The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization whose purpose is to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation, and to be a center for harmonizing the actions of nations.

As is the case for all countries which are members of the United Nations, the Netherlands also has an Association for the United Nations. This association, abbreviated to NVVN, was established in 1987. In the founding articles of association, the goal of the NVVN is formulated as: “Advancing the goals of the United Nations in the Netherlands by fostering awareness among Dutch people on the necessity for multilateral cooperation and the establishment of an international rule-based world order.”

The Dutch Association for International Affairs (Nederlands Genootschap voor Internationale Zaken) was established in 1945 with the goal to actively contribute to the exchange of knowledge and information, and to foster the discussion on international issues and the Dutch foreign policy. The NGIZ is fully independent and therefore not bound to any political, religious, or ideological movement.

United Netherlands is an internationally oriented, student-led organization that focuses on the world of international relations and diplomacy. They aim to create a platform where talented, ambitious and motivated young people challenge each other to develop their full potential as global citizens. Within their network of driven young people from diverse backgrounds, gaining skills and knowledge is key in preparation for global challenges to come.

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.

Leiden University was founded in 1575 and is one of the leading international research universities in Europe. The University has seven faculties and a campus in both Leiden and The Hague. Their motto is Praesidium Libertatis – Bastion of Freedom. They distinguish five broad clusters of science areas and one overarching research theme.

The University of Amsterdam is a public research university located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It is one of two large, publicly funded research universities in Amsterdam. Established in 1632 by municipal authorities, and later renamed for the city of Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam is the third-oldest university in the Netherlands. It is the largest university in the Netherlands by enrollment. The main campus is located in central Amsterdam, with a few faculties located in adjacent boroughs. The university is organised into seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Science, Law, Medicine, Dentistry.

Utrecht University (UU; Dutch: Universiteit Utrecht, formerly Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht) is a public research university in Utrecht, Netherlands. Established in 1636, it is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands. Utrecht University counts a number of distinguished scholars among its alumni and faculty, including 12 Nobel Prize laureates and 13 Spinoza Prize laureates. Utrecht University has been placed consistently in the top 100 universities in the world by prominent international ranking tables. The university’s motto is “Sol Iustitiae Illustra Nos,” which means “May the Sun of Righteousness Enlighten Us”.

VU University Amsterdam (abbreviated to VU) is a broad research and education university in Amsterdam. VU is one of two universities in Amsterdam. The VU has several faculties and its own academic hospital, the VU medical center (VUmc). The VU complex is located on De Boelelaan in Buitenveldert, near the Zuidas. The VU was founded as a Protestant Christian university. The university’s classic motto is: Auxilium nostrum in nomine Domini, or: ‘Our help is in the name of the Lord’.