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Dag Hammarskjöld

Portrait of Dag Hammarskjöld, 1959.

Dag Hammarskjöld (1905–1961) was the UN Secretary-General 1953–1961.

After finishing his doctoral studies, Hammarskjöld began a successful career in Sweden. He was Governor of the Riksbank (the central bank of Sweden), State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, minister without portfolio and a member of the Swedish Academy.

As Secretary-General of the United Nations, Hammarskjöld played a very active diplomatic role in the conflicts that went on. His quiet diplomacy proved to be very effective and won great respect.

Dag Hammarskjöld died in unclear circumstances in a plane crash in 1961. He was posthumously awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Quotes by Dag Hammarskjöld

”It is easy to turn the responsibility over to others or, prehaps, to seek explanations in some kind of laws of history. It is less easy to look for the reasons within ourselves or in a field where we, all of us, carry major responsibility.”

”Too often our learning, our knowledge, and our mastery are too much concentrated on techniques and we forget about man himself.”

”From generations of soldiers and government officials on my father’s side I inherited a belief that no life was more satisfactory than one of selfless service to your country – or humanity.”

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