UN pays tribute to Dag Hammarskjöld, who took helm of world body 60 years ago

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Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, April 1953

The commemoration of 60 years since Dag Hammarskjöld took office is a reminder of the dangers facing those who serve the United Nations.

That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at an event in New York on Wednesday to pay tribute to the late Swedish diplomat.

Mr. Hammarskjöld, who served as the second Secretary-General of the United Nations died in a plane crash while on a peace mission to the Congo in September 1961.

Secretary-General Ban said that since Dag Hammarskjöld's death, thousands of other staff and peacekeepers have lost their lives while serving in United Nations peacekeeping missions.

"It is very important that we gather here to remember Dag Hammarskjöld who gave his life for peace as more UN staff continue to die for the cause. Yesterday again many of our UN peacekeepers were killed in the course of their official duty in South Sudan. We see so many of our dear colleagues, not only peacekeepers but civilian staff killed in the course of their mission." (28")

The UN Secretary-General said that the legacy of fallen United Nations staff and peacekeepers continues "thanks to the many others who carry on our collective work for peace."

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

Duration: 1'21"

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