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 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.
→ Helen Clark, 8th Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Former Prime Minister of New Zealand congratulated with the World NGO Day and highlighted the importance of NGO sector for the UN.
→ Eric Falt, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO: “This is an opportunity to raise the flag for NGOs and to simply recognise the way they change the world we live in…”
→ Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development, European Commission: “On every single day of the year, all over the world, NGOs are working hard for the people and communities they have pledged to help. It’s only right that, on just one of those days, the world should celebrate NGOs and thank them for the tremendous work that they do.”
Jan Mattsson, Executive Director, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), 27/02/2014