Dag Hammarskjöld Honorary Medal

Since 1977, the United Nations Association of Germany has biannually awarded the Dag Hammerskjöld Honorary Medal to eminent persons who have rendered outstanding services and are committed to promoting the United Nations as a leader in addressing global challenges and conflicts within the fields of culture, science, journalism and politics.

Previous award recipients include:

  • Prof. Dr. Raúl Prebisch (1977)
  • Prinz Sadruddin Aga Khan and Prof. Dr. Egon Schwelb (1979)
  • Henry R. Labouisse and Rüdiger von Wechmar (1981)
  • Robert S. McNamara (1983)
  • Liv Ullmann (1985)
  • Brian Urquhart (1988)
  • Gro Harlem Brundtland (1991)
  • Tadeusz Mazowiecki (1995)
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Hüfner and Manfred Eisele (1998)
  • Lakhdar Brahimi and the youth group “Aktion Völkerrecht” (2004)
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer (2005)
  • Kofi Annan (2009)
  • Professor Benjamin B. Ferencz and the International Criminal Court (2013)

UNA-Germany's Study Trips

Since 2007, UNA-Germany's Federal Association has offered regular study trips to its members. The trips lead members primarily through former conflict zones in which the UN has engaged in peacekeeping operations. Within the framework of this educational opportunity, UNA-Germany's members learn:

  • the political, economic and social situations that many countries face
  • which stabilizing and reconstructive measures can be taken by states emerging from civil war
  • which challenges UN organizations confront while engaging in peacekeeping operations.

See photos of some of our latest study trips on our German website here.


In addition to issuing the Dag Hammarskjöld Honorary and numerous publications, UNA-Germany hosts a number of events which include study trips, conferences, seminars and symposia, panel discussions, talks on topical issues, and press conferences with participants from the field of the UN, politics, academia and civil society. Topics of discussion include:

  • Peacekeeping, crisis prevention, international security
  • Global development, globalization, world population
  • International human rights protection
  • Reform of the United Nations
  • Environmental issues
  • Germany and the UN


See a list of our most recent events on our German webpage here...


UNA-Germany is responsible for the development and distribution of a number of publications, all of which illuminate readers to current UN policy, international affairs, and Germany's relationship with the United Nations. See a list of our publications here.

Youth Work

UNA-Germany is also responsible for the organization of youth delegations, which take part educating German youth about UN affairs and serve as advocacy groups that bring the concerns of youth to the attention of the United Nations.

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