The Adventure of Peace

Dag Hammarskjöld and the Future of the United Nations
Ask, Sten
Mark-Jungkvist, Anna
Date published: 
May 2006

Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld was Secretary-General of the United Nations from 10th April 1953 until 18th September 1961, when he met his death in a plane accident while on a peace mission in the Congo. He was responsible for the organization in 1955 and 1958 of the first and second UN international conference on the peaceful uses of atomic energy in Geneva, and for planning a UN conference on the application of science and technology for the benefit of the less developed areas of the world held in 1962. He held honorary degrees from Oxford University, England, in the United States from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Pennsylvania, Amherst, John Hopkins, the University of California, Uppsala College, and Ohio University and in Canada from Carleton College and from McGill University. This book deals with both the past and the present. In twenty-five chapters researchers, diplomats and UN-servants from all over the world discuss the life and deeds of Dag Hammarskjöld. Sir Brian Urquhart, Hans Blix, Ambassador Nancy E. Soderberg and Under-Secretary-General Shashi Tharoor, among others, ask themselves in what way the political legacy of Dag Hammarskjöld can help us find solutions to the international problems of today.