In 1955 the 10th anniversary of the United Nations was celebrated.
Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld held various addresses during the year commemorating the anniversary, seizing the opportunity to speak at length about the duties and privileges of international service, always underlining the positive ideals and loyalty that guide it. At the Johns Hopkins Commencement ceremonies in June, the Secretary-General said:
"Politics and diplomacy are no play of will and skill where results are independent of the character of those engaging in the game. Results are determined not by superficial ability but by the consistency of the actors in their efforts and by the validity of their ideals. Contrary to what seems to be popular belief there is no intellectual activity which more ruthlessly tests the solidity of a man than politics. Apparently easy successes with the public are possible for a juggler, but lasting results are achieved only by the patient builder……Those who are called to be teachers or leaders may profit from intelligence but can only justify their position by integrity”.
The photo shows Eeclo N. van Kleffens (Netherlands), President of the UN General Assembly, A.S. Bokhari (Pakistan), Under-Secretary, and Dag Hammarskjöld looking at the original Charter of the United Nations at an exhibition on the occasion of the 10th anniversary in San Francisco, 20 June 1955.
Diary entry by Eleanor Roosevelt on the celebrations on