UN Initiatives@Rutgers

Supporting Rutgers faculty with their engagement at the United Nations

Rutgers Global has launched UN Initiatives@Rutgers to help support our faculty members with their research and engagement at the UN. Through collaborative efforts, we bring together experts in different fields to help support faculty in their research and teaching about global issues. We also aim to create a community of practice surrounding activities at and with the UN, including promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Holly Chen Tyson, Senior Program Administrator
For UN related inquiries, email us: RU-UN Program@global.rutgers.edu 

Rutgers and the UN

Sustainability Centers and Institutes at Rutgers

Rutgers Affiliations with the UN

Department of Global Communications (DGC) Civil Society | United Nations  

  • Rutgers is an Affiliated NGO. Rutgers faculty/staff/students may apply to attend DGC briefings. RU representatives attend annual NGO conference. 

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) https://unfccc.int/  

  • Rutgers has Observer Status for any UNFCCC events. Rutgers faculty members attended COP27 and COP28 in 2022 and 2023.  The application to attend is announced every year. There are limited badges assigned to each organization. A committee will review applications to determine the badge distribution for Rutgers. 

United Nations Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) https://www.cbd.int/ 

  • Rutgers has Observer Status for any CBD open event. Rutgers faculty attended meetings in 2022. Faculty may apply to attend CBD conference. 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) https://www.ipcc.ch/ 

  • Rutgers has Observer Status to any CBD event 

Intergovernmental Panel on Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES):

Honors Living Learning Community at Rutgers-Newark

RU-UN Programs

MA Program in Political Science, United Nations and Global Policy Studies (including the certificate in Global Public Health):

Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights:

Becky Davis: 39th Social Work Day at the United Nations (Sponsored by Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the UN and the Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN):

Connie Sensor: Chief representative to the UN for the League of Women Voters of the United States; Director on the Global NGO Executive Committee:

Rosa Villanueva-Franco: Rutgers University Committee for Sustainability:

Rutgers faculty and staff in front of the UN

Visits to the UN

Student group: The Rutgers Global Office can facilitate student group requests for a guided tour at the UN headquarters. One private student group tour can have up to 20 people and total cost is $376.00 (minimum payment for a group).

For the UN tour details, please visit:


Resources +

UN TV (https://media.un.org/en/webtv): link to all publicly available streaming events at the UN

Official Document System of the United Nations https://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/databases/UN_docs