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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Eighty years of uninterrupted male leadership at the UN is not an accident or a coincidence; it is intentional.

In this interview, Ambassador Maritza Chan speaks about her quest to dismantle a patriarchal system at the UN.

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Dag Hammarskjöld Commemorations 2021

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The Way Forward: Fulfilling the Potential of the Funding Compact at the Country Level

Based on extensive consultations in six countries this report aims to serve as a resource to deepen awareness and understanding of the UN Funding Compact.

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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.’

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