Day two of the Brussels Conference Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region (#SyriaConf2017) began this morning with a ministerial meeting followed by the session “Supporting the future of Syria”, chaired by the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on behalf of the European Union (arrival doorsteps here and here, opening statement here). Upon arrival, High Representative Mogherini highlighted that: “Syrians want peace and Syrians want to reconstruct their country in democracy and in freedom. And I think that today what we are doing is even more relevant, is even more important, is even more urgent. And the images we have seen yesterday from Syria remind us all that here we have a responsibility to unite for real with a serious engagement; the international community, the regional players, but also the Syrian parties to make peace.” UN Secretary General António Guterres, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel of Germany, Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah of Kuwait, Foreign Minister Børge Brende of Norway, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani of Qatar and Foreign Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom, as well as Prime Minister Hani Al-Mulki of Jordan, Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri of Lebanon and Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari of Iraq also addressed the Conference in the opening session (here). A live press conference is foreseen for +/- 13h30 CET. This afternoon, Commissioner Hahn will open the “Supporting the region and the refugees-implementation of London commitments and the way ahead” session (14h30 CET, live here), co-chaired by Germany, Qatar and the United Kingdom. Commissioner Stylianides will co-chair the “Syria – humanitarian assistance and resilience” session with Norway and Kuwait and deliver the closing remarks, including the announcement of the overall funding committed in support of Syria and the region by participants of the Conference (at 18h CET, live here). Ahead of the ministerial today, HR/VP Mogherini held a number of bilateral meetings, among other with the UN, Qatar, Kuwait, Norway and Lebanon. Yesterday, HR/VP Mogherini and UN Special Envoy for Syria de Mistura met with civil society representatives and held a joint press point. Commissioner Stylianides and Commissioner Hahn represented the European Union at two thematic sessions; on the humanitarian situation inside Syria and on supporting the resilience of host countries and Syrian refugees. A number of other bilateral meetings are also taking place today in the margins of the Conference. For more information on the Conference, visit the website. For more information on EU response to the Syria crisis, see here.