Brussels to host conference on Syria’s future

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A File photo showing damage in residential buildings in the war-torn city of Aleppo

ARA News

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

The conference will bring ministerial representatives from 70 delegations, including from the EU and the region but also the wider international community, the United Nations, major donors and civil society, humanitarian and development organisations.

According to officials, the conference will address the situation in Syria and the impact of the crisis on the region.

The Brussels meeting will assess where the international community stands collectively in fulfilling commitments made at the London Conference in February 2016 and agree on additional efforts needed to meet the needs of those affected by the Syrian crisis.

The last London conference raised over $11 billion for Syrian humanitarian needs over the next four years.

The upcoming Brussels conference will reconfirm existing pledges and identify additional support to Syrians in need inside Syria and in neighbouring countries, as well as to the respective host communities, in response to the UN-coordinated appeals.

Discussions will also focus on how the international community can support a lasting political resolution to the Syrian conflict through an inclusive Syrian-led political transition.

The conference will reconfirm the international community’s commitment to continuing to deliver assistance to Syrians in need, as well as their host communities, and assess the conditions under which post-agreement assistance could be provided once a credible political transition is underway.

On 4 April, thematic sessions will be organised by the EU with UN agencies and other international organisations, NGOs and civil society, focusing on various aspects of international support provided in response to the crisis in Syria and the region.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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