Sergio Vieira de Mello
Sergio Vieira de Mello began his career at the United Nations in 1969 and quickly became a highly respected UN diplomat. He served central roles in crisis-ridden regions such as the Balkans, and played an important role in the 'birth' of East Timor. In May 2003, as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, he was handpicked by UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, to lead the return of the UN's presence in Iraq on a four month mission. On 19 August 2003, he was killed in a terrorist attack on the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq. His contribution to the international community has brought many posthumous awards and 19 August is now commemorated as World Humanitarian Day, in honour of all those who contribute to making the world a better place under difficult conditions.