On 22 November, Angela Kane, VCDNP Senior Fellow, was awarded the Dag-Hammarskjöld Medal of Honor in recognition of her achievements as the United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, in particular in negotiating UN inspections of Syria’s alleged chemical weapons use in 2013. The award was presented by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
The Dag-Hammarskjöld Award has been awarded by the United Nations Association of Germany (DGVN) since 1977 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to solving the world’s problems in scientific, cultural, journalistic and political fields, as promoted by the UN system. Among the celebrated past winners of the award are Kofi Annan (2009) and Robert S. McNamara (1983). The award is named after the Swedish UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld, who served in that capacity from 1953 until 1961.