Building Peace

The lessons learned from centuries of strife, indicate that building and sustaining peace is an ongoing process, demanding participation from diverse actors at all levels of society. Through the Building Peace programme we work to promote inclusive, coherent and sustainable strategies for peacebuilding in countries that are at risk of violent conflict. We aim to contribute to more resilient and stable states and societies.

We engage with diverse stakeholders including multilateral institutions, civil society organisations, bilateral donors and academics in seminars, workshops and bilateral discussions. Country case studies implemented in partnership with local civil society actors also contribute new perspectives and strategies that influence policy recommendations for strengthening the uptake of local voices in peacebuilding processes.

The Foundation also promotes understanding and supports implementation of the recommendations coming out of the 2015 UN peace and security reviews and the Sustaining Peace resolutions passed in the Security Council and the General Assembly in April 2016. In response to identified needs and requests from UN partners, we act as a convener of meetings and as a platform for consultations. These consultations bring together Member States, key actors in the UN, and international, regional and local civil society on key themes that need attention for realising sustainable peace globally, including engagement of civil society, inclusive dialogue and adequate, predictable financing for peacebuilding.

Through this effort we hope to improve the UN’s effectiveness in supporting peace and security and push towards an integrated, comprehensive and long-term approach that will also be crucial in enabling the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.



Civil society consultations on UN Peace Reviews

Both the UN's peace operations and the UN's peacebuilding architecture are undergoing extensive reviews in 2015, which are expected to shape how the UN in...


“No change happens without ownership” – Advancing preparations for the 2015 comprehensive review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture

On 17-18 October, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation organized a high-level retreat outside New York to discuss ambitions and expectations for the 2015 review of UN’s...


Women in conflict in Burma/Myanmar

Seminar with Tin Tin Nyo, Secretary-General of Women’s League of Burma and Margot Wallström, former UN SRSG on Sexual Violence in Conflict.


Peace Diplomacy, Global Justice and International Agency

As UN Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjöld shaped many of the fundamental principles and practices of international organisations, such as preventive diplomacy, the ethics of international civil...


Peace Diplomacy, Global Justice and International Agency

Presentation of the book: Peace Diplomacy, Global Justice and International Agency (Cambridge University Press 2014)


The 2014 Kofi Annan / Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture

Staffan de Mistura delivered the lecture on the theme of humanitarian and peacekeeping operations in the UN.