SERGIO VIEIRA DE MELLO CENTER


"There is no hierarchy of suffering and tragedy. For the victim, whether from Sudan, Timor or Kosovo, suffering is identical "

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A human being has the right to live with dignity, equality and safety. There can be no security without a true peace, and peace must be built on the firm foundation of human rights. The maintenance of peace and security is inextricably linked to the equality of rights between men and women

- Sergio Vieira de Mello

What We Do


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Sergio Vieira de Mello was the most experienced person in the international crusade for alleviating human suffering: a UN official from Brazil who was truly committed to the building blocks of peace. Sergio, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, came to be the third person ever to occupy a position identified as the “Conscience of the World”.


He had inaugurated the novelty of UN nationbuilding in Kosovo and East Timor (the UN’s success story), and had also built extensive refugee credit in every major conflict that has defined the last 40 years. East Pakistan, Sudan, Mozambique, Bosnia, Cambodia, Kosovo, (and closer to home, Peru and Argentina) before heading to make East Timor independent, for which he was rewarded by becoming the top UN Human Rights man. It was then that the UN's Kofi Annan ordered him to Iraq, where he was killed together with 21 colleagues in a suicide attack against UN headquarters, which was destroyed. Carolina Larriera, his spouse and survivor of the bombing, together with Sergio’s mother, Gilda Vieira de Mello, are committed in perpetuating a legacy and a life worth remembering.

The Center focuses its work on advocacy and education activities to promote dignity and tolerance as core values, in order to advance global understanding, peaceful coexistence, and building meaningful lives. We are a vital instrument for addressing critical social issues; an effective vehicle for sharing and growing memory; a reference for engaging it in the promotion of dignity and tolerance.



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WHY?

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Sergio Vieira de Mello lead his life with honor and integrity. Our purpose is to honor Sergio’s life and legacy and weave it into the entire fabric of our international society so as to perpetuate a life worth sharing and remembering. This is why the Center operates in this framework.

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Our Origin

The Sergio Vieira de Mello Center, founded by Gilda Vieira de Mello and Carolina Larriera in 2008, was registered that same year in the Registry of Legal Institutions, obtaining the corresponding legal status that enables it to carry out its activities . The Center is dedicated to the dissemination of the work of Sergio Vieira de Mello, contributing to its knowledge, and promoting its correct interpretation

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Our Vision

Our vision, like that reflected in Sergio’s actions and the values he spearheaded, is to contribute to the making of a just society that remembers its past, listens to all voices, and pursues dignity and tolerance for all.

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Our Orienting Values

Dignity for all, and worth of the human person; Tolerance; Dialoque; Integrity; Global understanding; Bridging Cultural divides; Shining from within.

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Our Volunteers

Young people who believe in the ideal, and as young ambassadors, replicate the work from their communities. Engineers, lawyers, communicators, international relations professionals: We are people of all kinds and we believe that it takes collaboration and commitment to create the paths of human dignity.

Our Board

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Friends who are militant, engaged and committed, and have been witnesses of the greatest conflicts of the last 30 years
Jose

JOSE RAMOS-HORTA (Timor-Leste)

Nobel Peace Prize 1996 and President of Timor-Leste

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HILDE FRAFJORD JOHNSON (Norway)

Fr. Development Minister, and UNICEF Deputy Exec Director

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BARBARA HENDRICKS (EEUU)

Lifetime UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and Operatic Soprano

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Jose

MARIO VARGAS LLOSA (Peru)

Nobel Literature Prize 2010

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STEPHEN WALT (EEUU)

Professor of International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University

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LUCIA FIGUEIREDO (Brazil)

Women's Rights Advocate

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Our Team

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We are not a team because we work together we are a team because we respect trust and care for each other
Gilda

GILDA VIEIRA DE MELLO

Sergio's Mother; Honorary President

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Carolina

CAROLINA LARRIERA

Sergio's Civil Union Spouse, and Executive Director

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MILENA LESSA

Legal and Finance Manager

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Phil

PHIL VAZQUEZ

Education and Partnerships Specialist

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Priscilla

PRISCILLA HADDOCK LOBO

International and Public Policy Expert

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Joana

JOANA SKIAVINI

Media and Film Specialist

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Our Work

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MENTORS AND DISCIPLES PROGRAM, promoting partnerships between leading personalities in key areas matched with young entrepreneurs (see more)

READING PEACE INITIATIVE to encourage reading and stimulate critical thinking in suburbs and metropolis’ periphery (see more)

Sergio Vieira de Mello Day, together with OAB - Brazilian Bar Association (underway, see more)

Touring exhibition on Sergio's international career

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1ro Congresso Internacional da Declaração Universal dos Direitos Humanos -70 Anos da Declaração Universal - Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil, São Paulo. CSVM: 2018

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Fórum do Amanha – Tiradentes, Minas Gerais. Utopia Brasil. CSVM: 2018

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Instituto Rio Branco –Curso de Formação em Diplomacia Ministério de Relações Exteriores – Itamaraty - Brasília, DF. CSVM: 2018

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VIII Fórum Nacional de Políticas de Saúde em Oncologia. Auditório do Espaço APESP. São Paulo. CSVM: 2018

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Brasil 21 – Lancamento Nacional: Primeira Conferencia de Economia de Mercado com Justiça Social. CSVM - Sao Paulo. 2018

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Centro de Liderança Publica e Escola do Parlamento Câmara Municipal de São Paulo. CSVM: 2018

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Discussion Seminar: CSVM: 2018

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Palestra no Encontro UNESCO de Escolas Associadas

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Universidade Federal Fluminense UFF - Niteroi, RJ

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FAAP Sao Paulo: CSVM Agosto

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Primeiro Encontro de Lideres em Gestão Publica: O estilo de Sérgio Vieira de Mello: CSVM: 2018. Escola de Lideres

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Tenda Mundo Melhor: CSVM

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