World NGO Day

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World NGO day

Marked as a day to commemorate the efforts of Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) all around the world, February 27 is celebrated as World NGO Day every year. Celebrating and collaborating with various NGOs, their missions and contributions are acknowledged on this special day. Moreover, the Council of Europe’s Conference of INGOs plans and organises a high-end conference in Europe, where human rights activists, civil society representatives, stakeholders, and others are brought together to participate in the official celebrations of the day. A memorable, meaningful, and remarkable day for NGOs, regular people can also join in the day by donating to or supporting their local NGO. 

Name of the event  World NGO Day 
Date of celebration  February 27
Observed  Worldwide 
Declared by  European Union (EU); United Nations 
Purpose of Celebration  Celebrating, commemorating, honouring and recognising all NGOs, including the people associated, who work tirelessly every day 

How It All Started: A Timeline 

Let’s start the discussion on World NGO Day by talking about its history and elaborating on the conjecture of its set timeline. 

world ngo day
A Path that Takes You to A Historical Timeline of World NGO Day
The 1700s: From the Beginning International NGOs came into existence working for people and their causes. 
2009 Marcis Liors Skadmanis creates and establishes World NGO Day. 
2010 The Civic Alliance – Latvia at IX Baltic Sea NGO Forum officially proposes World NGO Day,  which is recognised by 12 countries.
2012 The Baltic Sea NGO Forum committee accepts and adopts at Humboldt University in Berlin.  
2014 The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland hosts the first global inaugural event of World NGO Day.
2017 Since this year, the European External Action Service (Foreign and Defence Ministry of the European Union) issues an international statement on World NGO Day.

World NGO Day 2023: Theme 

A theme is set every year, according to which the events and celebrations are planned for the day. The theme for World NGO Day for the year 2023 has not been announced yet. 

World NGO Day: Importance 

This day is of importance throughout the world. Let’s glimpse upon some of the factors of the day that establishes its significance for many. 

  1. It acts significantly for the many contributors who help sustain the functionality of NGOs throughout the world. The support is shared with not only the foundation but also the employees, volunteers, and the general people. 
  2. This day also acts as a reminder for many to shift their attention to a range of worthy causes that get often overlooked. This creates awareness for the general public, who are hence motivated to invest in those causes. 
  3. Furthermore, this day acts as a source of inspiration for people who have been driven to volunteer towards the causes they care about but haven’t been able to bring themselves to, for some reason or another. 

How to Celebrate World NGO Day?

How can one start to celebrate this day? We share some tips below. 

  • Start by volunteering at an NGO and supporting a worthy cause. 
  • Talk about the importance of NGOs and spread awareness!
  • Collaborate with local schools and event organisers to hold events surrounding World NGO Day, where the local people, including pupils and school children, can learn about the causes worth fighting for. 
  • Make a donation to a local NGO. 
  • Take to the social media platform and use the hashtag #worldngoday to share the achievements of the hardworking individuals who have been keeping NGOs active and impactful worldwide. 


Q1. What is the full form of World NGO Day?

Ans. The full form of World NGO Day is World Non-Governmental Organisation(s) Day! 

Q2. What is the top NGO in India? 

Ans. Smile Foundation is one of the top NGOs in India. 

Q3. What are two types of NGOs? 

Ans. There are Operational NGOs and Advocacy NGOs. 

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