Secretary-General appoints Independent Panel of Experts on the death of late Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld

New York, March 2015 – On 29 December 2014, the General Assembly in its resolution 69/246 requested the Secretary-General to appoint an independent panel of experts to examine, and assess the probative value, of new information related to the tragic death, in September 1961, of Dag Hammarskjöld and the members of the party accompanying him.

The General Assembly also encouraged Member States to release any relevant records in their possession and to provide to the Secretary-General relevant information related to the death of Dag Hammarskjöld.

The Secretary-General is today pleased to announce that he has appointed the following as members of the Independent Panel of Experts:

Mr. Mohamed Chande Othman (United Republic of Tanzania) as Head of the Panel
Ms. Kerryn Macaulay (Australia)

Mr. Henrik Larsen (Denmark)
The Independent Panel of Experts will, inter alia, review and assess the probative value of the information provided to the Secretary-General by the Hammarskjöld Commission as well as any relevant records or information released by Member States or by other sources.

The Independent Panel of Experts will commence its work on 30 March 2015 and submit its report to the Secretary-General no later than 30 June 2015.