Representatives from more than 90 countries and a dozen international organizations gathered Saturday in the Swiss city of Burgenstock for the first day of an international conference advocating for a concrete and united roadmap toward peace in Ukraine.

One day after a joint communique from the Group of Seven spelled out the bloc’s unwavering commitment to the war-torn country, the conference — a largely symbolic show of solidarity — set out to lay the groundwork for a sustainable peace-making process.

But the absence of both Russia, which was not invited, and its key backer, China, stirred doubts about the impact of the summit, especially as the conflict in Gaza diverts global attention.