The Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture

The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and Uppsala University have jointly instituted an annual Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture in memory of Dag Hammarskjöld, one of the University’s illustrious alumni.

The Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture is given in memory of Dag Hammarskjöld, and in recognition of the values that inspired him personally and as Secretary-General: compassion, humanism and commitment to international solidarity and cooperation.

The Lecture is co-organised by Uppsala University and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation. The invited speaker should be an outstanding international personality who in significant and innovative ways contributes to a more just, peaceful and environmentally sustainable world through valuable achievements in politics or research.

The Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture medal

The Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture medal, created by Annette Rydström.

Uppsala University has also instituted a special medal, which is only bestowed upon the Dag Hammarskjöld lecturers. The medal was created by the artist Annette Rydström in bronze, showing Dag Hammarskjöld’s portrait, as well as a handshake, the old symbol of Concordia, representing Hammarskjöld’s diplomatic efforts.

2019 and 2021 Dag Hammarskjöld Lectures

This hybrid event will feature lectures by Christiana Figueres and Agnès Callamard, and will be delivered on 17 September 2021. The first, by Christiana Figueres, is titled ‘Leadership for the decisive decade’. The second, titled ‘A global compact for a world beyond COVID-19’, will be delivered by Agnès Callamard. The event will take place in Uppsala University Aula, and will be livestreamed.

Event details

Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture 2018 by António Guterres

Twenty-first century challenges and the enduring wisdom of Dag Hammarskjöld

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres was chosen by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and Uppsala University to deliver the 2018 Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture for his long-standing commitment to the values of the United Nations.

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