European Humanitarian Forum

Date & Time

Monday, 21st of March 2022 12:30 CET - Wednesday, 23rd of March 2022 16:30 CET


Hybrid format




The European Humanitarian Forum will take place in Brussels from Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 March 2022, in a hybrid format, with most of the events allowing for remote participation and engagement. It is organised by the European Commission and France in the perspective of its future Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The European Humanitarian Forum will gather policy makers, humanitarian partners and other stakeholders, for a more sustained dialogue on humanitarian policy and strategy.

Warm-up webinar 

On 14 December 2021, the Anticipation Hub, together with DG ECHO, France and VOICE, co-organized a webinar on ‘Tackling the humanitarian consequences of climate change: scaling up anticipatory action’. Read more here


Here are a list of those that may be of particular interest to the anticipatory action community. View the full programme here.

Monday 21, 12:00 CET Humanitarian Talks: Anticipatory action analytics data  | German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Recent innovations in data analysis and modeling allow humanitarians to better anticipate to emerging crises and acting as early as possible before they strike. This talk will provide an exclusive insight in what different actors are doing to innovate and put new data and analysis techniques and models into practice globally. It will provide an opportunity to discuss how collectively we can build a stronger network to further foster progress and synergies to the Anticipatory Action Analytics efforts.

Monday 21, 15:45 - 17:30 |  Humanitarian impact of climate change and environmental crises | 

Climate change is a direct and existential threat to humanity and our planet; yet more needs to be done on global climate action, particularly in already vulnerable settings. By 2050, over 200 million people could need humanitarian assistance as a result of climate-related disasters and the socioeconomic impact of climate change.This session will take stock of current and expected climate change impact on humanitarian needs and humanitarian aid operations. It will call to step up efforts to reduce the humanitarian impact of climate change notably through joint initiatives on increased preparedness, risk-informed approaches, anticipatory action and climate resilience of those most at risk.

Xavier Castellanos Mosquera, Under-Secretary-Genderal of IFRC, will be speaking on this panel. 

Tuesday 22, 11:00 CET | Parallel sessions 5: Building a climate response capacity: the role of early warning systems | European Commission 

This session will focus on the humanitarian impact of climate change, in particular how to anticipate and reduce impacts or prepare for humanitarian aid through early warning in combination with early action/anticipation. It will highlight the importance of timely and effective provision of information that allows early action to mitigate the risks and impacts of a disaster, and to facilitate preparedness for an effective response.

Tuesday 22, 13:00 CET | Humanitarian Innovative financing: a means to address the funding gap? | DG ECHO

This Humanitarian talk will build on the momentum that has been established since the 2016 report of the UN High Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing towards harnessing new sources of finance, in particular drawing on private investment, to address the humanitarian financing gap. Concerted actions from public donors as well as humanitarian organisations are still required in order to de-risk and catalyse private investments, in particular in the tougher economic climate following COVID-19. This event will aim to highlight the actions that organisations can take to draw in this private investment, building on recent good practice in the field and the experience of development cooperation in promoting private sector investment to address the SDGs.

Wednesday 23, 11:00 CET |  Humanitarian Talks: Changing the way we manage disasters: linking anticipatory action and social protection to protect agricultural livelihoods from shocks in Asia | DG ECHO

A growing number of stakeholders and national governments around the world are now using this Anticipatory Action approach to shield people from climate- and human-induced hazards. Linking AA to national social protection systems (NSPS) can also be an effective way to strengthen coordination between humanitarian actors and national governments and make NSPS more shock-responsive. Evermore it is seen as a way to integrate the anticipatory approach into national policies, bridge the Humanitarian Development Peace (HDP) divide, and promote a more efficient, effective and sustainable way of managing shocks.

Wednesday 23, 14:00 CET |  Humanitarian Talks: Disaster Risk Reduction in the context of Fragility and Climate Change | Czech Foreign Ministry

How can we connect all concerted efforts and actors across the humanitarian-development-peace-nexus to reduce humanitarian needs in fragile contexts? How can we shift from response to preparedness? How can disaster risk reduction and anticipatory action fit into the climate change adaptation and mitigation?

Wednesday 23, 16:00 CET | Humanitarian Talks: Building shock-responsive social protection in the Caribbean | World Food Programme 

Many countries in the Caribbean have signalled their interest in making social protection systems more responsive to shocks, strengthening what exists to reach and assist vulnerable and affected populations. The international community, including UN agencies like the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), and international financial institutions have partnered with several governments across the Caribbean so that social protection systems are better prepared to respond to the shocks and disasters that will inevitably occur in the future. The proposed Talk aims at highlight the experiences of national governments in using and strengthening national social protection in response to pandemic and showcase the importance of partnership with international financial institutions like the World Bank in scaling up efforts.