The DHY Programme

1. Leadership Training

2. The Dag Hammarskjöld Day

3. Cultural and Social Events

1. Leadership Training

Four days out of the 5-day programme are dedicated to intense training of the participants. The training will take place at Uppsala Castle, the home in which Mr Hammarskjöld was brought up, and be facilitated by the House of Peace. Interspersed with visiting experts and guest lectures, this training will be completely based on the participants’ own professional experience and the work they have conducted in their respective communities.


Keeping in mind the DHY watchwords “Courage, Integrity & Compassion”, the focus of the training will be those challenges faced by the participants in their work, what is hindering their success and how to overcome these adversities.


We believe the best way to strengthen young leaders capacity and the global UN-movement for peace and development is to create a forum in which young leaders can meet and learn from one another in a like minded and welcoming context, dealing with issues directly related to their associations’ various missions.


We are convinced that by bringing young leaders together to share their experiences and knowledge from their own context and circumstances, this will provide the participants with a great learning opportunity and widen their perspectives. How an organisation in one country and environment is structured and what it works with might look quite different from that of an other in another country and culture. Facilitating a meeting between young leaders from various circumstances will surely be both exciting, educational and inspiring.


It is our hope that such an exchange will shed new light on the participants’ own situations, from where they can find creative ways to approach difficulties, as well as increase their understanding for various methods of organisation and structure. We are confident the experience participants will gain will be of value in their professional careers as well as to the wider UN-movement. Furthermore, we hope that the two outcome documents the programme will facilitate, and the event’s annual recurrence, will serve as yet another tool for civil society and young leaders around the globe.


In addition to the above, we believe this world is in need of heros, individuals who in the face of darkness have shown proof of great courage, integrity and compassion: examples to look up to and draw inspiration from. It is our conviction that Mr Hammarskjöld is one of these heroes, who may inspire leaders of today and tomorrow to think and dream of a better world for our common human civilization. He stands as an example that young leaders can relive and draw strength from, and to build their own convictions through overcoming setbacks together.

2. The Dag Hammarskjöld Day

A day of remembrance and celebration, set to commemorate Mr Hammarskjöld’s life and work, and to serve as an inspirational manifestation of courage, integrity and compassion, showcasing the timeless integrity of the civil servant.


Shorter lectures, presentations and discussion on the life and work of Mr Hammarskjöld. The Dag Hammarskjöld Symposium shall throughout the length of the afternoon discuss the importance of Hammarskjöld’s work at the UN, what it meant for the organisation and the office of the Secretary-General, his life and personality as well as how one may revitalise his heritage, and how to bring back to life the integrity of the international civil-servant. The day shall also see an homage in the form of a public ceremony at the Uppsala castle courtyard, after which a procession will lead us down to Dag Hammarskjöld’s burial site.


The day will end with a dinner, where the speakers and invited guests to the symposium will be invited to sit down for good food, company and conversation with the Secretariat and the participants of the DHYLT in true Uppsala spirit.

3. The Cultural and Social Events

The programme will be interspersed with cultural events and entertainment in the evenings at the unique and characteristic student nations of Uppsala, with a traditional student Gasque as the final event. This will include art exhibitions related to Dag Hammarskjöld and the UN, as well as musical and theatrical performances. Mr Hammarskjöld was to some extent an artistic soul as well as a spiritual man, with a strong attachment to nature, art and philosophy. Accordingly we aim to make these elements integral to the programme.