assistance and resilience

Introduction and conclusion by EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.
This session was co-chaired by Norway and Kuwait

18:00

Closing remarks

European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides

Last reviewed on 13/06/2017