UN Leadership

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


The UN’s ability to effectively address current global challenges and to implement its Charter in a rapidly changing 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. 

Flagship publication

The Art of Leadership in the United Nations

This publication strives to stimulate a conversation on how UN leadership could be enhanced to ensure its relevance and strengthen its impact at a time when both the UN and multilateralism are being tested.

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The International Civil Service: A Reference Compendium for United Nations Personnel

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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.


Deep Dive leadership training

Self-discovery and ethical reflections on leadership at Hammarskjöld’s summer home

In this Q&A with Ariane Sabet and Henrik Hammargren, learn about the ‘Deep Dive’ leadership training held for senior UN staff at Hammarskjöld’s Backåkra.

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Informal leadership exchanges

Feminist Leadership in Our World Today and Tomorrow

In June 2020 the Foundation and TrustWorks Global convened an informal exchange on the concept and practices of feminist leadership, bringing together 16 individuals working in civil society organisations, think tanks, the UN and Permanent Missions.

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