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News article10 May 2023Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)1 min read

Syria: EU and Germany co-hosting a high level meeting on the humanitarian situation

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Ahead of the Brussels VII Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” in June 2023, the European Union and the German Federal Foreign Office are organising a Senior Officials Meeting to take stock of the current humanitarian situation and address related challenges. It will bring together humanitarian donors, NGOs, UN agencies, and the Red Cross and Crescent movement.

The meeting will be opened by Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič and German Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office Tobias Lindner.

After 12 years of violence and war, the Syria crisis remains one of the largest and most complex humanitarian emergencies of our times.

Syrians continue to face conflict, displacement and a cholera epidemic, which have severely affected their well-being and coping capacity and led to an increase of humanitarian needs. Millions of people’s lives were again shattered by the February earthquakes further eroding people’s resilience and hampering provision of basic services.  

Over the past 12 years, the EU has mobilised more than €27.4 billion in humanitarian, development, economic and stabilisation assistance, including over €3.7 billion in humanitarian aid. It has supported Syrians both inside the country and across the region.

Since 2017, the EU organises a yearly Brussels conference to support the future of Syria and the region to encourage pledges. Humanitarian Senior Officials meetings have been organised since 2018.