Third summit on Syrian crisis to be held in Brussels, 12-14 March 2019

The European Union and United Nations will co-host the third summit on Syria entitled Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region. The summit will take place on 12-14 March 2019 at Brussels in the hemicycle of the European Parliament.

The U.N. Security Council Resolution 2254 on 18 December 2015 projected a roadmap for lasting peace process in Syria. The Brussels summit builds on the heritage of the U.N. Security Council Resolution. It attempts to concentrate and coordinate the international community’s efforts under a unitary scheme, to ameliorate the humanitarian conditions in Syria and initiate the political dialogue for the eventual settlement of the conflict.

The summit will also reiterate the international community’s persistent efforts in financial, logistical and security terms to assist neighbouring countries deal with the collateral damage originating from Syria’s longstanding political turmoil. Major participants to the summit entail Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey – all being important stakeholders to the Syrian crisis. The agenda of the summit revolves around the accommodation of pressing humanitarian issues in Syria and neighbouring countries. These entail amelioration of humanitarian conditions in temporary camps where Syrian refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) have found shelter. Particular attention would be given on the role of Syrian women within the conflict.

The summit begins with a two day-long dialogue comprised by at least 1.000 stakeholders. These include civil society representatives, state delegations, private donors, U.N. institutions, and renowned non-governmental organisations heavily involved in the conflict, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

On the evening of 12 March, a concert entitled Common Ground: Singing for Syria will be hosted at Lagrage Point, featuring an array of singers, including Syrian lyrical representative Khaled al Hafez. On 13 March, the E.U. High Representative on Foreign Policy, Federica Mogheringi and the U.N. Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, will host a formal dinner reception at Palais d’Egmont, dedicated to Syrian women. The summit’s proceedings will close with a foreign ministerial conference on 14 March held within the premises of European Council.

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