Saturday, January 06, 2007

Tanzanian Foreign Minister, Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, Appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

United Nations
Department of Public Information
News and Media Division
New York


Following is a statement by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

I have decided to appoint Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania, as Deputy Secretary-General. Minister Migiro served previously as Minister for Community Development, Gender and Children of the United Republic of Tanzania for five years. In her academic career, she rose to the rank of a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Dar-es-Salaam.

She is a highly respected leader who has championed the cause of developing countries over the years. Through her distinguished service in diverse areas, she has displayed outstanding management skills with wide experience and expertise in socio-economic affairs and development issues.

I have deep confidence in and respect for her, and intend to delegate much of the management and administrative work of the Secretariat, as well as socio-economic affairs and development issues, under a clear line of authority to ensure that the Secretariat will function in a more effective and efficient manner.

Migiro named UN Deputy SG

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Friday,January 05, 2007 @20:11

THE Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr Asha Rose Migiro, was yesterday appointed Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, a position which makes her second in command in one of the world's most influential institutions.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon announced the appointment at the UN headquarters in New York.

Dr. Asha Rose (50), a rising diplomat becomes the second woman - the first from Africa - to occupy that position which was created in 1998. The first holder was Canadian Louise Frechette who was appointed that year and replaced in April this year by Mark Malloch of Britain.

President Jakaya Kikwete was informed of the appointment through a personal phone call from Mr Ban-Ki Moon who informed the president of his choice and the president concurred.

The president then called Dr Rose Migiro who is currently in Lesotho to inform her of this appointment. The president has released Dr Migiro to take up her new post immediately.

A statement issued by the State House last night said the president congratulated Dr Migiro and said he “was happy and proud that Tanzania has been given this opportunity to serve in the world's highest body.

“The Foreign Ministry is a very important portfolio to me, but this choice is also an honour to my country and I am very proud of Dr Migiro,” the statement said.

Before her political career Dr Migiro was a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Dar es Salaam. She was elected Member of Parliament (Special Seats) in 2000 and served as Minister of Community Development, Gender and Children in the third phase government under former president Benjamin Mkapa.

She was re-elected in 2005 and appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Dr Migiro is a member of the CCM Central Committee in charge of foreign affairs and international cooperation.

Tanzanian woman given No. 2 job at UN

New secretary general overhauls top bureaucracy

Last Updated: Friday, January 5, 2007
3:55 PM ET
CBC News

Tanzanian Asha-Rose Migiro has been appointed to the No. 2 job at the United Nations, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Friday.

Migiro, 50, is the second woman to hold the job of deputy secretary general. Canadian Louise Fr├ęchette filled the post from 1998 to late 2005.

Ban took over as secretary general in December, and is installing his own officials.

On Friday, he asked top UN top bureaucrats — including some assistant and under-secretaries-general — to tender their resignations so he will have "the flexibility he needs in forming his new team,” spokeswoman Michele Montas said.

Migiro will be responsible for "much of the management and administrative work of the secretariat, as well as socio-economic affairs and development issues," Ban said in a statement.

"She is a highly respected leader who has championed the cause of developing countries over the years," he said.

Migiro replaced Mark Malloch Brown, who held the job from April 2006.

Migiro is minister of foreign affairs and international co-operation for Tanzania. Before that appointment in January 2006, she was the minister of community development, gender and children.

A former academic, she lectured in law at the University of Dar-es-Salaam before joining the government.

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