Mr. Geir O. Pedersen: Thank you, as Jenifer said, for joining us this morning and for those of you online, thank you for also joining.
High Representative of the EU and Vice-President of the Commission [Josep] Borrell, Ministers, Excellencies, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,Let me thank the European Union for hosting virtually this fourth Brussels Conference.
Thank you so much, really a pleasure connecting with you again.
Yesterday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres appealed to warring parties throughout the world for an immediate ceasefire to enable the human family to tackle a common enemy – COVID-19.
The Syrian conflict is now entering its tenth year. The suffering of the Syrian people during this tragic and terrible decade still defies comprehension and belief.
On 3 March, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Mr. Geir O. Pedersen announced the appointment of Ms. Marianne Gasser of Switzerland as the Head of the Envoy’s office in Damascus.
Your Royal Highnesses, your Excellencies, Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, dear friends: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to brief you on the developments in Syria and my efforts to facilitate a political solution. It is an honour to be here, among lots of friends.
The military escalation in northwest Syria is having catastrophic humanitarian consequences.
Senior Humanitarian Adviser to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Ms. Najat Rochdi condemns the recent intensification of hostilities in northwest Syria, in particular aerial bombardments and the reported use of barrel bombs, killing tens of civilians including women and children.