Dag Hammarskjöld Inspiration Award
The Board of Directors established the Inspiration Award in 2006 to honor Dag Hammarskjöld – one of the most esteemed international civic servants of the 20th Century whose personal beliefs, cultural interests and leadership skills have served as an inspiration to many.
Hammarskjöld was a remarkable man who lived a remarkable life and left a lasting legacy. As second Secretary-General of the United Nations he guided this august body into an international force for peace, justice and progress.
Hammarskjöld combined intellectual, spiritual and aesthetic interests with the political in his public life. He put the secretary-general’s office on the map as a major player in world affairs and dangerous times during the Cold War. He devised the United Nations first complex peacekeeping mission. It was that commitment that led him to the Congo in September 1961 and to a final rendezvous with destiny.
Inspiration Award Recipients
2006 - Ambassador Jan Eliasson, a life-long diplomat, former Foreign Minister of Sweden and former Ambassador to the United States and United Nations; now U.N. Deputy Secretary-General.
2007 - Sir Roger Moore, a dedicated UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for over 20 years.
2008 - Senator Timothy Wirth, President of the United Nations Foundation/Better World Fund and lifelong environmentalist.
2009 - Actress Emma Thompson and Helen Bamber of the Bamber Foundation for their work on behalf of victims of torture and trafficking.
2010 - Sir Brian Urquhart, former U.N. under-secretary general, author and contemporary of Dag Hammarskjöld, for his decades of service and recognition as the father of modern U.N. peacekeeping.
2011 - Her Majesty Queen Noor, activist for world peace and justice. Her peace-building work on conflict prevention and recovery issues has focused on the Middle East, the Balkans, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa.
2011 - Actress Mia Farrow, UNICEF goodwill ambassador and human rights activist who has focused her attention on children and families in conflict zones, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
2012 - Dr. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute, and an expert on economic development, the fight against poverty and the environment.
2013 - Dr. Madeleine K. Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State, for her many years of service and leadership in international affairs and championing women's issues.
2014 - Ms. Navi Pillay, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (2008-14) for her championship of human rights around the globe, speaking truth to power and never shying away from controversy.
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2014 ANNUAL LUNCHEON MEETING
The Fund held its annual luncheon on October 28, 2014 at which Ms. Navi Pillay received the received the Dag Hammarskjöld Inspiration Award and Ms. Angélique Kidjo received the Chair Citation. The 2014 fellowship recipients also spoke at the luncheon. For more information about the luncheon, click here
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The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists, a living memorial to the legacy of the second Secretary-General of the United Nation, is dedicated to the advancement of a fuller understanding of the deliberations of the United Nations as it seeks to alleviate human suffering and further world peace...Read More
Dag Hammarskjöld journalism fellowships are available to journalists of the developing nations of Africa, Asia (including Pacific Island nations), and Latin America/the Caribbean to cover the first 10 weeks of the U.N. General Assembly each fall (September-November). For more information go to Application Procedure.
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