World NGO Day, 27 February 2019

Invitation to a debate #WorldNGODay
Strasbourg 31 January 2019
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World NGO Day, 27 February 2019

The Conference of INGOs is celebrating World NGO Day on 27 February with the holding of a debate on “Why do we need NGOs? - (I)NGO contribution to the work and to the mandate of the Council of Europe”.

Invited panellists and participants will highlight the invaluable contribution of (I)NGOS to the Council of Europe’s work be it in standard setting, monitoring or co-operation activities. They will also look at the cost to (I)NGOs, and their members, of working for human rights, democracy and the rule of law in a context of democratic decline. The final panel will focus on a Conference of INGOs message to the Committee of Ministers about future perspectives for (I)NGO participation in the Council of Europe.

The debate will take place in Room 5 of the Palais from 8.30am to 12.45pm

Registration is obligatory. Please register online before 20 February 2019. English/French Interpretation will be provided.




What is World NGO Day?

World NGO Day was officially recognised and declared by the member countries of the IX Baltic Sea NGO Forum of the Council of the Baltic Sea States that took place in Lithuania in 2010 The member countries of the Baltic Sea NGO Forum are Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Norway and Sweden.

World NGO Day is a global initiative aiming to:

  • highlight the efforts and achievements of NGOs from all sectors,
  • offer the opportunity for people to understand more clearly what NGOs are doing for society at a local, national and international level and,
  • provide a platform for NGOs to discuss the issues that affect their work and share their knowledge and experience with one another.