50 years after his death, his concepts of the UN, of mediation and peacebuilding, and his understanding of the role as the highest international civil servant remain as relevant today as they were then.
An analysis of Dag Hammarskjöld interest in Africa. According to the article, Dag Hammarskjöld was "greatly impressed by the new generation of African leaders" and had high hopes for "the economic potentialities of Africa".
Speaking at a press conference on 19 May 1955, Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld referred to nuclear disarmament as a "hardy perennial" at the United Nations, a term he often used on this subject. Fifty-eight years later, efforts are still underway at the UN to address several global challenges relating to nuclear weapons. This article scrutinizes the history of the UN machinery in addressing the global challenges relating to nuclear weapons, drawing attention to the fundamental interaction of the UN and its member states.
This volume contains a selection of the contributions to an international conference held on 13-15 July 2011 at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. The conference was devoted to the legacy of Dag Hammarskjöld and the continued relevance of the principles he advocated.