Side Events – Brussels

Executive Summary

On the margins of the Brussels V Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, which took place on 29 and 30 March 2021, the UN Office of the Special Envoy for Syria (OSE-Syria) and the European External Action Service (EEAS) co-hosted a virtual side event for Syrian civil society actors between 23 and 30 March 2021. The side event aimed at providing a high-level advocacy opportunity for civil society actors to raise issues of concern and priority regarding the Syrian conflict.

Following closed-door discussions among participants in the Civil Society Support Room (CSSR) from various geographical areas of the country, the participants presented a number of key messages to the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen and his Deputy Khawla Matar and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell. The Syrian participants then video recorded their remarks on behalf of the group which were presented during the political segment of the conference.