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.



Almedalen – our activities during a week of political discussions

During the annual week of political discussions in Almedalen (Visby, Sweden) the Foundation participated with several activities.


Core elements of reform for the UN development system

The Permanent Missions of Sweden, Viet Nam and Ethiopia to the United Nations and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation invites all Permanent Missions and Permanent Observers...


Briefing about UN development system renewal

On the 9th of May the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation invited member states and staff from FAO, WFP and IFAD to a briefing about UN development...


Renewing UN Development

This paper argues that if true multilateralism in the global socio-economic arena is to be saved, there needs to be a radical re-think of what...


Is the UN Development System Becoming Irrelevant?

The challenges described in development dialogue paper no.3, ‘UN Development at a Crossroads’, are elaborated further here. One particular problem is the lack of a...


UN Development at a Crossroads

The UN development system stands at a crossroads. It can either embrace the deepreform required to remain relevant to development in today’s global economy, or...