Sergio Vieira de Mello
Born: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 15, 1948.
Family: Divorced; two sons.
Education: Ph.D.s in philosophy and humanities from the Sorbonne, Paris. Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, English and French.
United Nations career: Started in 1969 in Geneva. Postings included Pakistan, Sudan, Cyprus, Mozambique, Latin America, Lebanon and Switzerland.
Notable assignments: 1994, head of civil affairs for the U.N. Protection Force in the former Yugoslavia. 1998, undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator in New York. 1999-2002, special representative of the secretary-general and U.N. transitional administrator in East Timor. 2002, U.N. high commissioner for human rights. May 2003, chief U.N. envoy to Iraq.
Sources: United Nations, BBC.
(Compiled by researcher Tish Wells.)
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