Sérgio Vieira de Mello

1948 - 2003

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Sérgio Vieira de Mello (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈsɛʁʒ(j)u viˈejɾɐ dʒi ˈmɛlu], 15 March 1948 – 19 August 2003) was a Brazilian United Nations diplomat who worked on several UN humanitarian and political programs for over 34 years. The Government of Brazil posthumously awarded the Sergio Vieira de Mello Medal to honor his legacy in promoting sustainable peace, international security and better living conditions for individuals in situations of armed conflict, challenges to which Sergio Vieira de Mello had dedicated his life and career.He was killed in the Canal Hotel bombing in Iraq along with 20 other members of his staff on 19 August 2003 while working as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and United Nations Special Representative for Iraq. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sérgio Vieira de Mello has received more than 1,328,979 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Sérgio Vieira de Mello is the 1,691st most popular politician (up from 8,928th in 2019), the 30th most popular biography from Brazil (up from 201st in 2019) and the 7th most popular Brazilian Politician.

Sérgio Vieira de Mello was a Brazilian diplomat and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. He was killed in the Canal Hotel bombing on August 19, 2003.

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Among politicians, Sérgio Vieira de Mello ranks 1,691 out of 15,710Before him are Ted Kennedy, Jehu, Almanzor, Lothair II, Holy Roman Emperor, George Tupou V, and Baasha of Israel. After him are Jehoram of Judah, Adnan Menderes, Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, Tony Blair, Nikolai Bulganin, and King Zhou of Shang.

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Among people born in 1948, Sérgio Vieira de Mello ranks 26Before him are Andrzej Sapkowski, Frank Abagnale, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Antonín Panenka, Steven Tyler, and George Tupou V. After him are Marcello Lippi, George R. R. Martin, Robert Plant, Olivia Newton-John, Keke Rosberg, and Donna Summer. Among people deceased in 2003, Sérgio Vieira de Mello ranks 19Before him are Edward Said, Ilya Prigogine, Robert Kardashian, Elia Kazan, Maurice Gibb, and Soong Mei-ling. After him are Otto Günsche, Gianni Agnelli, Leopoldo Galtieri, Maurice Blanchot, Compay Segundo, and Luciano Berio.

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Among people born in Brazil, Sérgio Vieira de Mello ranks 30 out of 1,947Before him are Emerson Fittipaldi (1946), Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887), Getúlio Vargas (1882), Ronaldinho (1980), Nílton Santos (1925), and João Gilberto (1931). After him are Djalma Santos (1929), Carlos Alberto Parreira (1943), Maria II of Portugal (1819), Romário (1966), Jairzinho (1944), and Arthur Friedenreich (1892).


Among politicians born in Brazil, Sérgio Vieira de Mello ranks 7Before him are Jair Bolsonaro (1955), Dilma Rousseff (1947), Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (1945), Michel Temer (1940), Pedro II of Brazil (1825), and Getúlio Vargas (1882). After him are Maria II of Portugal (1819), Juscelino Kubitschek (1902), Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1931), Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco (1897), Zumbi (1655), and João Goulart (1918).