The Pragmatic Idealist

Sergio Vieira de Mello welcomes new recruits  to the UN, revealing what it meant for him and how responsible he felt for upholding the ideals.

Ten Years After the Canal Hotel UN Attack

Sergio Vieira de Mello by his partner Carolina Larriera – Commemorating 10 (ten) years since the Baghdad attack.

Sergio's Last Email

His last email to his closest friends before arriving to Iraq.

May 29, 2003

I am leaving over the weekend as you all know with mixed feelings, but determined to do what is best for for the UN. Conscious of the many pitfalls, of, of my own ignorance and of the security Council’s mandate ambiguities.

Certainly aware of my duty towards the cause that my human right job embodies hence my staff all those I am accountable to (which is why I agreed with the secretary General that the assignment will not exceed four months)

That my personal life again comes last*, yet energized and inspired by Carolina**.

I shall count on your friendship and supportive vibes.

* The hearing for his Divorce was held in France on May 23rd, declaring his Legal Separation from his first wife, and a 3 month wait time for the divorce to be final. 
** I had accepted to accompany him to Iraq, arriving there a fortnight later



In memoriam: Sergio Vieira de Mello

“In memoriam” is a short documentary produced by the UN in Sergio’s memory.