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ECHO turns 20: follow the launch event today!

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20/03/2012  - 

This year we mark the 20th anniversary of ECHO, the European Commission's humanitarian aid service. An occasion to celebrate and reflect on the present and future challenges for humanitarian work, today the anniversary will gather in Brussels humanitarian leaders and hundreds of people who have contributed to ECHO's work throughout the years.

The President of the Commission, José Manuel Barroso, will open the anniversary conference together with Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva. Discussions will follow between leading figures from the humanitarian community, including the Commissioners in charge of ECHO – past and present, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Jakob Kellenberger, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, and Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council Elisabeth Rasmusson. Young people involved in humanitarian activities will also present their vision for the future of the sector.

Discussions will focus on the European Union's role in helping vulnerable people in crises, and how crisis response has evolved in the last two decades, as well as the changes and challenges the future will bring for the humanitarian community.

The programme of the ECHO@20 launch event can be found here .

As of 4pm Brussels time, the event can be watched live through this link.