Sergio Vieira de Mello: What a Loss

Francis M. Deng
Francis M. Deng Former Brookings Expert

August 20, 2003

The death of the UN Envoy to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, along with many other UN officials in Iraq, has shocked many around the world. Those who knew Sergio Vieira de Mello have every reason to be particularly devastated.

It is extremely rare to find an individual who achieved the level of excellence in virtually all aspects of his work. Sergio Vieira de Mello did. He was outstanding intellectually, charismatic, witty, charming, diplomatic but forthright, courageous and firm. There are really no words to adequately describe this most remarkable man.