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World NGO Day – 27 February

    World NGO Day

    Citizen movements are rising in strength to support Sustainable Development Goals, climate and social justice protection, and their perspectives and rights. Nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) must be recognised and respected for their role as incubators of democratic innovation and force multipliers.

    February 27, 2014, marks the founding of World NGO Day. The World NGO Day presents a learning opportunity that enables everyone on the planet to understand better the work that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) do on a local, national, and international level. 

    On April 17, 2010, 12 Baltic Sea NGO Forum member nations formally created and recognised World NGO Day in Vilnius, Lithuania. The member nations included Denmark, Belarus, Finland, Estonia, Iceland, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Poland, Sweden, and Norway. The Baltic Sea NGO Forum Committee commemorated World NGO Day on April 23, 2012, at Humboldt University in Berlin, during the X Baltic Sea NGO Forum: Social Capital for a Sustainable Baltic Sea Region.

    A roundtable discussion in the UK Parliament’s House of Commons and House of Lords raised awareness of World NGO Day. The Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs sponsored the world’s inaugural World NGO Day event in Helsinki, Finland, on February 27, 2014. The event had representatives from UNOPS, UNESCO, the United Nations Development Programme, the European Union, the Nordic Council, and other international organisations.

    At the Council of Europe’s third Heads of State and Government Summit in Warsaw, Member States pledged to sustain democracy and good governance at all levels, including citizen and civil society involvement. 

    Genuine citizen participation requires an enabling climate for NGOs and faith in democratic institutions. A major mobilisation of individuals and civil society throughout Europe demonstrates that the world is witnessing a crisis, necessitating the mobilisation of all local and global stakeholders.

    The objective of World NGO Day is to inspire individuals to get more active in the non-governmental sector and foster a more symbiotic relationship between NGOs and both the public and commercial sectors. It is a day when non-governmental organisations (NGOs) worldwide gather to exchange information and experiences. It is a universal sign honouring the efforts and accomplishments of all non-governmental organisations from all sectors. It has evolved into a vehicle for motivating individuals to seek careers in the non-governmental/non-profit sector. 

    World NGO Day serves as a dual-purpose forum. On the one hand, people can learn more about those who work in non-governmental organisations. On the other hand, non-governmental organisations can discuss problems affecting their work and develop partnerships to address a shared concern.


    World NGO Day’s mission is to encourage people to get more involved in the non-governmental sector and promote a more symbiotic connection between NGOs and the public and private sectors. It is a day when non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from all over the globe come together to share their knowledge and experiences. Nongovernmental organisations may exchange information about issues impacting their work and collaborate to solve common concerns. Learn more about how Ketto’s fundraising ideas for NGOs.

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