Our work in this area contributes to greater knowledge of the UN in the multilateral system and its role in advancing the protection and governance of Global Public Goods.


An effective UN that is able to adapt to global challenges while living up to the purposes and principles of its Charter is essential for effective multilateralism. This is underscored in the Secretary-General’s 2021 report “Our Common Agenda” and reinforces calls emanating from the consultations on the UN @75 declaration about the need to strengthen the governance of global public goods through reinforced multilateral action. 


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.

Governance of GPGs

Promoting understanding of Global Public Goods and their governance, including the UN's role and relevance.

Future of multilateralism

High-level Advisory Board on Strengthening Multilateralism

Building on the Foundation’s work to support a strengthened and effective multi-lateral system, with the United Nations at its center, the Foundation will collaborate with the United Nations Secretariat in support of the High-Level Advisory Board on Strengthening Multilateralism.

The Board is tasked with making “concrete suggestions for more effective multilateral arrangements across a range of key global issues”. The Foundation will bring together Board members with experts and expert analysis in the fields of multilateralism and peacebuilding. In this work the Foundation will continue its efforts to bring the needs and perspectives of stakeholders at country and local level to global governance structures.

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First public statement of co-chairs of the High-level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism

This statement follows the first in-person meeting in New York on 27-28 April of the High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism.

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Featured Event

Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture Series

In 1998 the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and Uppsala University jointly instituted an annual lecture in memory of Dag Hammarskjöld, one of the University’s illustrious alumni.

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Seminar series

UN Talks

This public seminar series co-hosted by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and UNDP Sweden aims to contribute to critical reflection on and deeper understanding of the role and work of the United Nations.

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