The Dag Hammarskjöld Day

4th of October 2016 (PUBLIC EVENT)


A day of remembrance and celebration, set to commemorate Mr Hammarskjöld’s life and work, and to serve as an inspirational manifestation of Courage, Integrity and Compassion, showcasing the timeless integrity of the civil servant. The events are open to the public so do join in the celebration of our city’s foremost international hero!


There are limited seats in Rikssalen and available seats will be served on a first-come-first basis, so make sure you come in time.


13:00 (Rikssalen, Uppsala Castle) Symposium – The Legacy: Revitalising the Values of Courage, Integrity and Compassion.


Speakers in Rikssalen:


  • Swedish Diplomat, Anders Kompass
  • Former Speaker of the Swedish Parliament, Birgitta Dahl
  • Director Emeritus the Dag Hammarskjöld  Foundation, Henning Melber
  • Uppsala University Vice Chancellor, Eva Åkesson
  • Uppsala County Governor, Peter Egardt
  • Uppsala Municipality President, Carl Lindberg


16:00 – (Uppsala Castle Courtyard) Public procession to the Hammarskjöld Family Grave and memory stone in Uppsala Cathedral


Speaker in the Cathedral:


  • Archbishop, Antje Jackelén


The Dag Hammarskjöld Symposium shall be held in Rikssalen at Uppsala Castle, with some 50 invited guests and an additional 550 in the audience. Throughout the length of the afternoon experts and veterans shall disclose the importance of Hammarskjöld’s work at the UN, what it meant for the organisation and the office of the Secretary-General, his life and personality as well as how one may revitalise his heritage, and how to bring back to life the integrity of the international civil-servant.


After the symposium, an homage in the form of a public ceremony at the Uppsala Castle courtyard shall take place with a procession leading us down to Mr Hammarskjöld’s burial site, where the participants with invited guests and the people of Uppsala, together will put flowers on his grave. The final part of the procession will take place in the Uppsala Cathedral, by the Dag Hammarskjöld Memorial stone where the Archbishop will hold a final speech. The day will end with an exclusive reception for the DHY participants and invited guests, hosted by the Archbishop at her residence.