From left, Karthikeyan Hemalatha (India), Fabiola Ortiz

From left, Karthikeyan Hemalatha (India), Fabiola Ortiz dos Santos (Brazil),Cristina Gallach, UN Underdecretary-General for Public Information, Doreen Andoh (Ghana), and Mercy Juma (Kenya)

Andy Nahas, founder of The Prospect Fund, on left with Lang Lang

Andy Nahas, founder of The Prospect Fund, on left with Lang Lang

Margaret Besheer of Voice of America and vice chair of the Fund

Margaret Besheer of Voice of America and vice chair of the Fund

Seana Magee of Kyodo News, treasurer of the Fund

Fund treasurer Seana Magee of Kyodo News 

From left, Mrs. Latica Tomašić Kickert, Lang Lang, Ambassador Jan Kickert of Austria

From left, Mrs. Latica Tomašić Kickert, Lang Lang, and Ambassador of Austria Jan Kickert  

UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on left with Lang Lang

UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on left with Lang Lang

From left, Marixie Mercada, UNICEF spokesperson; Sarah Crown, UNICEF Chief Crisis Communications and Nick Birnback, chief of public affairs, UN Peacekeeping

From left, Marixie Mercada, UNICEF spokesperson; Sarah Crowe, UNICEF Chief Crisis Communications and Nick Birnback, chief of public affairs, UN Peacekeeping

Ambassador of Colombia Maria Emma Mejia with General Assembly  President Mr. Mogens Lykketoff

Ambassador of Colombia Maria Emma Mejia with General Assembly President Mr. Mogens Lykketoff

From left:  Jeffrey Feltman, Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs with 2014 honoree Angélique Kidjo and Hervé Ladsous, U.N. Undersecretary-General for Peacekeeping

From left: Jeffrey Feltman, Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs with 2014 honoree Angélique Kidjo and Hervé Ladsous, Undersecretary-General for Peacekeeping

Fund board member Sherwyn Bryce- Pease of South Africa Broadcasting with honoree Navi Pillay

Fund board member Sherwyn Bryce- Pease of South Africa Broadcasting with honoree Navi Pillay

2014 fellows, from left:  Alufemi Akanda (Nigeria), Abdel Aziz Hali (Tunisia), Navi Pillay, recipient of the Inspiration Award, Ana Maria Macaraig (the Philippines), and Tuan Anh Pham (Vietnam)

2014 fellows, from left:  Alufemi Akanda (Nigeria), Abdel Aziz Hali (Tunisia), Navi Pillay, recipient of the Inspiration Award, Ana Maria Macaraig (the Philippines), and Tuan Anh Pham (Vietnam)

Evelyn Leopold, Fund chair (on left) and vice chair Margaret Besheer, Voice of America (center), presenting 2014 Chair Citation to Angelique Kidjo

Evelyn Leopold, Fund chair (on left) and vice chair Margaret Besheer, Voice of America (center), presenting 2014 Chair Citation to Angelique Kidjo

On right, Robert Miller of the Hurford Foundation with Gloria S. Neuwirth of Davidson, Dawson & Clark

On right, Robert Miller of the Hurford Foundation with Gloria S. Neuwirth of Davidson, Dawson & Clark

Fund vice chair Margaret Besheer, Voice of America, (left) with Iona Thomas, then press counsellor, UN Mission of the United Kingdom

Fund vice chair Margaret Besheer, Voice of America, (left) with Iona Thomas, then press counsellor, UN Mission of the United Kingdom

From left:  William Reilly, Xinhua News Agency, Warren Hoge, VP International Peace Institute, and Ambassador of Canada Guillermo Rishchynski

From left:  William Reilly, Xinhua News Agency, Warren Hoge, VP International Peace Institute, and Ambassador of Canada Guillermo Rishchynski

Fund treasurer Seana Magee of Kyodo News (left) with Ambassador of Panama Laura Flores

Fund treasurer Seana Magee of Kyodo News (left) with Ambassador of Panama Laura Flores

Fund chair Evelyn Leopold presenting the 2013 Inspiration Award to Dr.  Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State

Fund chair Evelyn Leopold presenting the 2013 Inspiration Award to Dr.  Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State    

Dr. Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State

Dr. Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State   

Evelyn Leopold, chair of the Fund

Evelyn Leopold, chair of the Fund

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Evelyn Leopold;  Rosemary DiCarlo, then Deputy U.S. Ambassador to UN; and Tina Brown, Women of the World, Live Media

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Evelyn Leopold;  Rosemary DiCarlo, Deputy U.S. Ambassador to UN; and Tina Brown, Women of the World, Live Media

Tina Brown, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Pamela Falk, CBS News, then President of U.N. Correspondents Association

Tina Brown, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Pamela Falk, CBS News, then President of U.N. Correspondents Association

Evelyn Leopold, Fund chair, with actor Kendall March

Evelyn Leopold, Fund chair, with actor Kendall March

Fund treasurer Seana Magee of Kyodo News presenting Dr. Jeffrey Sachs with the 2012 Dag Hammarskjöld Inspiration Award

Fund treasurer Seana Magee of Kyodo News presenting Dr. Jeffrey Sachs with the 2012 Dag Hammarskjöld Inspiration Award

2012 fellows: From left, Shameer Rasooldeen (Sri Lanka), Asma Ghribi (Tunisia), Javier Borelli (Argentina) and Wade Williams (Liberia)

2012 fellows: From left, Shameer Rasooldeen (Sri Lanka), Asma Ghribi (Tunisia), Javier Borelli (Argentina) and Wade Williams (Liberia)

2010 fellows: From left Melini Moses (South Africa), Nadia Zibilila (Togo), Nicholas Kristoff of the New York Times, recipient of Chair Citation, and Débora Dongo-Soria (Peru)

2010 fellows: From left Melini Moses (South Africa), Nadia Zibilila (Togo), Nicholas Kristoff of the New York Times, recipient of Chair Citation, and Débora Dongo-Soria (Peru)

2011 fellowship recipients with Queen Noor of Jordan. From left: Kirubel Tadesse (Ethiopia), Kingsley Amayo (Nigeria), Kunzhe Liu (China) and Altamash Hashmi (India)

2011 fellowship recipients with Queen Noor of Jordan. From left: Kirubel Tadesse (Ethiopia), Kingsley Amayo (Nigeria), Kunzhe Liu (China) and Altamash Hashmi (India)

Edith Lederer, AP; Talal Al-Haj, Al-Arabiya TV; actor Mia Farrow: Seana Magee, Kyodo News; Evelyn Leopold; Queen Noor of Jordan and Margaret Besheer, Voice of America

Edith Lederer, AP; Talal Al-Haj, Al-Arabiya TV; actor Mia Farrow: Seana Magee, Kyodo News; Evelyn Leopold; Queen Noor of Jordan and Margaret Besheer, Voice of America

Actor Mia Farrow, UNICEF goodwill ambassador and human rights activist, recipient of 2011 Inspiration Award

Actor Mia Farrow, UNICEF goodwill ambassador and human rights activist, recipient of 2011 Inspiration Award 

Queen Noor of Jordan at left receiving 2011 Inspiration Award from Evelyn Leopold, chair of the Fund

Queen Noor of Jordan at left receiving 2011 Inspiration Award from Evelyn Leopold, chair of the Fund

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, then undersecretary-general, U.N.-Women, with interim U.S. Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo, at 2012 annual luncheon

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, then undersecretary-general, UN-Women, with then deputy U.S. Ambassador to UN Rosemary DiCarlo at 2012 annual luncheon

Jim Wurst, UN correspondent, and Peggy Kerry of the U.S. Mission to the UN

Jim Wurst, UN correspondent, and Peggy Kerry of the U.S. Mission to the UN

Bob Woodruff of ABC News receiving the 2007 Chair Citation from Maggie Farley, then of the Los Angeles Times

Bob Woodruff of ABC News receiving the 2007 Chair Citation from Maggie Farley, then of the Los Angeles Times

2010 fellows:  From left Débora Dongo-Soria (Peru), Evelyn Leopold, Fund chair, Mahesh Acharya (Nepal) and Melini Moses (South Africa)

2010 fellows:  From left Débora Dongo-Soria (Peru), Evelyn Leopold, Fund chair, Mahesh Acharya (Nepal) and Melini Moses (South Africa)

On left the late Helen Bamber, president of the Bamber Foundation, receiving the 2009 Inspiration Award from Evelyn Leopold, chair of the Fund

On left the late Helen Bamber, president of the Bamber Foundation, receiving the 2009 Inspiration Award from Evelyn Leopold, chair of the Fund

From left: Edith Lederer, Associated Press; actor Emma Thompson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and Ann Veneman, then UNICEF Executive Director)

From left: Edith Lederer, Associated Press; actor Emma Thompson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and Ann Veneman, then UNICEF Executive Director

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking with actor and anti-trafficking activist Emma Thompson

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking with actor and anti-trafficking activist Emma Thompson

The Hon. Timothy Wirth, then president of the United Nations Foundation/Better World Fund, recipient of the 2008 Dag Hammarskjöld Inspiration Award

The Hon. Timothy Wirth, then president of the United Nations Foundation/Better World Fund, recipient of the 2008 Dag Hammarskjöld Inspiration Award

2007 fellows:  From left Benson Amollo (Kenya), Marie Jose Borges (Uruguay), Sir Roger Moore, Agnes Asiimwe (Uganda) and Lady Kristina Moore

2007 fellows:  From left Benson Amollo (Kenya), Marie Jose Borges (Uruguay), Sir Roger Moore, Agnes Asiimwe (Uganda) and Lady Kristina Moore

On right Queen Rania of Jordan congratulating 2007 fellow Agnes Asiimwe of Uganda

On right Queen Rania of Jordan congratulating 2007 fellow Agnes Asiimwe of Uganda

Sir Roger Moore, recipient of 2007 Dag Hammarskjöld Inspiration Award, with Evelyn Leopold, chair of the Fund

Sir Roger Moore, recipient of 2007 Dag Hammarskjöld Inspiration Award, with Evelyn Leopold, chair of the Fund    

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Welcome!

The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists,
a living memorial to the legacy of the second
Secretary-General of the United Nations, 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.

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.

2015 - Lang Lang, renowned pianist and UN Messenger of Peace, for his compassion and commitment to bettering the lives of children.