Global Governance

Our work in this thematic area facilitates partnerships working to address interlinked global challenges and advances knowledge that can contribute to strengthened multilateral approaches.


The multilateral development system is changing and the normative underpinnings of the 2030 Agenda place new demands at international, regional and national level. A more systematic application of the UN’s normative frameworks is required, including a shared understanding of what the UN’s normative role entails and demands, as well as a clearer link between normative and operational work.

Our work in this area seeks to support and to facilitate partnerships between diverse actors working to address interlinked global challenges, and to advance knowledge, new ideas and innovative models that can contribute to effective strategies and strengthened multilateral approaches.

Thematic Priorities

Future of multilateralism

Analysing multilateral opportunities and challenges, focusing on how global norms are developed, implemented and defended when challenged.

Normative role of the UN

Exploring how the normative role of the UN is changing and how this impacts operations.

Realising Inclusivity

Promoting analysis, dialogue and action in support of the work by the UN and other multilateral entities to strengthen inclusive societies.

Featured Event

Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture 2018: António Guterres

The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation is proud to present this year’s lecturer H.E. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

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