Katrougalos will visit Brussels for the conference on the Syrian future

Katrougalos will visit Brussels for the conference on the Syrian future

Greek Foreign Minister George Katrougalos will visit Brussels to participate in the third conference “Supporting the future of Syria and the region, to be held March 12-14, 2019. On the sidelines of the Conference, the Greek Minister will meet with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu.

The EU and the UN will co-chair the third conference which will seek to further mobilise the international community behind efforts to support the Syrian people and achieve a lasting political solution to the Syria crisis, in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254.

As the Syrian war enters its ninth year, the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate. Over 11 million Syrians still need humanitarian assistance, and more than 5 million Syrian refugees are displaced outside the country.

Building on the two previous editions, the conference will address the most critical humanitarian and resilience issues affecting Syrians and communities hosting Syrian refugees, both inside the country and in the region. Specific attention will be placed on hearing the perspectives of Syrian women.

The conference will reaffirm the international community’s political and financial support for Syria’s neighbours, in particular Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Iraq and Egypt’s efforts will also be highlighted.

It will also be the main pledging event for Syria and the region in 2019.

Hundreds of Syrian, regional and international NGOs and civil society organisations will gather in Brussels as part of the conference’s days of dialogue.

The conference will kick off with one and a half days of dialogue on 12 and 13 March 2019 bringing together more than 1000 participants: civil society representatives from Syria and the region, ministers and decision-makers from countries neighbouring Syria, donor countries, regional organisations, UN agencies, and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Together, they will discuss key themes affecting the Syrian people and the international response to the crisis. This one and a half day event will take place in the hemicycle of the European Parliament.

The outcome of this dialogue will feed into the foreign ministers’ conference on 14 March in the Council’s Europa building. This last day will gather Foreign Ministers for a political discussion on the multiple aspects of the Syria crisis and the pledging part of the conference.

On the same occasion, there will be a photo exhibition on the European Parliament Esplanade, displaying portraits of Syrian, Iraqi, Jordanian and Lebanese beneficiaries of EU projects funded by EU Trust Fund in Response to the Syria Crisis, which will run until 18 March.

On the evening of Tuesday 12 March, the concert “Common ground: singing for Syria” will take place at Lagrange Points (Galerie Ravenstein 19). This interactive musical experience will feature the Syrian singer Khaled al Hafez amongst others.

On the evening of Wednesday 13 March, the High Representative Federica Mogherini and UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen will host a dinner with Syrian women. It will bring together leading female figures of Syria’s civil society, foreign ministers as well as EU and UN representatives. The dinner will be a unique opportunity to hear the perspectives of Syrian women regarding the future of their country. This event will take place in Palais d’Egmont./IBNA