Side Events – Brussels

Executive Summary

On the margins of the Brussels VI Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, 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 27 and 30 April 2022 as well as on 5 May 2022. 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.

During four days of closed-door discussions forty-three Syrian civil society representatives, youth activists and experts, women and men, working inside Syria and in neighboring countries and Europe, formulated a number of key message along the line of the following topics: Youth perspectives for the future of Syria, the economic and livelihood situation of Syrians, humanitarian and protection issues as well as on the Syrian civil society space.

They presented their recommendations to the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen; EEAS Deputy Managing Director MENA, Ambassador Carl Hallergard; the Head of the EU Delegation to Syria, Ambassador Dan Stoenescu and to Civil Society Support Room (CSSR) donors.