World NGO Day - february 27

How It All Started

The 27th of February, World NGO day, was born in the European Union, the brainchild of young philanthropist Marcis Liors Skadmanis.

World NGO Day was officially recognised in 2010 and adopted into the X Baltic Sea NGO Forum’s Final Statement Resolution on the 23rd-25th of April 2012 in Berlin, part of the German CBSS Presidency. The Global Inaugural event of World NGO day was hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland on 27th of February 2014 in Helsinki, Finland.

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Celebrate, Commemorate and Collaborate

The universal concept of the World NGO Day is to Celebrate, Commemorate and Collaborate - the various NGOs around the world, and the people behind them that contribute to society all year around.

World NGO Day is to inspire people to become more actively involved within NGO sector and encourage a greater symbiosis between NGOs and both the public and private sector.

  • A day for NGOs around the globe to share their knowledge and experiences with one another.
  •  An opportunity for education, enabling individuals worldwide to understand more clearly what NGOs are doing for society, locally, nationally and internationally.

  • An international symbol to display the efforts and achievements of all NGOs from all sectors.

  •  An opportunity to inspire people to consider a career within the NGO/Non-profit sector.

  • An opportunity for individuals to learn more about the people involved with NGOs.

  • An opportunity for NGOs to discuss the issues that affect their work, and form partnerships that can resolve a mutual problem.

International Statement

World NGO day serves all of us to reflect and take a good resolution for the future

February 27 is an important day for civil society. We mark World NGO Day during which we celebrate the various NGOs around the world, the people behind them, and the valuable contribution that they make to society.

Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of INGOs, Council of Europe

During the third Council of Europe Summit of Heads of State and Government in Warsaw, Member States committed themselves to preserving democracy and good governance at all levels, through the active involvement of citizens and civil society. However, genuine civil participation requires an enabling environment for NGOs and trust in democratic institutions. A strong mobilization of citizens and civil society across Europe shows that the world is going through an existential crises that needs the mobilization of all at the local and global level. New citizen movements are created to push forward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, defend climate and social justice, their values and their rights. NGOs must be appreciated and valued as an incubator of democratic innovation and as a transformative power.

World NGO day serves all of us to reflect and take a good resolution for the future. Let’s engage, let’s connect to each other to build solidarity across the world, to stop polarization and to build a cohesive society and a cohesive Europe.

World NGO Day