Commemoration for the 57th anniversary of Dag Hammarskjöld’s death

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Date:18 September 2018
Time:16:00 - 17:30
Venue:Uppsala (Sweden) and Lusaka, Ndola & Kitwe (Zambia)

“In the footsteps of Dag Hammarskjöld”

On Tuesday, 18 September, 57 years passed since Dag Hammarskjöld and the 15 persons accompanying him tragically died in a plane crash in Ndola, Zambia.

To commemorate this and the legacy of Dag Hammarskjöld and his colleagues, the Foundation hosted a commemorative event in Uppsala on Tuesday, 18 September at 16:00. This commemoration was a public event and we welcomed all who were interested in remembering the life and legacy of Dag Hammarskjöld.

First, Henning Melber gave a brief remarks on Hammarskjöld’s work and shared numerous illustrious quotes from Hammarskjöld’s speeches. He then invited guests and participants to share their own reflections on Dag Hammarskjöld and what he had meant in their lives. This was followed by some informal time for greeting one another and picking up a copy of Hammarskjöld’s, On Castle Hill, printed posthumously, which one guest had shared reflections on and Hammarskjöld’s love of his childhood and young adult home, Uppsala.


After, the group walked together to the Hammarskjöld family grave. A family member of one of the 15 who lost his life in the plane crash, laid the wreath on Dag Hammarskjöld’s memorial stone.




The Foundation will organise and attend a number of events in Zambia to focus on Dag Hammarsjöld’s legacy and the work of the UN today. The Foundation will also be represented at the annual Dag Hammarskjöld commemoration event at the crash site in Ndola, Zambia.

For more information, please contact Karin Abbor-Svensson.