Dag Hammarskjold Legacy-50Years

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Dag Hammarskjold Legacy-50Years

On the first day of its 66th session, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly today (13 Sept) paid tribute to former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, who died 50 years ago this month in a plane crash at Ndola--Northern Rhodesia (Zambia).

Addressing the General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said "today, we remember the example he set" adding that "we are inspired by the power of his conviction."

Hammarskjöld, who died while trying to bring peace to the conflict-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was unanimously appointed UN Secretary-General by the General Assembly on 7 April 1953.

Ban said "the deepest aspects" of Hammarskjöld's conviction was that the UN "exists not for the major powers but for the other, smaller, weaker countries especially at that time the newly independent nations of Africa."

According to the UN, Hammarskjöld was known for re-organizing the UN Secretariat, considerably reducing its budget and shaping it into a viable, functioning organization. He established new relations with Member States, particularly members of the Security Council, demonstrating what the UN was capable of doing for them. He also pioneered peacekeeping operations.

He was instrumental in establishing the UN force in the Congo in 1960. It was during his fourth trip to the country that he died in a plane accident on 18 September.


Language: English

Year of Production: 2011

Length: 1:15 mins

Country: United Nations


  • Muhamed Sacirbey (UNTV)


  • Susan Sacirbey (UNTV)