Media Corner - European Humanitarian Forum 2024

Media Corner

Welcome to the European Humanitarian Forum (EHF) Media Corner. We are happy to support media representatives who would like to report on the 2024 edition of the event.

Our team is available to answer any questions you may have at

Media Advisory

We are pleased to invite you to join the third edition of the European Humanitarian Forum, which will take place from Monday 18 to Tuesday 19 March 2024. The event will be held in Flagey, in Brussels, and will be also livestreamed on this website.

This year’s Forum, co-organised by the European Commission (DG ECHO) and the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU, will focus on two thematic strands: “Funding gap and prioritisation” and “Forgotten crises and fragile humanitarian environments.”

Global humanitarian needs have reached unprecedented levels. Projections indicate that in 2024 nearly 300 million people around the world need humanitarian assistance and protection, still foremost due to armed conflicts and increasingly due to climate emergencies and other pressing global issues. As a leading humanitarian donor, the EU together with its Member States is therefore offering its yearly gathering yet again to serve as an inclusive platform for strategic and open debates among all the humanitarian stakeholders - the EU’s political decision-makers, including EU Member States Ministers of foreign Affairs, and the wider international humanitarian community - to address these issues collectively and find common pathways ahead.

Following the success of the first two editions of the European Humanitarian Forum in March 2022 and 2023, the third edition of the event will continue to focus on humanitarian aid in a wider, cross-sectoral context. The Forum will delve into the implications of the current humanitarian crises, including relevant interaction of humanitarian aid with other key sectors and policy areas foremost from the development and peace dimensions. Moreover, it will bring together local actors, with the objective to jointly propose innovative and more sustainable solutions to address contemporary humanitarian challenges.

Key Speakers include:

  • Janez Lenarčič, European Commissioner for Crisis Management
  • Caroline Gennez, Belgian Minister of Development Cooperation
  • Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
  • Cindy McCain, Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP)
  • Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • Catherine Russell, Executive Director, UNICEF
  • Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

You can access the detailed agenda of the event here: Programme - European Humanitarian Forum 2024

Follow the event on social media: #EHF2024

Journalists who wish to attend the European Humanitarian Forum will need to register via the event’s website, under the category “Press.” Registrations will close on 14 March at 10.00 am.

To submit interview requests journalists are invited to send an email to:

The event’s concluding press conference, which will be given by the co-hosts Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič and Belgian Minister of Development Cooperation Caroline Gennez, will be held on 19 March, at 16.00, at the Berlaymont Building Press Room and will be also live streamed on EbS.

Room for the press/ Facilities for members of the press

A press corner is available onsite at the disposal of journalists and technical staff of the televisions and can be used for interviews.

Audio-visual equipment is not provided. The Wi-Fi network is also available free of charge.

Media representatives will also be able to conduct interviews for use on social media against a branded roll-up.

The third edition of the European Humanitarian Forum, co-organised by the European Commission (DG ECHO) and Belgium in the framework of its Presidency of the Council of the EU, takes place in the context of sharply increasing global humanitarian needs, at a time of shrinking humanitarian space, increasingly complex and protracted conflicts, the politicisation of aid, and increasing vulnerabilities due to climate change.

Press contacts

For questions concerning the press at Flagey:

For questions concerning the press conference at Berlaymont: