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About Dag Hammarskjöld

Dag Hammarskjöld

(1905–1961) was a world citizen. During his period as Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1953 until his death in 1961 he became known as an extremely efficient and dedicated international civil servant.Dag Hammarskjöld emphasised that a major task of the UN is to assert the interests of small countries in relation to the major powers. He also shaped the UN’s mandate to establish peace-keeping forces. Before he was appointed UN Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjöld held high positions as a civil servant in the Swedish government.

Dag Hammarskjöld also had strong cultural interests and was a member of the Swedish Academy. His book Markings, published after his death, has become a classic.

Most of Dag Hammarskjöld’s childhood and adolescence were spent in Uppsala where his father was the provincial governor. The city’s importance in the formative stages of Hammarskjöld’s life is easily discernible in his writings, among them the moving essay Castle Hill, which was written in New York shortly before his death.

The 2013 Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture – Sexual violence in conflicts by Margot Wallström

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Public event: Monday, 9 September 2013 16.30
Uppsala University Hall

The 2013 Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture - Sexual violence in conflicts by Margot Wallström
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Sexual violence in Armed Conflict was the theme when Margot Wallström, former Under-Secretary-General and UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, took the stage in Uppsala university hall 9 September.
Since 2000, when resolution 1325 first made recognition of the impact of war on women and the importance of women’s contributions to conflict resolution, several Security Council Resolutions (SRCs) have been formulated on the issue. In 2009 a Special Representative role – to act as an advocate, coordinator and leader within the UN system on the issue – was established. Margot Wallström was the first to hold this position.
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The Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture – Women’s Participation in the Sustainable World by Tarja Halonen

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Public event: Monday, 6 May 2013 16.30
Uppsala University Hall

The Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture - Women's Participation in the Sustainable World by Tarja Halonen
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Tarja Halonen, former president of Finland visited Uppsala the 6th May as the 2013 Dag Hammarskjöld Lecturer. Almost 500 people had come to the Uppsala University Hall to hear President Halonen speak on the topic of women’s role in the sustainable world.
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The Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture 2011

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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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The Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture 2010

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Public event: Friday, 10 September 2010 17.00
Uppsala University Hall

The Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture 2010
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Genocide Prevention - A Challenge of Constructive Management of Diversity. The Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture 2010 held by Francis Deng, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities...
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The Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture 2009

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Public event: Thursday, 26 November 2009 16.15
Uppsala University Hall

The Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture 2009
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Rights, Justice and United Nations Values Reflections through a Palestine refugee prism The Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture 2009 held by Karen AbuZayd, Commissioner-General of United Nations Relief and Works Agency

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