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
Lehigh University United Nations Youth Representative - Health Focus
Lehigh University United Nations Youth Representative
Lehigh University United Nations Partnership Intern
News & Announcements
Learning How Global Information Is Spread
Noah Bookhim ’24 is the latest in a long line of Lehigh students working as UN interns.
Zemichael Gebeyehu ’24 uses the UN as a launching point for his studies, career
Gebeyehu wants to help developing countries reach space, in a sustainable way.
Lehigh Partners with UNDP on Green Entrepreneurship MOOC
More than 1,800 people will participate in the Massive Open Online Course offered by the United Nations Development Programme is offering the through its Learning for Nature program.