Our work

The work of the Foundation is guided by a vision and mission statement and is centered around four thematic focus areas and five projects.

Vision & Mission

Our vision

Our vision is a peaceful and just world where the fundamental values of the United Nations are universally applied

Our mission

Building on Dag Hammarskjöld’s legacy, our mission is to advance dialogue and policy for sustainable development and peace.

Thematic focus areas

Global Governance

We facilitate engagement and leadership on the protection, resourcing, and advancement of global public goods.


We support dialogue and mediation for the prevention and resolution of violent conflict.

Human Rights

We advance analysis, dialogue and engagement to strengthen the UN's work on human rights.

Climate Action

We promote analysis and dialogue on leadership and multilateral financing for climate action.

How we work


Generating knowledge and encouraging action among policy-makers and practioners.


Neutral convening that facilitates dialogue, improves understanding and searches for common ground.


Communicating data, analysis and experiences to change attitudes and behaviours of our audiences.


Capacity-building and training that creates opportunities to learn, share and network.

Strategy in action

Strategic Framework

This Strategic Framework outlines our operational focus from 2022 to 2025 and guides our continued organisational development.

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Strategic Framework