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.
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.
News & Announcements
Lehigh University hosts Students Seeking Solutions conference at United Nations
Veronica McKinny ’18 led a team of Lehigh students in planning the conference on student research in sustainable development.
Students Work with the UN to Bring the Global Local
A small team of Lehigh students is helping the world’s biggest intergovernmental body live up to a lofty goal. The United Nations is demonstrating its commitment to sustainable development by moving toward climate-neutrality, and the students are working with Sustainable United Nations (SUN) to help get them there.