UN Renewal

Our programme on UN development system renewal is premised on the hypothesis that while the world at large has experienced significant developments, especially during the past two decades, the UN development system has not sufficiently transformed or evolved. This programme is designed to serve as a catalyst for renewal of the UN development system and as an advocate for effective multilateral solutions to major challenges at national and international levels.

Two distinct strands of activities characterise the implementation of our work in this area. The first is to gather and disseminate necessary information through studies on relevant topics. The second strand is to serve as a bridge-builder and convener of informal briefings, seminars and consultations with key stakeholders in the UN development system, namely member states, civil society actors and UN development system representatives themselves.Some of the key questions we are addressing within the framework of the programme are: the purpose and functions, the financing, the governance and the partnerships of the UN development system all with the objective of having as effective UN development system as possible.

We aim to deliver a set of recommendations to the UN management on how to realize the renewal of the development system. The aim is to reposition the UN’s development work so that it has a clear value added in all member states.



Financing the UN Development System: Key emerging trends

This Development Dialogue paper draws attention to three key emerging and evolving financing trends that are of particular relevance to the UNDS: the growth of...


Launch of report: Financing the UN Development System

"Financing the UN Development System: Getting it Right for a Post-2015 World", jointly prepared by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund...


Financing the UN Development System: Getting it Right for a Post-2015 World

It’s our pleasure to introduce you to the report – Financing the UN Development System: Getting it right for a post-2015 world – produced by...


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...


Civil society’s perspectives in UN renewal

This month the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation hosted a civil society roundtable in Geneva to discuss and debate the future positioning of the United Nations Development...


Making the UN ‘Fit for Purpose’: Lessons from the ‘Delivering as One’ Experience

Nearly 60 years have passed since the UN development system was established and, during these years, the world has changed significantly. The UN system faces...