UN commemorates 40th anniversary of Dag Hammarskjöld's death

UN commemorates 40th anniversary of Dag Hammarskjöld's death

Dag Hammarskjöld
To commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the death of the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, the UN today launched a web site and issued postage stamps honouring the memory of Dag Hammarskjöld, who died while on a peace mission in the Congo.

The UN library in New York, which bears his name, launched a multimedia Web site highlighting the late Secretary-General's service to the Organization from 1953 to 1961. The site - at http://www.un.org/Depts/dhl/dag/ - features a year-by-year narrative of events and reviews Mr. Hammarskjöld's legacy. It includes photographs, video and audio clips, a selection of quotes, speeches and writings, as well as transcripts from the Library's Oral History Project.

The United Nations Postal Administration has issued three commemorative stamps, one in each of the currencies of the Postal Administration - Austrian schillings, Swiss francs and United States dollars. Olav S. Mathiesen, of Denmark, created the original artwork for the stamps.