UN / DAG HAMMARSKJÖLD

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At a wreath laying ceremony in New York to mark the 55th year of his death, Ban quoted former UN Secretary-Genearl Dag Hammarskjold by saying “we are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny, but what we put into it is ours,” as he called on the world to “join hands and put into our shared frame a life of dignity and a better world for all."
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DATELINE: 13 SEPTEMBER 2016 NEW YORK / ARCHIVE

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exteriors, United Nations Headquarters

13 SEPTEMBER 2016 NEW YORK

2. Wide shot, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon walking up to wreath and pausing for a moment of silence
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, United Nations:
“I am honoured to join you as we remember the life of Dag Hammarskjöld 55 years after his death. Together we salute to his sacrifice and celebrate his extraordinary achievements.”

ARCHIVE - 13 SEPTEMBER 1961, NORTHERN RHODESIA (NOW ZAMBIA)

4. Various shots, Dag Hammarskjöld arriving at Northern Rhodesia
“I recall his reminder to us all, I quote “we are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny, but what we put into it is ours,” end of quote. Let us join hands and put into our shared frame a life of dignity and a better world for all."

ARCHIVE - 13 SEPTEMBER 1961, NORTHERN RHODESIA (NOW ZAMBIA)

5. Various shots, Dag Hammarskjöld meeting officials on his last trip

13 SEPTEMBER 2016, NEW YORK CITY

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Olof Skoog, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations:
“As we reflect on the situation in the world today, a great human suffering, polarization and intolerance, when walls are built, and backs are turned against those in need, when security is sort by some through the means of nuclear destruction, and the most fundamental human rights and dignity of men are crossed by immunity, it seems more leadership is in very demand. As presidents and prime ministers gather here exactly a week from now, let’s hope that the spirit of moral leadership, as personified by the late Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld will infuse these holes.”

ARCHIVE - 18 SEPTEMBER 1961, NORTHERN RHODESIA (NOW ZAMBIA)

7. Various shots, Dag Hammarskjöld's body in a casket

STORYLINE:

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today (13 Sep) paid tribute to former UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld.

At a wreath laying ceremony in New York to mark the 55th year of his death, Ban quoted Hammarskjold by saying “we are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny, but what we put into it is ours,” as he called on the world to “join hands and put into our shared frame a life of dignity and a better world for all."

Swedish Ambassador Olof Skoog reflected on the world today and said that "more leadership is in very strong demand."

Last month, Ban released a follow-up note to the 2015 report of an Independent Panel of Experts that was established to examine and assess new information regarding the death of former secretary-general. The panel was appointed by Ban at the request of the UN General Assembly, which also requested its Member States to release any relevant records in their possession as well as to provide the UN chief any relevant information related to the death of the former Secretary-General and of the members of his party.

In the follow-up note, Ban said “I would again urge all Member States to continue their search for relevant documents and information, and to review for potential disclosure information which remains classified or undisclosed for other reasons,” Ban added, “I have declassified those archives of the UN for which I am responsible under the relevant rules and regulations, some of which were, at the time of the report of the Panel, still classified at a confidential or strictly confidential level.”

According to the UN, Hammarskjöld was known for re-organizing the UN Secretariat, considerably reducing its budget and shaping it into a viable, functioning organization. He established new relations with Member States, particularly members of the Security Council, demonstrating what the UN was capable of doing for them. He also pioneered peacekeeping operations.

Hammarskjöld served as the top UN official from April 1953 until his death at the age of 56 in a plane crash in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, along with 15 others in September 1961.
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