Since March 2011, Syria has been in the throes of a conflict that has forced more than half of all Syrians to leave their homes. An estimated 4.9 million Syrians have fled the country and more than 6 million are internally displaced. The crisis, described as the worst humanitarian disaster of our time, has caused untold suffering for Syrian men, women and children.
The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Staffan de Mistura, is working tirelessly to bring the parties to the negotiating table and an end to the war.
The Special Envoy has convened the parties to the United Nations Office at Geneva for intra-Syrian talks. Rounds were held on these dates:
- From 23 February to 3 March 2017
- From 23 March to 31 March 2017
As mandated by Security Council Resolution 2254 (2015), the talks focus on governance, a schedule and process to draft a new constitution and the holding of elections as the basis for a Syrian-led, Syrian-owned process to end the conflict. Discussions will include counter-terrorism strategies.
The last time the parties met in Geneva was in February, March and April 2016.
In December 2016, parties convened in Ankara, Turkey by Russia, Turkey and Iran, agreed to a nationwide ceasefire that began on 30 December 2016 and has generally been holding since.
For all the key dates of the Syrian peace process, click here