Vieira de Mello, Sergio

▪ 2004

      Brazilian diplomat (b. March 15, 1948, Rio de Janeiro, Braz.—d. Aug. 19, 2003, Baghdad, Iraq), dedicated his life to attempting to bring peace, assisting refugees, and aiding humanitarian relief in many of the most volatile trouble spots all over the world. For over 30 years he worked at resolving conflicts—guiding such notable successes as the restoration of order in Kosovo in 1999 and the transition of East Timor to independence from Indonesia in 2002—and many thought he would follow Kofi Annan as UN secretary-general. Vieira de Mello was educated at the Sorbonne, earning a degree in philosophy in 1969 and a Ph.D. in 1974. Before earning his Ph.D., however, he had already begun his UN career by taking an editorial position at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 1969. Over the following several years, Vieira de Mello was involved in missions in such countries as East Pakistan during its transition to Bangladesh, Cyprus following the Turkish invasion in 1974, and Mozambique when its independence from Portugal in 1975 was followed by civil war, and in 1978 he went to Lima, Peru, as UNHCR regional representative for northern Latin America. From 1981 to 1983 he served as senior political adviser to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, and he then returned to UNHCR, at its headquarters in Geneva, where he filled a number of management positions before being posted to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1993. In 1996 Vieira de Mello was appointed UNHCR's assistant high commissioner, and two years later he became undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs. Following his successes in Kosovo and East Timor, in 2002 he was named UN high commissioner for human rights, and in June 2003 he was sent to Baghdad as Annan's special representative in Iraq. Vieira de Mello was killed when the UN headquarters there was bombed.

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