DMU strengthens its links with the United Nations

De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)'s work as an advocate for the United Nations' agenda has led to it being granted the status of associate member for the United Nations' DPI-NGO, the Department of Public Information. 

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The university has been awarded associate status for its work as an advocate for UN issues ranging from education, gender equality and human rights. 

DMU’s work has focused on the Sustainable Development Goals which are the UN’s goals for a better planet. These 17 goals which can be found here have been embedded in courses across the university to encourage students to learn about and develop ideas for sustainable development.

Associate members also help to share information about UN priorities ranging from international awareness days to events which highlight issues such as climate change and campaigns.

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Mark Charlton, Associate Head of Public Engagement at DMU said: “DMU is proud to have been named an associate of the UN’s Department for Public Information.

“The university has fully embraced the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in its teaching, learning and research and we look forward to sharing its work further still using our global network of partners and alumni.”

DMU joins more than 1,300 non-governmental organisations who are associated with the DPI, including 37 in the UK.

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Non governmental organizations are important partners in disseminating information about United Nations priority issues and the role of the Organization to the world.

In a message to the Civil Society Forum held in conjunction with the United Nations Commission for Social Development, on 31 January 2017, the Secretary General indicated that “a strong civil society sector is central to advancing social progress”, stressing that the United Nations remains committed to seeking civil society’s “advice, expertise, support and partnership”.

DMU’s associate membership follows #JoinTogether, DMU’s work for the UN in engaging universities around the world to share best practice and ideas on how best to support refugees in their communities.

Posted on Wednesday 6th February 2019

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