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World Non – Government Organization (NGO) Day: A Day to Celebrate, Honor & Socialize
Team SoOLEGAL 28 Feb 2022

World Non – Government Organization (NGO) Day: A Day to Celebrate, Honor & Socialize

Many nations throughout the globe commemorate World NGO Day on February 27th. In 2014, the United Nations observed World NGO Day for the first. However, the United Nations General Assembly has yet to recognize it as an international NGO day, which is likely why World NGO Day has not achieved significant recognition in India.

The idea behind World NGO day is to ‘celebrate, commemorate, and collaborate’ with all the NGO’s and the people behind them – that are doing not worthy work all around the world. Though it has not yet been established as an international NGO day, World NGO Day is already a worldwide project in its own right. World NGO Day gives a chance for NGOs all around the world to share the world expertise, highlight accomplishments, address shared concerns, and build alliances.

Non – Governmental Organization (NGO)

The phrase ‘non – governmental organization’ was first used in 1945, in Article 71 of the United Nations Charter. Accounting to the United Nations, an NGO is any type of private group that is not for profit and is independent of government control.

The day’s goal is to motivate individuals to get engaged with non – governmental organizations (NGOs) in both the public and private sectors. It also strives to educate people all across the world about NGOs and their influence.

This day honors and remembers the founders, workers. Volunteers, members and supporters of non – profit organizations. World NGO day is an international day dedicated to recognizing, celebrating and honoring all non – governmental and non – profit organizations, as well as the people who work behind the scenes to benefit society all year. In 2014, the 27th of February became a watershed moment for the global NGO community. This international calendar day, currently known as ‘World NGO Day’, was established for the first time on a global scale.

The day also gives individuals a better understanding of what NGOs accomplish for society on a local, national, and worldwide scale. A day for non – governmental organizations (NGOs) all around the world to share their expertise and experiences. A chance for education, allowing people all around the world to better grasp what NGOs do for society on a local, national, and international level. An worldwide emblem to represent the efforts and accomplishments of all non – governmental organizations (NGOs) from all sectors. A chance to encourage people to explore a career in the NGO/Non – profit sector. An chance for folks to learn more about the people engaged with non – governmental  organizations. An chance for non – governmental organizations (NGOs) to address concerns affecting their work and develop alliances that can solve a shared problem.

Officially suggested, acknowledged, and declared in 2010. In 2014, the UN, EU Nordic Council leaders, and international organizations commemorated the first time.

The Baltic Sea NGO Forum in Vilnius, Lithuania, sponsored and recognized World NGO Day on April 17th, 2010. Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Norway, and Sweden were all members of the Baltic Sea NGO Forum. The Baltic Sea NGO Forum Committee Acknowledged World NGO Day on April 23rd, 2012, at the Humboldt University in Berlin, at the X Baltic Sea NGO Forum: Social Capital for a sustainable Baltic Sea Region, under the German CBSS Presidency.

A roundtable discussion at the UK Parliament’s Houses of commons and Lords raised awareness of World NGO Day. On February 27th, 2014, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland sponsored the first worldwide inaugural event of World NGO Day in Helsinki, Finland. Leader from UNOPS, UNESCO, UNDP, the European Union, The Nordic Council, and other international organizations were among the foreign visitors.

EU Official – The European Union is a political and economic comprised of 27 member countries predominantly situated in Europe. Since 2017, the European External Action Service (the European Union’s Foreign and Defense Ministry) has issued an international statement for World NGO Day. At World NGO Day, the EEAS emphasizes the global emphasis and draws attention to critical issues.

There are numerous non – governmental organizations (NGOs) in every country, ranging from large non – profit organizations, professional associations, federations, and chambers of commerce to small local charities and grassroots organization in every city or district representing wide range of interest, sectors and activities.

NGOs are recognized as critical third – sector actors in development, human rights, humanitarian action, gender equality, the environment, and many other areas of public engagement.

Role of NGOs

As World NGO Day reminds us, non – governmental organizations (NGOs) have a positive impact on promoting equality, facilitating development, and increasing general quality of life. NGOs are often citizen – led organizations that operate on a local, national, or worldwide scale. They provide a wide range of services and activities, from humanitarian air and poverty reduction to community development and environment protection. Membership fees, grants from different institutions and governments, individual contributions and the selling of goods and services are major sources of revenue for NGOs.

Types of NGOs

NGOs are classified according to their mission, which can range from service – oriented to altruistic, participative and empowering. In a big, growing country like India, non – governmental organizations (NGOs) serve a variety of functions, complementing the government’s efforts towards overall social development. Their operations include a wide range of social and economic areas and roughly include:

Ø  Increasing access to education for the impoverished.

Ø  Raising Knowledge about women’s rights.

Ø  Combating gender discrimination and human rights violations.

Ø  Bringing the marginalized and disadvantaged elements of society into the mainstream.

Ø  Extending disaster aid during disasters.

Ø  Rehabilitating persons displaced by natural disasters or development initiatives.

Ø  Improving the poor and needy’s economic well – being and level of living.

Ø  Disease prevention and control, as well as health and nutrition promotion.

Ø  Protecting and conserving the environment.

Challenges Indian NGOs face

Most Indian non – governmental organizations (NGOs) are founded by a person or a small group of people who want to make a difference in society. As these companies develop in size and prestige, they face a slew of internal and external difficulties. To begin with, the vast majority of non – governmental organizations (NGOs) employ people who are deeply motivated but insufficiently competent. This causes a variety of problems, ranging from a lack of correct direction to weak organizational capacities and an inability to successfully promote oneself.

Other issues confronting NGOs in India include a shortage of money, restricted public engagement, diminishing volunteering among the youth, and a lack of confidence as a result of the misuse of donations by certain fraudulent NGOs.

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