57TH DAG HAMMARSKJOLD MEMORIAL.
Tourism and Arts Minister Charles Banda has commended the Copperbelt University for taking a leading role in honoring the life and legacy of the former UN secretary general and pioneer of peace Dag Hammarskjold.
Mr. Banda says the peace enjoyed today stems from the hard work and dedication put in by the late Dag Hammarskjold before he died in a plane crush on Zambian soil in 1961.
‘We commemorate the Dag Hammarskjold memorial to rededicate ourselves to the ideals for which he and the UN stood for, the ideals that shapes Zambia as a cradle of peace since independence which has also continued to support both regional and international peace missions’ he said.
Mr. Banda also disclosed that CBU is partnering with the National Heritage Conservation Commission (NHCC) to transform the site into an interpretative centre through tourism and education.
‘This partnership is envisaged to culminate into the construction of the Dag Hammarskjold Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies. I therefore urge all stakeholders to support the Copperbelt University and the National Heritage Conservation Commission in their effort to mobilize resources’. He said.
Meanwhile, a joint team led by the Swedish ambassador to Zambia Herrick Cederin, former United Nations Country Representative Olubanke King Akerele, FAO Country representative, George Okechi, Dag Hammarskjold Foundation Project Manager Karin Abbor-Svensson and UN war veterans praised Zambia highly for maintaining and promoting peace for over five decades.
Ambassador Cederin said the Swedish government will continue supporting government’s efforts to promote peace which is fundamental for Human freedom, dignity and self determination.
And Liberia former Prime Minister Olubanke King Akerele disclosed that she has started talks with the UN and the Copperbelt University to start a foundation in honor of the recently passed UN Secretary General Kofi Anan.(was Akerele a Prime Minister,kindly check your facts)I remember she once served as Zambia Country Representative for United Nations
The Copperbelt University in collaboration with the Provincial Administration, held The 57th Dag Hammarskjold memorial under the theme ‘Making the world a better place to live through peace;’
The event held at the site where Dag Hammarskjold crushed in 1961on his way to the Democratic Republic of Congo for peace talks attracted high level dignitaries including, , Swedish ambassador to Zambia Herrick Cederin, former Liberian Prime Minister Olubanke King Akerele, FAO country representative, George Okechi, Dag Hammarskjold Foundation project manager Karin Abbor-Svensson., and UN war veterans that served with Dag Hammarskjold before he died
The 57th Dag Hammarskjold memorial was celebrated in a series of events which kicked off with a public lecture and talk at the Copperbelt University Riverside Campus then finalized with a service at the crush site officiated by Tourism and Arts Minister Charles Banda.