Dag Hammarskjöld Commemoration Week 2018

Lusaka and Ndola 17 Sep 2018, 10.30 AM - 21 Sep 2018, 1.00 PM

This year marks 57 years since the tragic death of the former Secretary-General of the United Nations – Dag Hammarskjöld. It was during a UN mission trying to negotiate peace in the Congo that the airplane Hammarskjöld, and 16 other passengers and crew travelled in, crashed near Ndola airport in Zambia.

Starting next week, on 17th September 2018, a week of activities, in his memory, will take place in Zambia. The Embassy of Sweden, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, United Nation Information Centre (UNIC) and the Copperbelt University are some of the actors behind the up-coming events.

Dag Hammarskjöld is considered one of the most prominent actors in peacebuilding and peacekeeping of our time. He was a devoted civil servant that is remembered as a leader with courage to act according to his convictions. Hammarskjöld believed in everyone’s right to make their voice heard and to make a difference. He argued that dialogue, cooperation, solidarity and respect for diversity is fundamental for sustainable peace – a message that remains highly relevant today.

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Last updated 13 Sep 2018, 9.34 AM