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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

”For some people the driving force in life is faith in the success of thier efforts. For others it is simply a sense of duty. We need both types of men.”

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

”We should, rather, recognize the United Nations for what it is – an admittedly imperfect but indispensable instrument of nations working for a peace evolution towards a more just and secure world order.”

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