Every year on February 27th, World NGO Day is held to honour, recognise, and engage with NGOs all across the world. The day’s goal is to encourage individuals to get involved with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in both the public as well as private sectors. It also strives to educate people all across the world about NGOs and their influence.
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History of World NGO Day
On April 17th, 2010, twelve countries from the Baltic Sea NGO Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, proposed and recognised World NGO Day. Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Norway, and Sweden were among the Baltic Sea NGO Forum’s members. The Baltic Sea NGO Forum Committee acknowledged World NGO Day on April 23rd, 2012, at the Humboldt University in Berlin, under the German CBSS Presidency, during the 10th Baltic Sea NGO Summit: Social Capital for quite a Sustainable Baltic Sea Region.
On February 27th, 2014, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland sponsored the first global initial event of World NGO Day in Helsinki, Finland. Leaders representing UNOPS, UNESCO, UNDP, the European Union, the Nordic Council, and other international organisations were among the international guests.
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This day provides an opportunity to reflect on unselfish service and hard effort. Currently, millions of volunteers and social activists provide services to society, many of them do so for no charge. The day also enables people to understand what NGOs perform on a local, national, and worldwide level to benefit society.
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