In 2012 ECHO is celebrating its 20th anniversary. On March 20th a celebratory launch event will take place in Brussels.
President Barroso will open the event together with Commissioner Georgieva. Discussions will take place between leading figures from the humanitarian community including the Commissioner in charge of ECHO Kristalina Georgieva, the former Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Emma Bonino, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Jakob Kellenberger, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, the Secretary General on the Norwegian Refugee Council Elisabeth Rasmusson and the President of VOICE Wolf-Dieter Eberwein. 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 and Member states' role in helping vulnerable people in crises, and how crisis response has changed and evolved in the last two decades, as well as the changes and challenges the future will bring for the humanitarian community.