National Agenda for the Future of Syria portal

As part of its mandate to promote human development and democratic transition in the region, ESCWA launched the National Agenda for the Future of Syria (NAFS) Programme in 2012 to engage Syrian experts and stakeholders, from different backgrounds, in developing policy alternatives for the Syrian Arab Republic in preparation for the post-conflict phase. The NAFS Programme was launched and continued at a time when polarization within Syrian society was significant. It has continually succeeded in bringing together Syrians who, despite their disagreements, share common values, principles, and a unified vision for a post-conflict Syrian Arab Republic. 

NAFS established an inclusive platform for Syrian-Syrian technical dialogue for Syrians from all walks of life, regardless of their political affiliation, to talk about recovery and sustainable peacebuilding in the post-conflict phase, while targeting actors and needs at the local, national, regional and international levels. The Programme offers Syrians the opportunity to take a prominent role in the post-conflict phase by providing them with a safe space to engage in discussions, to prevent and overcome a conflict trap, and to strengthen the resilience of local structures over the medium and long terms.

Last updated: Nov 2020
Launched: Dec 2016

Cluster: Governance and Conflict Prevention

Focus Area: Resilient development & conflict prevention

Initiatives: National Agenda for the Future of Syria Programme

SDGs: Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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