The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists was established as a not-for-profit organization more than 50 years ago by journalists at the United Nations as a living memorial to the legacy of peace, progress and justice of Dag Hammarskjöld, the second UN Secretary-General who was killed in a plane crash while on a peace mission to the Congo in 1961.
The Fund’s program for journalists seeks to advance a fuller understanding of UN deliberations to alleviate human suffering and promote peace; to support and encourage the journalism profession, and to inspire a strong and diverse community of journalists who will give voice to the challenges facing their countries.
Journalists are important partners in the United Nation efforts to foster a culture of peace and security, human rights and dignity, universal justice, social and economic development. They are essential to raising public awareness of the key issues, documenting the facts, illustrating what is being done, and pointing to the successes and failures of international efforts.
Over the past five decades, the Fund has selected hundreds of journalists from the developing countries of Africa, Asia (including Pacific Island nations) and Latin America/the Caribbean to report from the UN during the opening months of the General Assembly (September-November). The program offers an incomparable opportunity for promising journalists from developing countries to observe United Nations deliberations and to report on proceedings for news media in their home countries. They also meet international experts and diplomats, interact with seasoned journalists, and make professional contacts that will serve them for years to come.
The program requires the presence of the selected journalists in New York during the first few months of the U.N. General Assembly session and should be regarded as an opportunity for news organizations and journalists to provide their audiences with special assignment news coverage from U.N. headquarters. The program has become increasingly important as fewer news organizations can afford to maintain correspondents in New York to cover U.N. deliberations. Many former program participants have achieved national and international success and acclaim.
The Fund is a small organization, but has had a significant impact due to the dedication of the UN journalists who volunteer their time and expertise to mentor the program participants.
The Fund is guided in its efforts by an Honorary Advisory Council comprised of ambassadors to the United Nations and other individuals who believe in the objectives of the Fund’s program. A Board of Directors consisting of U.N.-accredited journalists operate the Fund and its program for journalists.
2016 Fellowship Program
The 2016 Fellowship program ended on November 18th and the Journalists have returned to Argentina, Indonesia, Iran, and Tajikistan.
Dag Hammarskjöld Fund Honors 2016 Fellowship Recipients
A reception to recognize the Dag Hammarskjöld Journalism Fellows was held at the United Nations on November 1, attended by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President of the General Assembly Peter Thomson, senior U.N. officials, diplomats and members of the U.N. press corps.
Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Cristina Gallach congratulated the four 2016 Fellows and cited the importance of the Fund’s program for the journalists to develop their careers and achieve further success. When noting highlights of their experience, “one fellow told me the diplomatic encounters in the Security Council; another told me the amount of events and activities during the General Assembly,” but all agreed that the “weeks spent here with us are going to be unforgettable,” Gallach said.
Honorary Advisory Council
The Fund is guided in its efforts by an Honorary Advisory Council which is comprised of ambassadors to the United Nations and other individuals who believe in the objectives of the fellowship program for journalists. Continuing a 56-year tradition since the Fund was established. H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, has agreed to serve as Honorary Chairman of the Council.
The Fund hosts an annual luncheon each fall at the United Nations which is attended by the Secretary-General, senior U.N. officials and staff, ambassadors to the U.N., members of the U.N. press corps, the current year journalism fellows, supporters of the Fund’s fellowship program and other invited guests. The luncheon program includes remarks by the Hammarskjöld fellows about the personal and professional impact of the Fund’s program. The Dag Hammarskjöld Inspiration Award and Chair Citation are presented at this event.
Since 1962, The Dag Hammarskjöld Journalism Fund has awarded fellowships to professional journalists from the developing countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
Alumni Fellows are currently working around the world. The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund continues to gather information about the status and activities of past program participants. We are proud of their achievements and firmly believe the Hammarskjöld fellowship helped to propel their success.