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

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".

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The 2014 Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture by Helen Clark

Helen Clark delivered the lecture on the theme "The Future We Want - Can We Make It a Reality?".

News

New project: the Integrity of the International Civil Servant

Dag Hammarskjöld shaped many of the fundamental principles and practices of international organisations, among those the ethics of the international civil servant, with impartiality and...

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Helen Clark asks: The Future We Want – Can We Make it a Reality?

Helen Clark, Head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and former New Zealand Prime Minister, delivered the 2014 Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture, the 16th honoree...

Publication

Beyond Diplomacy: Perspectives on Dag Hammarskjöld

From the papers of George Ivan Smith and the Ezra Pound case.