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Courage and Integrity in UN Leadership

In this piece Fabrizio Hochschild argues that moral courage, as revealed by Dag Hammarskjöld both in his words and deeds, is essential in upholding the principles and norms of the UN.

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Publication:Courage and Integrity in UN Leadership
Type:100 years of International Civil Service
Issue:1
Author:Fabrizio Hochschild
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In light of the multiplication of transnational dangers, many look to the United Nations for leadership and solutions. They look to the UN for approaches that transcend short term political interests and advance the broader interests of humanity and the sustainability of our planet. They seek principled leadership based on the objectives and principles set out in the UN Charter and in international norms and agreements that reflect the highest aspirations of humankind.

Among the many traits that enable international leadership in unsettled, danger-ridden times, Dag Hammarskjöld promoted one as indispensable: Integrity underpinned by courage.

Fabrizio Hochschild is the Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination at the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG) at the UN.

100 years of International Civil Service


This publication is part of a series issued by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation commemorating 100 years of international civil service, which originated in 1919 with the birth of the League of Nations.

The series features inspirational and reflective think pieces on the concept of the international civil service by former and present United Nations’ officials, as well as representatives from civil society and academia.

It relates to the Foundation’s work on leadership, which strives to kindle a constructive dialogue on how to foster and secure visionary and principled leadership in the UN.

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