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. As a part of  our focus on inclusivity, the Foundation has also been facilitating dialogue sessions with civil society representatives in Israel and Palestine, supporting civil society groups working towards peace on each side and with the international community. 

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.



Analyzing the 2015 UN Reviews related to peace and security: A Writer’s workshop

The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation organised a writer’s workshop for a select group of academics, practitioners and policy analysts who have been closely following and contributing...


Statement by Peacebuilding Organisations on the International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this a day devoted...


Visit to Uppsala by Chairperson of the African Union Commission

In connection with an official visit to Sweden, by invitation from the Prime Minister, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, visited Uppsala...


The challenge of sustaining peace: The 2015 review of the UN peacebuilding architecture

Together with the International Peace Institute (IPI), the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation co-hosted a policy forum offering, for the first time since its release,...


Local Perspectives on Inclusive Peacebuilding: a Four-country Case Study

This Development Dialogue paper summarises local perspectives on inclusivity in peacebuilding, gathered from consultations in Somalia, Timor-Leste, Liberia and Burma/Myanmar. It elaborates on a number...


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".