DAG HAMMARSKJÖLD CENTENARY 1905 - 2005

On 29 July 1905 a child was born in the Swedish town of Jönköping who would later occupy a special chapter in the history of his country and would also leave an indelible mark on the history of the United Nations. This year marks the centennial of the birth of Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General of the United Nations. 

On this special occasion, Azariah Kiros takes a closer look at the man whose dedication to the principle of impartiality and independence of mind is still the guiding spirit at the world body.    

Dag Hammarskjöld is remembered for his relentless efforts to prevent the use of the world body as a tool of the major powers and instead transform it into a guardian of the interests of small nations. And that brought him into open conflict with some member state, on both sides of the political divide.  

Why was Dag Hammarskjöld so controversial, admired by so many and equally loathed by not so few? And what led to the crash of the plane carrying the U.N. Secretary-General on that September night in 1961 as he embarked on a peace mission to find a solution to one of the most protracted conflicts of the time?   

Radio Sweden brings you a special programme about Dag Hammarskjöld, his visions, achievements as well as the impediments and dilemmas he faced.