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Commemoration 1961-2011

On 18 September 2011, it was 50 years since Dag Hammarskjöld died in the plane crash near Ndola in then Northern Rhodesia (today’s Zambia). This was of course  commemorated in various ways across the world. All such activities organised or co-organised by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation are listed below.

Several of our recent publications are also related to this 50 year commemoration, focusing in different ways on Hammarskjöld and his legacy. See for example Critical Currents no. 2 “Beyond Diplomacy: Perspectives on Dag Hammarskjöld” and no. 8 “Can we save true dialogue in an Age of Mistrust? The encounter of Dag Hammarskjöld and Martin Buber”, as well as a booklet on The Ethics of Dag Hammarskjöld.

We have also compiled a list on all commemorative activities that have come to our knowledge. See the list in the left column or click here+/-


27 January in Uppsala, Sweden
Holocaust Memorial Day. Inauguration of the ‘Hammarskjöld year’ in Uppsala with a screening of the film ‘A small act’. Organised by the Uppsala Peace Museum.

30 January in Voksenåsen, Norway
Dag Hammarskjöld lecture by KG Hammar, former arch bishop of Sweden.

6 February – 7 April in Melbourne, Australia
‘Dag Hammarskjöld 1905-1961. Poet and photographer’. Exhibition arranged by the Swedish Church in Melbourne and Embassy of Sweden.

1 March in Uppsala
A theatre play entitled ‘Hammarskjölds sista resa’ is set up at Reginateatern. Organised by the Uppsala Peace Museum and Orionteatern.

15 March in Uppsala
Some 300 high school students took part in a role play on a UN climate summit. Organised by the Peace Museum and Uppsala UN Association.

24 March at Hanaholmen, Finland
Hanaforum on “Dag Hammarskjöld remembered”. Organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Hanasaari – the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre, the UN Association of Finland and Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation.

19 April in Uppsala
A theatre play entitled ‘Hammarskjölds sista resa’ is set up at Reginateatern. Organised by the Uppsala Peace Museum and Orionteatern.

27 April in Stockholm
Diplomatic Forum/Uppsala universitet
– event for the international diplomatic corps in Stockholm
Documentary: The Vision of a Secretary-General
– Dag Hammarskjöld and the UN

including a Q&A opportunity after the film with Peter Wallensteen, Dag Hammarskjöld Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala universitet
Venue: Röda Korset Högskola/The Red Cross University College, Stockholm

13 May in Uppsala
Inauguration of signs with Hammarskjöld quotations along the hiking path ‘Eriksleden’ and the start of a series of events entitled ‘Memento Mori’ which will go on until 6 November (art exhibition, concerts, lectures, film etc). Arranged by the Church of Sweden, the Swedish National Heritage Board and the Museum of Uppland.

29 May in Uppsala
‘Slottstråksdagen’ (Castle Walk Day). The Uppsala Peace Museum and Uppsala Art Museum co-organise Hammarskjöld-related activities in the castle and on the court-yard.

6 June in Uppsala
Sweden’s National Day is celebrated with Dag Hammarskjöld and peace as an overall theme. Organised by Destination Uppsala.

6 June in London, UK
Peace and Development – 50 years after Hammarskjöld – Annual Erskine Childers Lecture

17 June in Uppsala
Dag Hammarskjöld and the decolonization of the Congo. Panel at the 4th European Conference on African Studies

13–15 July in Pretoria, South Africa
Conference entitled ‘Southern Africa – 50 years after Hammarskjöld‘ organised by the University of Pretoria and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation.

29 July in Uppsala
Dag Hammarskjöld’s birthday. Inauguration of information signs on the castle hill and in other places in Uppsala. Guided walks and inauguration of a meditation room. Arranged by the Uppsala Peace Museum, Uppsala Art Museum and the City of Uppsala. August in Uppsala, Sweden Summer vacation workshops with the theme Dag Hammarskjöld. Organised by Uppsala Art Museum.

1 September in London
Public Panel Debate in London on “The Legacy of Hammarskjöld”. Arranged by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation with the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the British UN Association.

2 September in London
Seminar on “Dag Hammarskjöld, the United Nations and the end of Empire” at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies

10 September in Uppsala
‘Kulturnatten’ (Uppsala Cultural Night) with a photo exhibition by Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin. Organised by the Uppsala Peace Museum. Preformance on the court-yard of Uppsala Castle with a Dag Hammarskjöld theme. Organised by the Uppsala Art Museum.

18 September in Uppsala
The Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture 2011. Lecturer: Jan Eliasson. Organised by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and Uppsala University.

18 September in Stockholm
Memorial concert.

23 September in Uppsala
Memorial Concert in Uppsala Concert Hall with Anders Widmark and others. Organised by the Uppsala Peace Museum, Uppsala Konsert & Kongress and the City of Uppsala.

24 September in Jönköping, Sweden
Memorial concert.

29 September in Uppsala
Memorial service in Uppsala Cathedral with former arch bishop KG Hammars. Organised by Uppsala Domkyrkoförsamling.

24 October in Uppsala
Inauguration of a new exhibition on Dag Hammarskjöld at the Uppsala Peace Museum, possibly with Kofi Annan as key speaker. Organised by the Uppsala Peace Museum.

Mid-November in Uppsala
International Symposium entitled ‘Crossing Boundaries’ on the ethics of Dag Hammarskjöld and global leadership (tbc). Organised by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study.

8 December in Uppsala
Lecture by Kerstin Hulter Åsberg on ‘Vördnad för livet – Albert Schweitzer, Nathan Söderblom och Dag Hammarskjöld’. Organised by the Uppsala Peace Museum.

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World Organisation and International Law in Transition

20

Public event: Tuesday, 20 March 2012 13.00-15.00
House of the Nordic Embassies in Berlin

World Organisation and International Law in Transition
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World Organisation and International Law in Transition – The United Nations 50 Years After Dag Hammarskjöld

Panel Debate (in German and English) jointly organised by the Swedish...
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Dag Hammarskjöld’s Legacy – its relevance for today

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Public event: Tuesday, 17 January 2012 17.15-18.45
the House of Peace (Fredens Hus), Uppsala Castle, entrance A2

Dag Hammarskjöld’s Legacy – its relevance for today
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Presentations by Henning Melber and Peter Wallensteen followed by a discussion

Organised jointly by The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Pax et Bellum and the House of Peace (Fredens Hus).

2011 marked...
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The Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture 2011

18

Public event: Sunday, 18 September 2011 16.00
Uppsala University Hall

The Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture 2011
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This year’s lecture was given by Jan Eliasson, former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, and former President of the UN General Assembly. The title of the lecture is Peace,...
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Dag Hammarskjöld Remembered – A Collection of Personal Memories

Published, December 15, 2011
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Dag Hammarskjöld Remembered - A Collection of Personal Memories
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It is now fifty years since Dag Hammarskjöld left the world and the United ­Nations behind. Yet, with every passing year since his death, his stature grows and his worth...
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The United Nations and Regional Challenges in Africa – 50 Years After Dag Hammarskjöld

Development dialogue no. 57, December 2011
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The United Nations and  Regional Challenges in Africa - 50 Years After Dag Hammarskjöld
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This volume contains a selection of the contributions to an international conference held on 13-15 July 2011 at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. The conference was devoted to...
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Ban Ki-Moon Visit Uppsala

News published October 12, 2011

Ban Ki-Moon Visit Uppsala
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Today Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon made a brief visit to Uppsala during which he gave a short commemorative speech by Dag Hammarskjölds grave.

Watch the speech here

Civil Courage in the International Arena

Seminar: Friday, 10 June 2011
Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Uppsala

Civil Courage in the International Arena
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A Seminar on Civil Courage in the International Arena This seminar is organized within the framework of the 50th commemoration of Dag Hammarskjöld’s tragic demise in

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Dag Hammarskjöld and Global Governance

New Publication, September 16, 2011
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Dag Hammarskjöld and Global Governance
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This booklet is published in commemoration of the second Secretary-General of the United Nations half a century ­after his untimely death in a plane crash in Ndola, Northern Rhodesia on...
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Dag Hammarskjöld Literature

Bibliographical compilation, September 16, 2011
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Dag Hammarskjöld Literature
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A bibliographical compilation based on the collections of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, Uppsala.

Fifty years have passed since Sweden’s most famous peacemaker, Dag Hammarskjöld, was killed in a plane...
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A Reader’s Guide to Dag Hammarskjöld’s Waymarks

New publication, September 16, 2011
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A Reader’s Guide to Dag Hammarskjöld’s Waymarks
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Dag Hammarskjöld’s posthumously discovered journal was first published in 1963. The original manuscript consists of a collection of brief typewritten statements placed in a loose leaf folder. Hammarskjöld, it appears,...
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  • Commemorative events 2011

    27 January in Uppsala, Sweden
    Holocaust Memorial Day. Inauguration of the ‘Hammarskjöld year’ in Uppsala with a screening of the film ‘A small act’. Organised by the Uppsala Peace Museum.

    30 January in Voksenåsen, Norway
    Dag Hammarskjöld lecture by KG Hammar, former arch bishop of Sweden.

    6 February – 7 April in Melbourne, Australia
    ‘Dag Hammarskjöld 1905-1961. Poet and photographer’. Exhibition arranged by the Swedish Church in Melbourne and Embassy of Sweden.

    1 March in Uppsala
    A theatre play entitled ‘Hammarskjölds sista resa’ is set up at Reginateatern. Organised by the Uppsala Peace Museum and Orionteatern.

    15 March in Uppsala
    Some 300 high school students took part in a role play on a UN climate summit. Organised by the Peace Museum and Uppsala UN Association.

    24 March at Hanaholmen, Finland
    Hanaforum on “Dag Hammarskjöld remembered”. Organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Hanasaari – the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre, the UN Association of Finland and Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation.

    19 April in Uppsala
    A theatre play entitled ‘Hammarskjölds sista resa’ is set up at Reginateatern. Organised by the Uppsala Peace Museum and Orionteatern.

    27 April in Stockholm
    Diplomatic Forum/Uppsala universitet
    – event for the international diplomatic corps in Stockholm
    Documentary: The Vision of a Secretary-General
    – Dag Hammarskjöld and the UN

    including a Q&A opportunity after the film with Peter Wallensteen, Dag Hammarskjöld Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala universitet
    Venue: Röda Korset Högskola/The Red Cross University College, Stockholm

    13 May in Uppsala
    Inauguration of signs with Hammarskjöld quotations along the hiking path ‘Eriksleden’ and the start of a series of events entitled ‘Memento Mori’ which will go on until 6 November (art exhibition, concerts, lectures, film etc). Arranged by the Church of Sweden, the Swedish National Heritage Board and the Museum of Uppland.

    29 May in Uppsala
    ‘Slottstråksdagen’ (Castle Walk Day). The Uppsala Peace Museum and Uppsala Art Museum co-organise Hammarskjöld-related activities in the castle and on the court-yard.

    6 June in Uppsala
    Sweden’s National Day is celebrated with Dag Hammarskjöld and peace as an overall theme. Organised by Destination Uppsala.

    6 June in London, UK
    Peace and Development - 50 years after Hammarskjöld – Annual Erskine Childers Lecture

    17 June in Uppsala
    Dag Hammarskjöld and the decolonization of the Congo. Panel at the 4th European Conference on African Studies

    13–15 July in Pretoria, South Africa
    Conference entitled ‘Southern Africa – 50 years after Hammarskjöld‘ organised by the University of Pretoria and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation.

    29 July in Uppsala
    Dag Hammarskjöld’s birthday. Inauguration of information signs on the castle hill and in other places in Uppsala. Guided walks and inauguration of a meditation room. Arranged by the Uppsala Peace Museum, Uppsala Art Museum and the City of Uppsala. August in Uppsala, Sweden Summer vacation workshops with the theme Dag Hammarskjöld. Organised by Uppsala Art Museum.

    1 September in London
    Public Panel Debate in London on “The Legacy of Hammarskjöld”. Arranged by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation with the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the British UN Association.

    2 September in London
    Seminar on “Dag Hammarskjöld, the United Nations and the end of Empire” at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies

    10 September in Uppsala
    ‘Kulturnatten’ (Uppsala Cultural Night) with a photo exhibition by Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin. Organised by the Uppsala Peace Museum. Preformance on the court-yard of Uppsala Castle with a Dag Hammarskjöld theme. Organised by the Uppsala Art Museum.

    18 September in Uppsala
    The Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture 2011. Lecturer: Jan Eliasson. Organised by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and Uppsala University.

    18 September in Stockholm
    Memorial concert.

    23 September in Uppsala
    Memorial Concert in Uppsala Concert Hall with Anders Widmark and others. Organised by the Uppsala Peace Museum, Uppsala Konsert & Kongress and the City of Uppsala.

    24 September in Jönköping, Sweden
    Memorial concert.

    29 September in Uppsala
    Memorial service in Uppsala Cathedral with former arch bishop KG Hammars. Organised by Uppsala Domkyrkoförsamling.

    24 October in Uppsala
    Inauguration of a new exhibition on Dag Hammarskjöld at the Uppsala Peace Museum, possibly with Kofi Annan as key speaker. Organised by the Uppsala Peace Museum.

    Mid-November in Uppsala
    International Symposium entitled ‘Crossing Boundaries’ on the ethics of Dag Hammarskjöld and global leadership (tbc). Organised by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study.

    8 December in Uppsala
    Lecture by Kerstin Hulter Åsberg on ‘Vördnad för livet – Albert Schweitzer, Nathan Söderblom och Dag Hammarskjöld’. Organised by the Uppsala Peace Museum.

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