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Fairleigh Dickinson Earns Accreditation as Non-governmental Organization at the United Nations
Fairleigh Dickinson University Strengthens Ties to the United Nations
Teaneck, NJ ó (March 19, 2002) Fairleigh Dickinson University has earned accreditation as a non-governmental organization (NGO) through the Department of Public Information at the United Nations. Fairleigh Dickinson is one of three universities in the U.S. with NGO accreditation.
The designation provides Fairleigh Dickinson with special access to U.N. facilities, briefings and programs. The University is able to name three permanent representatives who can attend NGO briefings and other open sessions at the United Nations. The University representatives, President J. Michael Adams, Associate Provost Michael Sperling and Assistant Provost Irwin Isquith, are allowed entry to all U.N. conferences and meetings (excluding Security Council sessions) as well as access to the U.N. research library.
To earn NGO accreditation, Fairleigh Dickinson submitted information and data illustrating its commitment to the United Nations and its mission. Granting of the status recognizes the alignment of the U.N. mission and FDUís global education mission, to educate students as world citizens.
Since the inception of the University, there have been close ties between the United Nations and Fairleigh Dickinson University. For the past two years, President Adams has served as honorary New Jersey chairman of U.N. Day.
The first president of the University, Peter Sammartino, started the practice of bringing U.N. ambassadors onto the campus to speak and to teach. During the current semester, four U.N. ambassadors will lecture at the University in conjunction with the United Nations Pathway Lecture Series. Ambassador Ahmad Kamal, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, spoke on both campuses in February.
Ambassador Inocencio Arias, Permanent Representative of Spain to the United Nations, appears on March 25; Ambassador Kamalesh Sharma, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, will speak on April 3; and Ambassador Yukio Satoh, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, concludes the series on April 24. These free lectures are open to the public.
In addition, video conferences broadcast over the past two months from the United Nations to the Universityís interactive television facilities focused on "Religious Fundamentalism and Terrorism" and "Potential Conflicts in the World." The conferences featured representatives of Egypt, Georgia, Uganda and Indonesia.
Recently, Fairleigh Dickinson was designated the permanent archives site for the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP). The archives will house all historic documents of the organization and will be available to anyone researching the history of the IAUP.
"Our motivation is to support IAUP," said President Adams, "and return Fairleigh Dickinson to substantive involvement with a special organization that was part of our founderís commitment to world education." Sammartino was a co-founder of the IAUP.
These important affiliations and developments are a further expansion of the global education mission of the University.