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.
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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.
Lehigh UN Partnership Newsletter
Visit the UN
Every semester, we take students and faculty to the UN headquarters in New York.
Hear from Global Leaders
High-level UN officials visit campus to speak with students.
Share Your Perspective
The UN Youth Representative Program connects Lehigh students with global NGOs.
News & Announcements
Lehigh to Extend Partnership with Committee on Teaching about the United Nations
For more than a decade, Lehigh University students have served as volunteers and official rapporteurs for the annual Committee on Teaching about the United Nations (CTAUN) conference, held at UN headquarters in New York City.
Lehigh Students to Present at UN Women's Empowerment Conference
Lehigh University students will present a Parallel Session at the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in March.
Faculty panel discusses President Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations
The Lehigh University and United Nations Partnership hosted a faculty teach-in on Sept. 24, where three Lehigh faculty members weighed in on Trump’s address to the UN.