EU Donors’ Conference to raise funds for Türkiye & Syria after devastating earthquakes
LIVE STREAMING 20.03.2023 in BRUSSELS
Donors’ Conference to raise funds, mobilise resources and coordinate the recovery and relief response following the devastating earthquakes
A Donors’ Conference to raise funds in Brussels
On 6 February 2023, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, followed by two devastating tremors, struck Türkiye and Syria, causing widespread destruction, and killing tens of thousands of people.To help mobilise support from the international community in dealing with the devastating aftermath, President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and Prime Minister of Sweden, Ulf Kristersson, as the Presidency of the Council of the EU, will jointly host a Donors’ Conference on 20 March 2023 in Brussels.The aim of the Donors’ Conference is to raise funds and coordinate the relief response in the areas affected in both countries. The conference will be organised in coordination with Turkish authorities.
ParticipantsThe Conference will be open to all EU Member States, to neighbouring countries, the UN, international financial institutions, and other relevant stakeholders that wish to contribute and to support the relief efforts. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is currently preparing a post-disaster needs assessment to inform the donors ahead of the conference about the reconstruction and rehabilitation needs. The Commissioner in charge of Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, Olivér Várhelyi, and the Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade, Johan Forssell will jointly chair the Conference.
The Conference will be live streamed here
A comprehensive EU response
The EU has already been active in supporting Türkiye and Syria, with the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism being activated immediately after the natural disaster hit.20 EU Member States and Albania, Montenegro and Serbiaalready mobilised resources 31search and rescue teamsof over 1,750 rescuers and 111 search dogs 5medical teamshave treated more than 4,000 people so far
Teams of structural engineers and in-kind assistance are also being mobilised through the mechanism and bilaterally. An EU Civil Protection Team is currently in Türkiye to coordinate the international response. In Syria, EU humanitarian partners are on the ground supporting those affected by the earthquake, including water and sanitation support, and distributing blankets and hygiene items in affected areas.