Today we remember my predecessor, Dag Hammarskjöld, and pay tribute to his life and his supreme sacrifice.
Around the world, Dag Hammarskjöld is rightly revered for his achievements, his dedication and his values.
He shaped the United Nations into an active force in making and keeping peace. He skillfully created and seized opportunities.
He bravely put himself forward for the most difficult challenges.
And he died while he was deeply involved in peace negotiations in the present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo.