2010 - 2012
Baltic Sea Region:

Recognised & Declared

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.

2012: Finland

To mark the exceptional and highly valuable work that the NGOs are doing, I warmly support the initiative to establishing an international World NGO Day. The calendar day can also serve as an opportunity to aim towards more capable and strong NGO sector and to ensuring that there is also an enabling working environment for these organisations in every part of the world. 

 Mrs Heidi Hautala, Minister for International Development, Finland

2012: UK

Awareness of the World NGO Day was increased through a Roundtable at the House of Commons and House of Lords, UK Parliament.

Commonwealth Countries

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

2013: Bahrain

“We strongly support this important initiative establishing it as an official international calendar day – World NGO Day.”

H.E. Dr. Fatima Mohammed Albalooshi
Minister of Social Development, Kingdom of Bahrain

2013: UNESCO

“The international day for NGOs could be an important milestone for the UN Millennium Goals since the NGO sector is an important partner in order to achieve those goals – for a better civil society contribution, participation, and acknowledgement.”

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.

27 February 2014
& First Celebration

On 27 February, hundreds of NGOs and the UN, UNESCO, EU, international leaders gathered in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, to celebrate and mark the first World NGO Day – hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

→ 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.” 


Personally, I believe that a World NGO Day is an excellent opportunity to recognize and celebrate the successes of the sector, and also to provide a focus for new ideas.

Jan Mattsson, Executive Director, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), 27/02/2014


2015 & 2016

World NGO Day’s global acclaim has grown significantly, marked and celebrated by various communities, international leaders and many organisations around the world. World NGO Day is particularly popular in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Seychelles and South Asia Region.

2017 & 2018: European Union

Today we celebrate the World NGO Day, we celebrate the key civil society’s contribution to public space and their unique ability to give voice to those who would have gone otherwise unheard.

Federica MogheriniHigh Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

2018: Taichung City, Taiwan

In honour of “World NGO Day’’, Mayor of Taichung City Mr Chia-Lung Lin announced his plans to open an international Non-Governmental Organization (iNGO) Center in Taichung, Wufeng District. It hopes to attract international large-scale NGOs and develop Taichung into an iNGO city.

2018: Moscow, Russia

World NGO Day was marked for the first time by Mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin. Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobjanin donated £5 million to NGO sector. Furthermore, he hosted an honorary event to award 41 Russian NGO leaders from different sectors.



2018: Edo State, Nigeria

I applaud civil society organisations for their roles in sustaining democracy, holding governments accountable and advancing the course of humanity for the greater good of all.
Godwin Obaseki, Edo State Governor, Nigeria

World NGO Day