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Leru tie-in with UN

The League of European Research Universities has increased cooperation with the UN with the aim of having more influence globally, it said following a two-day gathering of its members in Geneva.

In a statement on 16 May, Leru said it had applied for a special consultative status at the UN Economic and Social Council, through which it said it wanted to influence the UN Council’s work on research globally.

Leru also announced it had signed up to the UN Academic Impact Principes—which aims to align research and higher education with the UN and promote international collaboration. It added that closer ties with the UN would also be complementary to its other international initiatives, such as setting up a global council of research universities with organisations in the United States, Australia, China, Canada, Japan, UK, countries in east Asia and Germany. 

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