Hammarskjöld’s Legacy


Dag Hammarskjöld’s life and legacy informs all aspects of the work we do and, in this way, the Dag Hammarskjöld Legacy programme is a cross-cutting initiative shaping not only the work we do but also how we work.

The Second Secretary-General shaped a lasting concept of the role and responsibilities of the international civil servant, creating standards against which today’s civil servants are to be measured. The goal of this programme is to promote the values and norms that he stood for.

While we aim to preserve Dag Hammarskjöld’s legacy, the concept of this newly launched programme, is to promote a living legacy – one that connects, and re-casts Hammarskjöld’s ethics and principles in a contemporary context. We will do this through a variety of activities spanning from seminars to research initiatives, cultural events to promotional publications. We also hope to engage a wide range of partners in discussion and debate, creating synergies both within and outside the United Nations.

Within the Legacy programme, we are shaping a new project – The Integrity of the International Civil Servant (IICS). Today, as the UN is grappling with issues of reform and relevancy, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation believes that the time is ripe to reflect on and revitalise Hammarskjöld’s principles as they relate to the international civil servant in today’s global context. The Foundation’s ambition with its new project is to invigorate of the IICS concept and its practical implications in the UN.

Dag Hammarskjöld’s legacy belongs to us all and we invite interested partners to contact us – to share your reflections of Dag Hammarskjöld or to engage with us on preserving his legacy and promoting his life’s work to a new audience.


Updates

Blog

Hammarskjöld: A role model for ethical leadership

Although more than half a century has passed since Hammarskjöld’s death, he is still an inspiration for principled leadership. Why is this?

News

Global commemorations for Dag Hammarskjöld

Dag Hammarskjöld died 56 years ago but is still remembered and celebrated across the world.

Event

Dag Hammarskjöld Commemoration

This September, 56 years will have passed since Hammarskjöld and the persons accompanying him tragically died in a plane crash in Ndola, Zambia.

Blog

What can a student of International Relations learn from Dag Hammarskjöld?

In this blog post our communications intern reflects on how Dag Hammarskjöld and his teachings are relevant to students today.

Event

Almedalsveckan 2017

We will be hosting three events together with partners at the annual Almedalsveckan in Visby, Gotland.

Blog

The peacemaker meets his match

The little-known connection between UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld and trailblazing journalist Pauline Frederick.