Geneva Consultations

Executive Summary

The UN Office of the Special Envoy for Syria (OSE-Syria) convened virtual follow-up Civil Society Support Room (CSSR) consultations between December 15th and 17th 2020 with participants who had attended the Geneva meeting held in January 2020. Participants discussed recommendations to strengthen the CSSR by broadening its inclusivity and transparency, as well as mechanisms for information sharing and knowledge management.

They also engaged with Special Envoy (SE) for Syria Geir Pedersen and Deputy Special Envoy (DSE) Khawla Matar on a wide range of concerns, including the lack of tangible progress on the political process, the detainee file, the impact of the pandemic, the economic crisis and the impact of sanctions, growing criminality, and their call for greater civic space for and protection of civil society.