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.
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.
Representatives and Interns
Professor, Management and the Charlot and Dennis E. Singleton '66 Chair
Alternate Representative to the United Nations
Digital Media Marketing and Brand Integrity Intern
Lehigh University United Nations Youth Representative
Lehigh University United Nations Partnership Intern
Lehigh University United Nations Youth Representative - Health Focus
News & Announcements
Lehigh Students Meet with Israeli and Palestinian Diplomats
The Lehigh University-United Nations Partnership created a space in mid-October for students to engage directly, via Zoom, with the UN Deputy Ambassadors from both Palestine and Israel.
A Life Cycle Approach to Capital Projects: A UN NGO Perspective
Lehigh students recently had the opportunity to explore the connection between corrosion and world affairs via a presentation by George Hays, director of the World Corrosion Organization.
From America-first to World-first
Professors critique U.S. President Joseph R. Biden’s address to the General Assembly