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
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.
A tale of three countries: ILO talks workforce shifts in time of COVID-19
Lehigh's United Nations Partnership and the International Labour Organization hosted a discussion about the impact of the pandemic on current and future labor markets.
Samantha Margolis '21 Interned at United Nations Watch in Geneva
Margolis provided the closing remarks at the March meeting of the Human Rights Council.