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Dag Hammarskjöld

About this Guide

This research guide is dedicated to Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General of the United Nations. 

Dag Hammarskjöld was born on 29 July 1905 in Sweden.  He served as the Secretary-General from April 1953 until 18 September 1961, when he died in a plane crash over Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) en route to cease-fire negotiations.

About Dag Hammarskjöld

Portrait of Dag Hammarskjöld

But, although the dangers may be great and although our role may be modest, we can feel that the work of the Organization is the means through which we all, jointly, can work so as to reduce the dangers. It would be too dramatic to talk about our task as one of waging a war for peace, but it is quite realistic to look at it as an essential and - within its limits - effective work for building dams against the floods of disintegration and violence.  

Dag Hammarskjöld's last speech to UN staff on 8 Sept 1961

Dag Hammarskjöld at the UN


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