Together for the people in Türkiye and Syria


Donors' Conference to raise funds, mobilise resources and coordinate the recovery and relief response following the devastating earthquakes

A Donors’ Conference to raise funds


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. 


"Six weeks after the devastating earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria, we come together to support the survivors of this tragedy. Our solidarity will continue to be as strong as it was in the first hours after the earthquake. The people in Türkiye and Syria should know that we are with them for the long run. I invite all nations and all donors, public and private, to contribute and honour the memory of the lives lost, the heroism of the first responders and most importantly to build together a better future for the survivors."

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission





The 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, Olivér Várhelyi, and the Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade, Johan Forssell will jointly chair the Conference. 


"The earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria is a disaster of historic proportions. I’m saddened by the losses of lives and homes, and the human suffering. The consequences are truly horrendous. As President of the Council of the European Union, Sweden will do everything in our power, together with the EU and international partners, to help those affected in the next phases of the rehabilitation and early recovery.r"

Ulf Kristersson, Prime Minister of Sweden


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. 


How the EU is responding to the devastating earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria

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. 


Moreover, the EU has mobilised its rescEU strategic reserves to deliver 500 temporary accommodation units, 2,000 tents, and 8 000 beds to Türkiye from its emergency stockpiles hosted by Sweden and Romania. 

In total, close to €8.6 million of EU humanitarian aid has been allocated to respond to the immediate needs of the population in Türkiye, and some €10 million have been immediately mobilised to respond to the immediate consequences of the earthquake in Syria.


An EU civil protection team in Beirut is coordinating the delivery of the assistance to Syria, and EU humanitarian experts are also present in Syria working with partners to ensure the aid reaches the most vulnerable.

16 European countries have offered in-kind assistance via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and the aid is being delivered to the people most in need. In addition, through the humanitarian air bridge the EU plans to deliver 420 tonnes of assistance, including 225 tonnes from the EU's own humanitarian stockpiles worth €1.1 million.


Agenda: International Donors’ Conference


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Media advisory: Donors' Conference


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Related links

European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations

European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations

Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU

UNHCR: How to donate

Türkiye Earthquakes Recovery and Reconstruction Assessment