Geneva Consultations

Executive Summary

The Office of the Special Envoy for Syria (OSE-Syria) convened consultations of the Civil Society Support Room (CSSR) in Geneva between 23 and 25 January 2020. In this period Syrian participants engaged with one another, Special Envoy (SE) Geir Pedersen and Deputy SE Khawla Matar, and International Syria Support Group (ISSG) member states. Throughout the various discussions participants focused on a number of issues, including humanitarian, human rights, and economic issues and the role that civil society could play in efforts to resolve the Syrian conflict in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 (2015). At the end of their meeting participants delivered remarks to the SE and Deputy SE on the future role the CSSR process could play in the UN-facilitated, Syrian-led and -owned peace process. Their message to the ISSG member states laid out the urgent and wide-ranging steps that the ISSG needs to take to bring peace to Syria and its people.