News Focus: 

Key resources:

Former Special Representatives for Iraq
Biography Mandate Appointment
Ramiro Lopes da Silva
Various statements
and briefings

In wake of Sergio Vieira de Mello's death, Ramiro Lopes da Silva, United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, was named acting Special Representative.

Secretary-General's first envoy in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, killed in a terrorist bombing attack

" Throughout his career he has been an outstanding servant of humanity, dedicated to relieving the suffering of his fellow men and women, helping them to resolve their conflicts and rebuild their war-torn societies, " Secretary-General Kofi Annan in a statement mourning the death of Mr. Vieira de Mello, 19 August 2003.

Security Council condemns attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad

On 27 May 2003, Sergio Vieira de Mello, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, was appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan as his Special Representative in Iraq for a 4-month term.

Speaking to the press in Iraq in June 2003, as Special Representative With Kofi Annan at news conference, New York, 27/05/03 Visiting Quissaco, Angola, as High Commissioner Briefing journalists as Administrator in East Timor

Related press briefings

Press Conference on United Nations System Activities during Upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup

Related press releases

Saying Sport ‘Shows Us What We Have in Common’, Secretary-General Thanks Youths for Getting World Cup Event off to High-Spirited Start at United Nations

Rugby Promotes Teamwork; in Difficult Times, Offers ‘Chance for Joy and Fun’, Secretary-General Tells Ceremony Kicking Off Road to 2011 Rugby World Cup

Secretary-General, in Johannesburg Remarks, Says World Cup ‘Triumph for Humanity’; Same Commitment, Teamwork Can Score Victory over Poverty