The Sergio Vieira de Mello medal was instituted in honor of humanitarian workers who devote their lives to people in need. The granting of the medal is held during the celebrations of the World Humanitarian Day, on August 19 of each year.
A form to submit proposals of people to be granted the medal is available at Itamaraty's Portal [Portuguese]. The medal is granted, including posthumously, to natural or legal people who have provided services considered relevant in the fields of international humanitarian law, humanitarian assistance and of peace and human rights promotion, in line with the principles governing the international relations of the Federative Republic of Brazil, under article 4 of the Federal Constitution.
Established by law no. 12.281, of July 5, 2010, regulated by Decree no. 383, of July 12, 2013, and by Decree no. 8.554, of November 6, 2015, the medal honors the legacy of this distinguished Brazilian in the promotion of sustainable peace, international security and better living conditions to people in situations of armed conflict, challenges to which Sergio Vieira de Mello dedicated his life and his career, at the service of the United Nations.