The longest journey is the journey inward
Dag Hammarskjöld is most famous for his role as Secretary General of the United Nations between 1953-1961. Dag is also known for his poetry book “Markings” (Vägmärken), which has been translated into a variety of languages, his Haiku poetry, his career as a public servant with a leading role within the Swedish Finance Ministry, his language skills, his interest in art, philosophy, religion, diplomacy, music, nature, hiking and more.
Dag wrote several books during his lifetime. To find out more about the books written by and about Dag Hammarskjöld, click here
Dag’s personality and actions have made a clear mark in history, and many people and organizations are still very inspired by his values and work ethic and continue to work in his legacy.
In the early 1950’s Dag purchased a farm in the south of Sweden in an area called Backåkra. He intended to renovate the house and make it his home, but Dag tragically passed away in the service of the United Nations when his airplane crashed in Congo, Africa on September 18, 1961.
For his service he was posthumously awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1961.
In his will, Dag Hammarskjöld gave Backåkra to the Swedish Tourist Association, STF. STF transformed the farm into a museum where Dag Hammarskjöld’s private possessions and gifts from around the world were exhibited together with furniture and art from his apartment in New York. Accordning to Dag Hammarskjöld’s will, STF was asked to create a gathering place for the preservation of nature and culture, and as a place for meetings on topics in the interest of the United Nations.
Today the Dag Hammarskjöld’s Backåkra Foundation is open to the public and operates as a museum and meeting retreat.
In March 1962, The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation was officially formed. It would be an autonomous non-governmental organisation, carrying out its own programmes, governed by an international Board.
“Respect for the word – to employ it with scrupulous care and an incorruptible heartfelt love of truth – is essential if there is to be any growth in a society or in the human race.To misuse the word is to show contempt for man. It undermines the bridges and poisons the wells. It causes Man to regress down the long path of his evolution.”
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