Dag Hammarskjold

Country: Sweden

Tenure: 1953-1961

Biography: http://www.un.org/News/ossg/sg/stories/hammarskjold_bio.asp

Current Positions:

Past Positions:

  • UN Secretary-General (1953-1961)
  • Acting Chairman of Sweden’s delegation to the Seventh General Assembly in New York (1952-1953)
  • Vice-Chairman of the Swedish Delegation to the Sixth Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly in Paris (1951-1952)
  • Vice-Chairman of the OEEC Executive Committee
  • Joined Swedish Cabinet as Minister becoming the Deputy Foreign Minister (1951)
  • Chairman of the Swedish Delegation to UNISCAN (1950)
  • Secretary-General of the Foreign Office, Sweden (1949)
  • Sweden’s chief delegate to the 1948 Paris Conference of the Organization for European Economic Cooperation (OEEC).
  • Delegate to the Paris Conference (1947)
  • Appointed to the Foreign Office as Under-Secretary (1947)
  • Appointed as an adviser to the Cabinet on financial and economic problems (1945)
  • Appointed to the post of Permanent Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and concurrently served as Chairman of the National Bank’s Board, (1941 to 1948)
  • Served one year as secretary in the National Bank of Sweden
  • Member of the advisory board of the government-sponsored Economic Research Institute (1937-1948)
  • Assistant professor in political economy (1933)
  • Secretary of a governmental committee on unemployment (1930-1934)


  • Degree in humanities with emphasis on linguistics, literature, and history, Uppsala University (1925)
  • Earned two more degrees at Uppsala University in economics (1928) and law (1930)
  • Doctoral degree in economics, University of Stockholm (1933)

General Information:

  • Dag Hammarskjold died in a plane accident while on a peace mission in the Congo on 18 September 1961
  • Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize posthumously in 1961
  • Responsible for the organization of the first and second UN international conference on the peaceful uses of atomic energy in Geneva (1955 and 1958)
  • Assisted in mediating the Suez Canal Dispute (1956)
  • Organized the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) (1956)
  • During his tenure as Secretary-General new procedures and tactics were implemented at the UN, including the establishment of a UN “presence” in various conflicts around the world