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’.