As the crisis in Syria enters its ninth year, the UN and humanitarian partners gathered at the third Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region. Taking place from 12 to 14 March, the conference aims to further mobilize the international community to provide sustained and large-scale support to vulnerable Syrians, refugees and the communities hosting them.
The conference, co-chaired by the UN and EU, comes at a time when humanitarian needs inside Syria remain at record levels with 11.7 million people in need of some form of humanitarian aid and protection. Some 6.2 million people are internally displaced and more than 2 million boys and girls are out of school in Syria. An estimated 83 percent of Syrians live below the poverty line, and people are increasingly vulnerable due to the loss or lack of sustained livelihoods.
The situation is also driving the largest refugee crisis in the world. There are over 5.6 million Syrian refugees and up to 3.9 million impacted members of host communities in the neighbouring countries, according to the United Nations OCHA.
On Thursday, Foreign Ministers are scheduled to gather for a political discussion on the multiple aspects of the Syria crisis and the pledging part of the conference.
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.
Against this backdrop and on the eve of the foreign ministers’ meeting, the UN is urgently seeking increased funding to help people in need through a US$3.4 billion appeal for life-saving and life-sustaining response inside Syria for 11.7 million people, and a $5.5 billion resilience plan for 5.6 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries.
Live streaming of the Foreign Minister’s meeting will be available here)