UN DPI/NGO Status: George Mason University has several affiliations and partnerships with the UN; the most selective one is as an accredited Non-governmental Organization (NGO) to the United Nations Department of Public Information. This status provides Mason faculty and students to work with the United Nations to:
- facilitate the exchange of research and publications with the UN and NGOs,
- educate students and scholars about the work of the United Nations and contribute solutions where possible,
- join in and make positive contributions to UN initiatives such Academic Impact, and the Global Compact,
- help plan and participate in the annual conference for NGOs, and
- develop partnerships with civil society and UN funds, programmes, and specialized agencies
Faculty, staff, and students benefit from the UN DPI/NGO status by
- Access to and advance registration for UN conferences and events in the UN’s on-line database,
- Ground passes to the UN for events, briefings, and meetings,
- Access to the UN DPI/NGO Resource Centre and weekly NGO briefings,
- Appoint two youth representatives to participate in UN related conferences and social media, and
- contribute to UN publications.
Currently, there are 1,500 NGOs around the world with this status, of which only only two dozen are universities, and Mason was among the first several, earning this status in 2007. George Mason is the only university in our nation’s capitol area with UN DPI/NGO accreditation.
Please contact Dr. Sonja Taylor for more information.