Published September 2017
Why the United Nations should embrace the concept of global public goods
By Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation

The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation is a non-governmental organisation established in memory of Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General of the United Nations. The foundation spurs dialogue and action on global development and multilateral cooperation.

One of the transformational impacts that the acceleration of globalisation has had is that it has brought to the fore a class of development challenges that require collective action to have any chance of success. It is this characteristic, the need for a collective response, that means that the concept of global public goods (GPGs) has a key contribution to make to current debates about the future positioning of the United Nations Development System. This has been widely recognised outside the UN system.