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.

About the lecture series


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.

Upcoming lecture 2023/2024

Rena Lee and Jan Egeland

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Lectures 2018-2022


Ms. Amina J. Mohammed

Read or watch the full lecture, 'Strength in our common humanity', by Ms. Amina J. Mohammed here.

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Agnès Callamard

Read or watch the full lecture, 'A global compact for a world beyond Covid', by Agnès Callamard here.

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Christiana Figueres

Read or watch the full lecture, 'Leadership for the decisive decade'', by Christiana Figueres here.

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António Guterres

Read or watch the full lecture, 'Twenty-first century challenges and the enduring wisdom of Dag Hammarskjöld', by António Guterres here.

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