The Security Council needed only a few minutes in September 1957 to agree on recommending his reappointment to a second five-year term as Secretary-General, and the vote in the General Assembly was equally unanimous. Israel, which was absent because of the Jewish New Year, sent in a letter in order to have its affirmative vote registered.
He is "surely our supreme international Civil Servant," said the president of the Assembly in welcoming the decision, a man of "scrupulous objectivity" and "self-effacing" in the performance of his task. But these words could have been used with equal justice about Hammarskjold in 1953. They did not reflect the change and growth in the man. His missions to Peking and the Middle East had conferred extraordinary authority on this unobtrusive civil servant. He used the occasion of his reappointment to announce that he intended to use that