It was in the midst of the global and Eurozone financial crisis of 2009, when Marcis Liors Skadmanis was just 24, that his determination to improve the lives of the world’s citizens and his passion for finding new solutions to global development problems led him to initiate/establish World NGO Day.
World NGO Day recognises the importance of NGOs, their value to society and the dedication of all individuals behind each NGO, that work all year-round for the benefit of society – locally, nationally and internationally.
Baltic Sea States 2010 - 2012
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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. The member countries of the Baltic Sea NGO Forum were Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Norway and Sweden.
After that 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.
Mrs Sung-joo Kim becomes the first Patron of World NGO Day.
This international day is a positive platform bringing together Non-Governmental Organisations, Non-Profit Organisations and all of us involved in this sector from every continent, to build a strong future for everyone. /Kim Sung-joo, 2010/
Kim Sung-joo is the Founder, Chairperson and Chief Visionary Officer of Sungjoo Group (founded 1990) and MCM Holding AG. Kim was selected as a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1997 and received the Ethics in Business Award from the EU government in 2009. In 2012 she was listed in Forbes’ Top 50 Asian Business Women.
■ Nordic World NGO Day introductory meeting was held at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Helsinki, Finland
Photos: Nordic World NGO Day introductory meeting
■ First Official Letter of support from H.E. Ms Heidi Hautala, the Minister for International Development of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Finland.
■ Dr William F. Shija, Secretary-General, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association issued his official support to the international day of NGOs.
■ The preinaugural World NGO Day was hosted by the Royal Over-Seas League, London, UK.
■ Official Letter of support from H.E. Dr. Fatima Mohammed Albalooshi Minister of Social Development, Kingdom of Bahrain
■ World NGO Day Introductory Meeting at UNESCO in Paris, France.
On 27 February 2014, international leaders celebrated and marked the first World NGO Day.
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 – hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
■ World NGO Day was marked in 38 countries, the first time in Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Africa.
■ World NGO Day becomes particularly popular in Pakistan, bringing together up to 500 NGO leaders from all Pakistan.
■ World NGO Day’s global acclaim has grown significantly.
■ Seychelles observed World NGO Day for the first time. Read More
■ European External Action Service (Foreign and Defence Ministry of the European Union) issued the first Statement on the occasion of the World NGO Day. Read More
■ World NGO Day was marked in 75 countries (Source – Social Media, hashtags, publications, TV, Radio interviews etc.)
■ Federica Mogherini, HR/ Vice-President of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, EEAS issued the second on the occasion of the World NGO Day. Read More
■ World NGO Day was marked for the first time by Mayor of Moscow, Russia and Mayor of Taichung, Taiwan.
■ World NGO Day was marked by large corporates like Johnson & Johnson (USA); Bank of America (USA); “du” Emirates Telecommunications Company (UAE) and others.
■ World NGO Day was marked and celebrated in 89 countries, six continents. (Source – Social Media, hashtags, publications, TV, Radio interviews etc.)