Francesc Vendrell CMG, 1940-2022
Frances Vendrell CMG spent most of his professional life working with the UN or the EU. This award was made in recognition of his lifetime of commitment to the reduction and resolution of conflicts, particularly in Asian countries.
He was Deputy Personal Representative of the Secretary-General for Central America (Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala conflicts) in 1987-92.
He was Director for Asia and the Pacific In the UN Department of Political Affairs between 1992 and 1999, during which time he served concurrently as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cambodia (1996-99) and Papua New Guinea (on the conflict in Bougainville) in 1996-99 and as Senior Adviser to the Secretary-General on the deployment of his good offices in Burma/Myanmar.
Francesc was deeply involved in the issue of East Timor, serving as the Secretary-General’s Deputy Personal Representative, whose good offices led to the self-determination referendum in late August 1999 and its subsequent independence.
Francesc served as the Secretary-General’s Personal Representative for Afghanistan in 2000-02 and as the EU Special Representative for Afghanistan between 2002 and 2008.
Francesc held an LLB from King’s College, London and an MA from Cambridge.