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In 2004, Lehigh University became the sixth university in the world to gain Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status with the United Nations.

This designation gives the university rare access to the world’s largest intergovernmental organization. Each year more than 1,500 Lehigh faculty, staff and students attend UN conferences, high-level briefings and private meetings with ambassadors and other UN officials in New York City and on campus.

Get the latest news from the Lehigh University-United Nations Partnership in our fall 2018 newsletter (pdf).

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.

By the Numbers

The UN Connection


students are UN NGO Youth Representatives

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students have interned at the United Nations

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Ambassadors from around the world have spoken at Lehigh

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Our Team

Alternate Representatives to the UN

Lehigh University Youth Representatives to the UN

Sarita Mizin

Jessica Williams