World NGO Day, February 27, was established by the millennial social entrepreneur, Marcis Liors Skadmanis, when he was just 24.
World NGO Day was officially recognised and declared in 2010, and it was officially adopted into Baltic Sea NGO Forum’s Final Statement Resolution, German CBSS Presidency in 2012.
World NGO Day was first time marked by the UN, EU leaders, international organisations and NGOs in 2014 – hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
World NGO Day was officially recognised by the IX Baltic Sea NGO Forum of the Council of the Baltic Sea States* on the 17th April 2010, Lithuania. It was proposed by a Member of the Baltic Sea NGO Forum’s Committee, Director of Civic Alliance-Latvia – Mrs Pipike. The member countries of the Baltic Sea NGO Forum were Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Norway and Sweden.
German CBSS Presidency 2011-2012:
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.
* – The Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) is a regional intergovernmental organisation working on three priority areas: Regional Identity, Safe & Secure Region and Sustainable & Prosperous Region. The CBSS has 11 member states as well as the European Union. And 11 other countries have observer status. The CBSS Headquarters is based in Stockholm, Sweden.
Mrs Heidi Hautala, Minister for International Development, Finland
World NGO Day is an important annual marking point – for all NGOs to commemorate and celebrate their achievements, ensuring that also small grassroots organisations gain the recognition they deserve.
Dr. William F. Shija, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
H.E. Dr. Fatima Mohammed Albalooshi
Minister of Social Development, Kingdom of Bahrain
Mrs Aicha Bah Diallo, Vice President of NGO Liaisons Committee of UNESCO (2014), Chair of FAWE and Former Minister of Education of Guinea, Advisor to theDirector-General of UNESCO from 2005 to 2009.
Jan Mattsson, Executive Director, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), 27/02/2014