Middle East and North Africa region

Supporting the future of Syria and the region - Brussels Conference, 30 June 2020

The European Union and the United Nations will co-chair the fourth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”, which will take place on 30 June 2020. In light of the necessary social distancing measures, the Conference will be held in a virtual format.




The Conference’s Ministerial meeting will take place on 30 June and will be web-streamed. Events will already start the week before.

The Conference’s Days of Dialogue Side Events will take place on 22 and 23 June, allowing to pursue dialogue between civil society, NGOs, International Organisations, refugee-hosting countries, the EU and the UN community.



Virtual civil society consultations

In light of the social distancing measures in place in Europe and the Middle East, this year's consultations with civil society organisations active in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and elsewhere in the region will be held online ahead of the conference.

The aim of these consultations is to gather recommendations on key issues affecting the Syrian people and their possible solutions, so to streamline the international community’s response to the conflict and mobilise the necessary resources. These recommendations will feed into the Ministerial event on 30 June.


Further information

The Conference schedule, including side events, will be released in the next few days. Please check this page for regular updates.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 00:00
Organiser or Host: 
European Union and the United Nations

ECOSOC HAS side Event:Humanitarian consequences arising from the use of explosive weapons on populated areas

Invitation to ECOSOC HAS side event via Zoom


Friday 12 June, 11am - 12.30am EDT / 5pm - 6:30pm CET

Co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Austria, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ireland, Mozambique, New Zealand, Norway and Uruguay.


Data shows that when explosive weapons are used in populated areas, approximately 90% of those reported killed and injured are civilians. Beyond those killed, injured and psychologically traumatised, an even greater number of civilians are affected as a result of damage and destruction to essential infrastructure and services. Hospitals are damaged, hampering the provision and quality of medical care to civilian populations. Damage to sanitation systems creates additional problems around maintaining basic levels of hygiene, resulting in further illness and disease. In the current context of the COVID 19 pandemic, the impact of explosive weapons on access to healthcare and water and sanitation is potentially catastrophic for civilian populations.

The side event will give an overview of the humanitarian consequences resulting from use of explosive weapons in populated areas, in Yemen in particular, and the practical actions states and other actors can take to address short and long-term harm to civilians.

Chair Mr. Brian Flynn, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Ireland in New York.

Introductory remarks: Ambassador Luis Gallegos, Permanent Representative of Ecuador in New York


Ms. Alison Bottomley, Humanity & Inclusion (HI)

Ms. Eirini Giorgou, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Mr. Simon Bagshaw, Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)

Ms. Alma Taslidžan Al-Osta, on behalf of International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW)


To attend the side event, please register HERE. Read the technical note attached with guidelines to attend 

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 17:00 to 18:30
Organiser or Host: