About Hammarskjöld


Dag Hammarskjöld was the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving with courage and integrity from 1953 until his tragic death in 1961.

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Photos of Dag Hammarskjöld


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The longest journey is the journey inward.

Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.

Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.

Never for the sake of peace and quiet deny your convictions.

Only he deserves power that everyday justifies it.

The concept of loyalty is distorted when it is understood to mean blind acceptance. It is correctly interpreted when it is assumed to cover honest criticism.

Videos with Dag Hammarskjöld


Sworn in as UN Secretary-General
Speaks about human rights
Dag Hammarskjöld speaks about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1954)
Dag Hammarskjöld speech on United Nations Day (1954)
Dag Hammarskjöld before trip to China (1954)
Dag Hammarskjöld quick stop in London en route to China (1954)
Dag Hammarskjöld quick stop in India en route to China (1954)
Colour video from China visit
Dag Hammarskjöld meets China's leader Chou En-lai (1955)
Dag Hammarskjöld press statement after China visit (1955)
Interviewed by Alistair Cooke (1955)
About human rights (1955)
About quiet diplomacy (1955)
After American flyers are released (1955)
Press conference (1955)
"I shall remain in my post!" (1960)