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61st Anniversary of Dag Hammarskjöld’s Death

The Foundation and the United Nations commemorated the death of the Second Secretary-General with wreath-laying ceremonies in New York and Uppsala.

Last week the Foundation and the United Nations paid their respects to Dag Hammarskjöld in commemoration of his death in Ndola 61 years ago. In Uppsala, Henrik Hammargren laid flowers on the Second Secretary-General’s grave to mark the day of his passing on 18 September 1961.

The United Nations hosted a wreath-laying ceremony in New York with speeches from  Secretary-General of the UN António Guterres and Ambassador Anna Karin Eneström. Guterres emphasised the lasting impact of the second Secretary-general’s work: ‘Dag Hammaskjöld’s legacy shapes our United Nations to this day – as a force for peace, an impartial broker, a guardian of human rights, and a beacon of hope’. Ambassador Eneström highlighted the values he embodied: ‘Dag Hammarskjöld was a fierce defender of the UN Charter. He, maybe more than anyone since, understood that without its Charter, the UN would not last long’.

 

The Executive Director of the Foundation laid flowers on Dag Hammarskjöld’s grave on September 18, 2022 in commemoration of the 61st anniversary of Second Secretary-General’s passing.

Secretary-General of the United Nations at the wreath-laying ceremony in New York on 13 September 2022. Credit: UN Photo.

Ambassador to the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations Anna Karin Eneström at wreath-laying ceremony in New York, 13 September 2022. Credit: UN Photo.

Secretary-General of the UN António Guterres paying his respects at Dag Hmmarskjöld’s grave during his visit to Uppsala, 1 June 2022.

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