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

News

Markings of His Life

Together with the Swedish publisher Max Ström, the Foundation is proud to release a new biography of Dag Hammarskjöld.

Blog

Integrity crucial to making the ‘world’s most impossible job’ possible

What can the new UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres learn from his predecessor Dag Hammarskjöld?

Blog

Dag Hammarskjöld’s legacy: what does it mean for Africa?

If Hammarskjöld’s vision for Africa is to be realised, greater focus is needed on conflict prevention and governance.

Dag Hammarskjöld on his last trip to the Congo Blog

Suez and the Congo -Hammarskjöld’s Lasting Legacy

What can we learn from Dag Hammarskjöld and his courageous conflict mediation during the Cold War?

Dag Hammarskjöld arrives in Léopoldville on the 13 of September 1961, one of the last photos of Hammarskjöld. Event

Dag Hammarskjöld Commemoration

This September, 55 years will have passed since Hammarskjöld and the persons accompanying him tragically died in the plane crash in Ndola.

Publication

The 2016 Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture by Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon delivered the lecture on the theme "Evolving Threats, Timeless Values: The United Nations in a Changing Global Landscape".