Dag Hammarskjöld led life of 'duty and humanism' says biographer

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Swedish historian and biographer Henrik Berggren at UN Headquarters on 28 March 2017 to discuss his recently published book entitled “Dag Hammarskjöld Markings of His Life”.UN News/Jocelyne Sambira

"If there is a conflict, leave it to Dag" became a popular phrase in the 1950s when the late Dag Hammarskjöld was Secretary-General of the UN.

Swedish historian and biographer Henrik Berggren, made the observation at UN Headquarters while discussing his recently published book on "the man and the diplomat".

During his years as UN chief from 1953 to 1961, Mr Hammarskjöld or "Dag" guided the Organization through the world's most complex emergencies.

He died in a plane crash on his way to broker a cease-fire between Congolese forces in the now DRC, or Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Jocelyne Sambira sat down with Mr Berggren to discuss "Dag's" childhood and other defining moments in the life of the iconic international civil servant.

Duration: 9’25”

 

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