UN / DAG HAMMARSKJÖLD ANNIVERSARY WRAP

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The UN today recalled the inspiring legacy of Dag Hammarskjöld, who died 50 years ago this month in a plane crash at Ndola--Northern Rhodesia (Zambia). UNTV / ARCHIVE

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DATELINE: 13 SEPTEMBER 2011, UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK CITY / ARCHIVES / RECENT

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1. Wide shot, exterior UN headquarters

13 SEPTEMBER 2011, UNITED NATIONS

2. Various shots, General Assembly observing a minute of silence

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

3. Various shots, Dag Hammarskjöld arriving at Northern Rhodesia

13 SEPTEMBER 2011, UNITED NATIONS

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
"Today, we remember the example he set. We are inspired by the power of his conviction and we pledge to carry on the work of the United Nations that he died defending."

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

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

13 SEPTEMBER 2011, UNITED NATIONS

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
"One of the deepest aspects of his conviction was that the United Nations exists not for the major powers but for the other, smaller, weaker countries especially at that time the newly independent nations of Africa. He said, "The Organization is first of all their Organization, and I deeply believe in the wisdom with which they will be able to use it and guide it.""

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

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

STORYLINE:

On the first day of its 66th session, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly today (13 Sept) paid tribute to former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, who died 50 years ago this month in a plane crash at Ndola--Northern Rhodesia (Zambia).

Addressing the General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said "today, we remember the example he set" adding that "we are inspired by the power of his conviction."

Hammarskjöld, who died while trying to bring peace to the conflict-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was unanimously appointed UN Secretary-General by the General Assembly on 7 April 1953.

Ban said "the deepest aspects" of Hammarskjöld's conviction was that the UN "exists not for the major powers but for the other, smaller, weaker countries especially at that time the newly independent nations of Africa."

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.

He was instrumental in establishing the UN force in the Congo in 1960. It was during his fourth trip to the country that he died in a plane accident on 18 September.
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