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.