UN Leadership

Our work in this area seeks to inspire constructive dialogue and action on how to foster visionary and principled leadership in, and by, the United Nations.


The UN’s ability to effectively address current global challenges and to implement its Charter in a rapidly changing, crisis-ridden and multi-polar world requires principled leadership.

This project contributes to strengthening the UN’s leadership systems and practices in and across the UN Secretariat as well as agencies, funds and programmes, and to reinforce the relevance of the International Civil Service today.


The Art of UN Leadership report series

The biannual publication, the Art of UN Leadership report series, brings together diverse perspectives on United Nations leadership and has been published since 2020.

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The Art of Leadership in the UN interview series

The Art of Leadership in the UN interview series brings together different perspectives and experiences of leadership across the UN system.

Shape current and future leaders

Building on the legacy of Dag Hammarskjöld and with the International Civil Service at its core, this work focuses on stimulating dialogue on norm-based, principled leadership within the UN by providing a reference point on the laws, regulations, policies and guidelines that relate directly to the international civil service, as well as capacity building of current and future leaders.

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Paper series

100 Years of International Civil Service

This publication series commemorates 100 years of international civil service, which originated in 1919 with the birth of the League of Nations.


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