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.



Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture 2015: José Ramos-Horta

The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation is proud to present this year's lecturer José Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President of Timor-Leste. The title for...


Dag Hammarskjöld portrayed on new 1000-krona banknote

Dag Hammarskjöld is portrayed on the 1000-krona banknote that was launched in October by the Swedish Riksbank.


Dag Hammarskjöld’s legacy in special issue of UN Chronicle

Executive Director Henrik Hammargren's article on Dag Hammarskjöld's legacy has been published in a special double issue of the UN Chronicle, celebrating the 70th anniversary...


Something to live for, great enough to die for

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Call For Strengthening Protections For National Security Whistleblowers

This month, as part of the “Stand Up for Truth” tour, a group prominent whistleblowers – Daniel Ellsberg, Thomas Drake, Coleen Rowley and Jesselyn Raddack...


The 2015 Kofi Annan / Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture

Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas delivered the lecture on the theme “The Continuing Challenges of Peace and Security in Africa: A West African Perspective".