Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld in front of UN Headquarters in 1953. Credit: UN Photo

51 years ago today, 18 September, Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld died in service to the UN.  We remember him today and always.

Prior to taking up his posts as Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson discussed the legacy of Dag Hammarskjöld on the 50th anniversary of his death in a 2011 lecture called “Peace, Development and Human Rights: The Indispensable Connection” now available online.

A new book —  Dag Hammarskjöld: Instrument, Catalyst, Inspirer — compiles selected speeches by former the Secretary-General that focus on the role of the United Nations, the place of the Secretary-General and the nature of the international civil servant.

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