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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Intersectionality in policy and practice: A tool for operationalising the Leave No One Behind principle

On 27 March the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation will hold a webinar as side event at the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region.

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Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture with Amina J. Mohammed

On 23 February 2023 the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed held the 2022 Annual Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture in Uppsala: ‘Strength in our common humanity’:

The lecture was jointly hosted by Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and Uppsala University.

Ms. Amina J. Mohammed is the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group. She was the process leader that delivered the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development global agreement and the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Prior to her UN appointment she was Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Latest publications


Financing the UN Development System: Joint Responsibilities in a World of Disarray 2022

This is the eighth annual report on financing the UN development system produced by the Foundation and the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office.

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Explore our history through past events and publications

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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Dag Hammarskjöld Commemorations 2021


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‘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.’