Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation

The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation is a non-governmental organisation established in 1962 in memory of the second UN Secretary-General, which aims to advance dialogue and policy for sustainable development and peace.

Who was Dag Hammarskjöld?

Dag Hammarskjöld was the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving with courage and integrity from 1953 until his tragic death in 1961.

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‘Speak so the one promising leader who is willing to listen can hear’

Shadi Rouhshahbaz shared her views on the potential of youth leadership and her aspirations to be a change leader in the United Nations.

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The Art of Leadership in the United Nations: Painting perspectives, staying true to principles

This publication brings together diverse perspectives on United Nations leadership.

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Celebrating 60 years in 2022

Diamond Jubilee

Two days after Dag Hammarskjöld tragic death, a small, informal meeting was held at the highest level in the Swedish government to discuss how his contributions to international politics and development could be acknowledged and remembered. Six months later, in March 1962, The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation was officially formed.

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A reference point on the laws, regulations, policies and guidelines of the international civil service.
Dag Hammarskjöld Commemorations 2021


There are currently no vacancies at the Foundation.


‘Never for the sake of peace and quiet deny your convictions.’

I never discuss discussions.

‘Only he deserves power that everyday justifies it.’

“We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny, but what we put into it is ours.” 

‘It is when we all play safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity.’