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
Samantha Margolis '21 Interned at United Nations Watch in Geneva
Margolis provided the closing remarks at the March meeting of the Human Rights Council.
22-year-old runs from ocean to ocean for Clean Seas
Sam Bencheghib '19 ran from coast to coast to raise awareness of ocean pollution.
UN Partnership Recognized with Heiskell Award for International Education
The university has now received the prestigious award in two consecutive years.