Ombuds Day | 8 October 2020


What Is Ombuds Day?

Every second Thursday of October 2020 people around the world take time to celebrate Ombuds. IOA wants to invite you to take part in the celebration. 

Ombuds Day serves as an additional opportunity to educate and raise awareness among the public about the history and practices of the ombuds profession including the various ombuds models, the roles they play, the services they offer, and the value provided.

The primary goal of Ombuds Day is to improve public awareness of ombuds. 

Our actions are intended to

  • Educate the public about the role of ombuds
  • Explain the wide variety of services that ombuds provide
  • Encourage greater use of ombuds programs and services
  • Highlight the value ombuds bring to the institutions and constituents they serve.


Thank you to all of the ombuds and ombuds supporters who participated in #OmbudsDay and helped spread the words about how ombuds can benefit people and organizations.

There are still ways to keep celebrating. Learn more about different events and celebrations Ombuds Day on this page on the Ombuds Day Website.

View recordings and recaps of selected events below:

  Ombuds Day Events/Webinars  

Explore the 2020 Ombuds Day Toolkit

Interested in hosting your own Ombuds Day event or activity?  Perhaps obtain a state or local Ombuds Day proclamation?  Find materials, templates, inspiration, and more in the 
Ombuds Day Toolkit.

  Ombuds Day Toolkit  


Questions About How to Take Part in 2020 Celebrations?

Contact your 2020 Ombuds Day Task Force Liaison.  Liaisons also want to hear about your events and proclamations! 

Follow the Celebration on Social Media

  Twitter: Follow @IntlOmbudsAssoc  


  Check out #OmbudsDay  


  LinkedIn: Follow IOA

Past Ombuds Day Milestones

Proclamations (2020)


Proclamations (2018-2019)


Celebrations (2018-2019)