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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 1,000 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.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science


Lehigh Students Speaks at the United Nations

Videos by Jordyn Pykon


Ramu Damodaran at Lehigh

Check out the video statement by the creator of the United Nations Academic Impact, upon his visit to Lehigh. Video by Jordyn Pykon



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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Representatives and Interns

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Andrew Ward

Professor, Management and the Charlot and Dennis E. Singleton '66 Chair
Alternate Representative to the United Nations

Batoul Bazine

Assistant Videographer

Charlotte Brown

Digital Media Marketing and Brand Integrity Intern

Emma Closter

Lehigh University / United Nations Youth Representative - Health Focus

Timmy Dillard

Lehigh University / United Nations Communications Intern

Sam Ginn

Lehigh University / United Nations Partnership Intern

Trinity Keh

 Assistant Digital Media Marketing and Brand Integrity Intern

Claire Kirshenbaum

Lehigh University / United Nations Youth Representative 

Mackenzie Lynch

Podcast Development Intern

Jordyn Pykon