World NGO Day
|World NGO Day|
|Date(s)||27 February (each year)|
|Inaugurated||27 February, 2014|
|Most recent||27 February|
|Participants||Marked in 96 countries (2010-2019)|
|Organized by||NGOs, NPOs, CSOs, Charities, International organizations, Civil society, Companies and others.|
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World NGO Day is an international calendar day annually observed on the 27th of February. Officially recognized and declared by the 12 member countries of the IX Baltic Sea NGO Forum of the Council of the Baltic Sea States in 2010 and first time marked by the UN, EU leaders and international organizations in 2014.
World NGO Day, February 27, was established by the philanthropist Mārcis Liors Skadmanis. World NGO Day was officially recognized by the Baltic Sea NGO Forum of the Council of the Baltic Sea States on the 17th April 2010. The member countries of the Baltic Sea NGO Forum were Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Norway and Sweden. World NGO Day was officially adopted into the X Baltic Sea NGO Forum’s Final Statement Resolution on the 23rd-25th April 2012, part of the German CBSS Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States. The Forum was taking place at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.
On 27 February 2014, the Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto, Executive Director of United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Jan Mattsson, European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs, Secretary General of the Secretariat to the Nordic Council, Britt Bohlin, UNESCO Assistant Director-General Eric Falt and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark, former Minister of Women’s Affairs of Iran Mahnaz Afkhami and NGO leaders, marked the first commemoration of the World NGO Day in Helsinki, Finland.
|UNDP on World NGO Day – UNDP video statement by Helen Clark, 8th Administrator of UNDP and Former Prime Minister of New Zealand, February 27, 2014|
|European Commissioner for Development on World NGO Day – European Commission video statement by Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development, February 27, 2014.|
World NGO Day aims to inspire people to become more actively involved within NGOs and encourage a greater symbiosis between NGOs and both the public and private sector. The universal concept of the World NGO Day is Celebrate, Commemorate and Collaborate the various NGOs around the world, and the people behind them.
World NGO Day is a day for NGOs around the globe to share knowledge and experiences with one another. It aims to educate individuals worldwide on NGOs and their impact. The World NGO Day provides an opportunity to honour and remember NGO founders, employees, volunteers, members and supporters.
Past and present supporters include UNDP, UNESCO, UNOPS, European Union External Action Service, European Commissioner for Development, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Nelson Mandela Foundation, Cigna, Finland's Slot Machine Association – RAY; Your Public Interest Registry, WANGO, The NGO World; Ubuntu Education Fund, Non-profit Tech for Good in USA; Afghan Institute of Learning, AIESEC; WWF, Amnesty International, Oxfam, International Medical Corps, World Vision and many others. City Mayors like Sergey Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow (Russia); Lin Chia-lung, Mayor of Taichung City (Taiwan). Corporates like Johnson & Johnson (USA); Bank of America (USA); Microsoft, “du” Emirates Telecommunications Company (EITC) (Dubai, UAE) and others.
Around the world
Each year, World NGO Day is celebrated from New Zealand and Australia, to the North and South Americas, bringing together supporters from the NGO sector, international and government leaders, multi and bilateral organisations, private sectors, communities, teachers, learners and experts in the field.
- United Nations:
- European Union:
World NGO Day was marked in more than 96 countries, six continents between 2010-2019.
- Australia: Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has issued an official statement: "On World NGO Day, we recognise the work of our Australian NGO partners in fostering greater prosperity and stability across the Indo-Pacific region and beyond."
- Bahrain: H.E. Dr Fatima Mohammed Albalooshi, Minister of Social Development, the Kingdom of Bahrain supported World NGO Day as an official international calendar day in 2013.
- Finland: International Development Minister Pekka Haavisto, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland was supporting and marking the first World NGO Day globally in 2014.
- Pakistan: World NGO Day is particularly popular in Pakistan. World NGO Day has been celebrated with activities in cities across the country.
- Russia: World NGO Day (Russian: Всемирный день НКО) has been marked by Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin, Acting Governor of Saint Petersburg Alexander Beglov, and also marked in other cities like Mari El, Gorno-Altaysk and many other cities.
- Seychelles: Seychelles observed World NGO Day for the first time under the patronage of Citizens Engagement Platform Seychelles (Ceps) in 2017.
- Taiwan: In honour of World NGO Day 2018, Mayor of Taichung City, Lin Chia-lung announced his plans to open an international iNGO Center in Taichung and develop Taichung into an iNGO city.
- United Kingdom: World NGO Day Initiative was introduced at the UK House of Commons and the House of Lords (UK Parliament) in 2012.
EU - Official statements
Each year European External Action Service issues an official statement on the occasion of World NGO Day. The European External Action Service (EEAS) is the diplomatic service and foreign and defence ministry of the European Union (EU).
- 2019 Statement by High Representative/ Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the occasion of World NGO Day, Bruxelles, 26/02/2019 - 12:00, UNIQUE ID: 190225_13
- 2018 Statement by High Representative/ Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the occasion of World NGO Day, Bruxelles, 26/02/2018 - 20:35, UNIQUE ID: 180226_23
- 2017 Statement on the occasion of the World NGO Day 2017, Bruxelles, 27/02/2017 - 20:05, UNIQUE ID: 170227_11
- International non-governmental organization
- Non-governmental organization
- Voluntary sector
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