In 2012, Fordham University became one of a select group of universities in the world to gain official recognition as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) by the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI). The NGO status allows Fordham University to foster a unique experiential and educational link from the classroom to the United Nations headquarters and beyond. Read more about Fordham’s U.N. association.

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 United Nations. An NGO bears the responsibility of disseminating information to its constituency regarding United Nations beliefs, practices, and activities. In turn, NGOs provide a wealth of expertise that shapes and informs United Nations decision-making.

  • Each year Fordham faculty, staff and students attend UN programs including UN conferences, briefings by U.N. officials, and NGOS
  • Every year Fordham selects 2 students to serve as in Fordham’s Youth Representative Program at the United Nations
  • Fordham is a member of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) program
  • Fordham has a Facebook for United Nations interested student group called the Fordham University Impact Initiative

Fordham UN NGO Youth Representatives

In 2012, Fordham created its first UN NGO Youth Representative Program. The program selects two Fordham students each year to represent Fordham University at the United Nations and bring other students, faculty and staff to attend UN and NGO events. They receive a badge to have regular access to attend U.N. briefings, conferences and NGO briefings and blog about their experiences and knowledge gained. Fordham’s Youth reps at the United Nations are graduate and undergraduates that are passionate about the United Nation’s agenda and working with NGO causes from all over the world.

Apply Now to become Fordham University’s next Youth Representative at the United Nations.

Visits to the United Nations

All members of the Fordham community are welcome to visit the United Nations. We can arrange a special pass for Fordham guests to attend UN NGO briefings and we can make recommendations for making it a “day” at the United Nations. Email: keroberts@fordham.edu to inquire about visiting the United Nations.


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