World NGO Day

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World NGO Day
WORLD NGO DAY logo.png
Official nameWorld NGO Day
Also calledNGO Day
Observed byAll Member states of the CBSS and EU
CelebrationsTo celebrate and raise awareness of the NGO and NPO sectors
Date27 February
Next time27 February 2022 (2022-02-27)

World NGO Day is an international day dedicated to recognize, celebrate and honour all non-governmental and nonprofit organisations,[1] and the people behind them that contribute to society all year around.[2] Annually celebrated on 27 February. It was declared by the 12 member countries of the Baltic Sea NGO Forum, Council of the Baltic Sea States in 2010[3] and recognised by the European External Action Service, European Union.[4] First time it was marked by the UN, EU leaders and international organizations in 2014.[5]


The 27 February, World NGO day, was born in the European Union in 2009,[6]the brainchild of the Latvian British philanthropist[7]Marcis Liors Skadmanis.[8][9] World NGO Day was officially proposed and declared in 2010, and adopted into the X Baltic Sea NGO Forum’s Final Statement Resolution[disambiguation needed] on 23-25 April 2012 at Humboldt University of Berlin.[10] And acknowledged by representatives from 12 countries, as part of the German CBSS Presidency. The member countries of the Baltic Sea NGO Forum were Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Norway and Sweden.[citation needed]

Awareness of the World NGO Day was increased through a roundtable at the House of Commons and House of Lords, UK Parliament.[11] The same year, UNESCO acknowledged it in 2013.[12]

The first global inaugural event of World NGO day was hosted by the Ministry for Foreign affairs of Finland on 27 February 2014 in Helsinki, Finland.[13] The international guests were leaders from UNOPS, UNESCO, UNDP, European Union, Nordic Council and international organizations.[14]


The Council of Europe is celebrating World NGO Day on 27 February 2019 in Strasbourg

World NGO day’s global acclaim has grown significantly, celebrated by various communities,[15] international leaders, city mayors,[16] corporates[17] and many organisations around the world.[18] The day is celebrated in February in more than 89 countries and over six continents.[19] The universal concept of the World NGO Day is to Celebrate, Commemorate and Collaborate[20] - the various NGOs around the world, and the people behind them that contribute to society all year around.[21]


Each year World NGO Day is celebrated in different languages from Australia,[22] Asia, Africa[23] to North and South Americas.[24] For example, the first Pakistani World NGO Day was held on Thursday, 27 February 2014, and was organized by Zafar Iqbal,[25] since then World NGO Day become very popular,[26]bringing together up to 1,000 Pakistani NGO leaders to conferences, awards, workshops, exhibitions on 27 February every year in Islamabad.[citation needed]


Since 2017, each year the European External Action Service (Foreign and Defence Ministry of the European Union) issues the international statement[disambiguation needed] on the occasion of World NGO day.[27] The EEAS indicates the global focus and themes of World NGO Day.[28] Since 2019, World NGO Day is celebrated in Europe by the INGOs Conference of the Council of Europe, Council of Europe.[29] It represents a variety of stakeholders, including representatives of Civil society, Permanent representations of Council of Europe Members States, prominent Human Rights activists, students and members of the Secretariat of the Council of Europe.[30]

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  15. ^ "Statement by Minister of International Development for World NGO Day". Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  16. ^ "The Honorary Medal 2020 of World NGO Day, The First Mayor in East Asia Presented to Mayor Lu Shiow-yen". Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  17. ^ "World NGO Day: Celebrate, commemorate and collaborate". Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Fostering positive social change worldwide". Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  19. ^ "Governor receives Honorary World NGO Day Award". Retrieved 28 April 2021.
  20. ^ "World NGO Day: Obaseki salutes sacrifices of civil society organisations". Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  21. ^ "Ceps celebrates World NGO Day". Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  22. ^ "Celebrating World NGO Day". Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  23. ^ "World NGO Day Minister Celebrates Partners". Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  24. ^ "Día Mundial de las ONG´s". Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  25. ^ "Pakistani awarded on World NGO Day 2020". Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  26. ^ "Pakistan celebrates World NGO Day". Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  27. ^ "World NGO Day: Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell". Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  28. ^ "EU stands up for civil society worldwide". Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  29. ^ "Council of Europe celebrates the World NGO Day". Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  30. ^ "Challenges Facing NGOs in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations". Retrieved 26 February 2019.