The European Union chaired the sixth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”, which took place on 9 and 10 May 2022.
The high level ministerial segment of the conference on 10 May gathered EU institutions and representatives of 55 countries including EU member states, as well as 22 international organisations, including the United Nations.
High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell said:
“We today show that the international community remains determined to support the Syrian people – wherever they are – as well as the generous host communities who harbour them. We keep alive the flame of hope for a just and peaceful Syria. We remain convinced that a comprehensive political solution, brokered through the United Nations, is the ultimate imperative. Although this year’s conference takes place against the backdrop of the war against Ukraine, we will not forget the Syrian people.”
The conference, which is the main pledging event for Syria and the region in 2022, succeeded in mobilising aid to Syrians inside the country and in the neighbouring countries, through pledges totalling €6.4 billion for 2022 and beyond. This year’s total pledges are even higher than those of 2021, when pledges totalled €5.3 billion.
From 2011 to date, the European Union and its member states have been the largest donors of humanitarian and resilience assistance to Syria and the region with €27.4 billion.
Brussels VI was an opportunity to gather all relevant actors to effectively address the current situation In Syria, offer continued support to UN efforts for a comprehensive political solution to the Syrian conflict, mobilise necessary financial support to meet the needs of Syrian refugees and their host communities in neighbouring countries, as well as pursuing and deepening dialogue with civil society.