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United Nations: oral history
Transcripts and audio files of interviews with some of Hammarskjöld's closest colleagues

The Hammarskjöld Commission
The Hammarskjöld Commission is a voluntary body of four international jurists who were invited by an international Enabling Committee to report whether in their view the evidence now available concerning the death of Dag Hammarskjöld would justify the United Nations in reopening its inquiry pursuant to General Assembly resolution 1759 (XVII) of 26 October 1962. The Commission's formal report was introduced at the Peace Palace (The Hague, Netherlands) on 9 September 2013. Additional information is likely to be available in future at the Commission's website.
Nobel Prize
Posthumous award of the Nobel Peace Prize, 1961
Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation
Uppsala, Sweden; sponsor of DH-related gatherings and lectures, publisher of the journal development dialogue, with occasional issues and articles dedicated to Hammarskjöld
"This I Believe"
Audio file and text of Hammarskjöld’s recording for Edward R. Murrow's radio program, November 1953. A crucial element of Hammarskjöld heritage


News in recent years has focused on renewed inquiry into Hammarskjöld's death, initiated by Susan Williams' brilliant and thorough book, Who Killed Hammarskjöld? The UN, the Cold War and White Supremacy in Africa (London: Hurst, 2011, with later paperback edition). Other topics make their appearance, but this topic again became uppermost in the media in autumn 2014, as the UN General Assembly worked its way toward the decision (29 December) to reopen its formal investigation. See the blog page for full details.


The United Nations Association–Westminster Branch UK makes a remarkable effort to follow news of Dag Hammarskjöld, and sometimes makes news. A reliable resource for us all.

The Hammarskjöld Commission Report, 9 September 2013

After a full year's investigation, the privately funded Hammarskjöld Commission has issued its report on the background and possible causes of the fatal air crash that took Dag Hammarskjöld's life with those of 15 others on 18 September 1961. This is a masterful narrative. There is no rush to judgment but rather an exquisitely careful production and sifting of evidence. The Commission suggests that key evidence (recordings of air traffic communications) may be available in two still-classified documents archived in the U.S. National Security Agency. It recommends that the UN conduct a narrowly focused investigation to lay groundwork for a wider investigation or, alternatively, to demonstrate that no further effort and disclosure are needed. The report available here reflects minor factual changes introduced by expert consultants several days after initial publication.
Commission Report

Remarks of Inga-Lill Hammarskjöld to the Commission, 9 September 2013

The Hammarskjöld Commission's report speaks of a duty to justice and history but pointedly refers to the needs of living members of the families of those who died at Ndola. Mrs. Hammarskjöld spoke for them with soft eloquence. Her late husband, Knut Hammarskjöld, had a distinguished career initially as a diplomat in the Swedish foreign ministry and most notably as the long-term director of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

United Nations Headquarters, 10 April 2013

Roger Lipsey speaks at a United Nations commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of Dag Hammarskjöld's oath of office. In a gathering organized by the Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, Roger joins Mr. Eliasson, Sir Brian Urquhart, Annika Söder (Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation), and the UN's Andrew Gilmour for a panel discussion and remarks from the audience.

African Business, March 2013

"The Albertina enigma"
A mystery examined by Stephen Williams
Review of Susan Williams, Who Killed Hammarskjöld?
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FT.com/magazine, 8-9 December 2012

"An African Murder Mystery"
"Someone killed the UN secretary-general. It's just not clear who. It's even possible there were two plots."
by Simon Kuper

The Guardian, 18 July 2012

"New inquiry set up into death of UN secretary general Dag Hammarskjöld"
Commission will investigate 1961 plane crash after new claims of assassination and cover-up
by Julian Borger

Worldwide media, 17 July 2012 and thereafter

"New Inquiry into the Death of UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, 1961"
Press statement by the Enabling Committee on the launch of the inquiry

The Witness (South Africa), 14 March 2012

"New Clues to the 1961 Death of Hammarskjöld"
by Christopher Merrett

The Guardian, 17 August 2011/1

"Dag Hammarskjöld: evidence suggests UN chief's plane was shot down"
by Julian Borger and Georgina Smith

The Guardian, 17 August 2011/2

"I have no doubt Dag Hammarskjöld's plane was brought down"
Göran Björkdahl interviews eye-witnesses who were afraid to come forward in 1961