In 2004, Lehigh University became the sixth university in the world to gain official recognition as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) by the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI). The NGO status allows Lehigh to foster a unique experiential and educational link from the classroom to the United Nations’ headquarters and beyond.
What is a UN NGO?
An NGO is a non-governmental, non-profit, voluntary citizen’s group organized on a local, national, or international level and officially recognized by the UN. An NGO bears the responsibility of disseminating information to its constituency regarding UN beliefs, practices, and activities. In turn, NGOs provide a wealth of expertise that shapes and informs UN decision-making.
Direct Interaction with Global Decision Makers
- Each year more than 1,800 Lehigh faculty, staff and students attend UN programs including UN conferences, private briefings by UN officials, and other educational seminars
- Ambassadors from Iraq, South Korea, Pakistan, Sudan, Bangladesh, Israel, Palestine, Syria, and Afghanistan have spoken on campus
- More than 30 Lehigh students have interned at the UN
- Lehigh is a member of the UN’s Higher Education Sustainability Initiative
- The College of Education’s course “Experiencing the UN” won the Committee on Teaching About the UN “Best Practices Award”
- Lehigh started the world’s first UN NGO Youth Representative Program
- Lehigh is one of the leading universities in the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) program
- The UN Secretary General has met with Lehigh students three years in a row
Lehigh Students visit UN General Assembly