Asha-Rose Migiro

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Honourable Dr
Asha–Rose Migiro
Asha-Rose Migiro cropped.jpg
Minister of Justice and Constitution Affairs
Assumed office
20 January 2014
President Jakaya Kikwete
Preceded by Mathias Chikawe
Member of Parliament
Assumed office
12 December 2013[1]
Appointed by Jakaya Kikwete
Constituency None (Nominated MP)
3rd Deputy Secretary-General
of the United Nations
In office
5 February 2007 – 1 July 2012[2]
Preceded by Mark Malloch Brown
Succeeded by Jan Eliasson
12th Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
4 January 2006 – 11 January 2007
Preceded by Jakaya Kikwete
Succeeded by Bernard Membe
Minister of Community Development,
Women and Children
In office
President Benjamin Mkapa
Succeeded by Sophia Simba
Personal details
Born (1956-07-09) 9 July 1956 (age 58)
Songea, Tanganyika
Nationality Tanzanian
Political party CCM
Spouse(s) Cleophas Migiro
Alma mater UDSM (LL.B), LL.M)
University of Konstanz (Dr. iur.)
Profession Lawyer
Positions Lecturer, UDSM (1981-2000)
Chancellor, OUT
Migiro with President Kikwete

Asha-Rose Mtengeti Migiro (born July 9, 1956 in Songea, Ruvuma Region, Tanzania) is a Tanzanian lawyer and politician. She was appointed as the Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa of the United Nations Secretary-General on 13 July 2012. Previously, she was the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.[3] She was formally appointed and assumed office on February 1.[4] She completed her appointment as DSG at the UN in June 2012. She is married to Cleophas Migiro, and the couple has two daughters.[5] She is the third Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.


Migiro commenced her education at Mnazi Mmoja Primary School in 1963. She later moved on to Korogwe Primary School, Weruweru Secondary School, and, finally, Korogwe Secondary School, where she graduated high school in 1975.[6]

She obtained her LL.B and LL.M from the University of Dar es Salaam and her Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Konstanz in Germany. Before entering politics, she was a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM).[7] She headed the Department of Constitution and Administrative Law from 1992 to 1994 and the Department of Civil and Criminal Law from 1994 to 1997.

Time in the Tanzanian government[edit]

Migiro served as a ward member of Chama Cha Mapinduzi from 1994 to 2000, and as a member of a Regional Executive Council from 2000 to 2005.[6] From 2000 to 2006, she was the Minister of Community Development, Gender and Children's Affairs. She became the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on January 4, 2006, when the previous foreign minister, Jakaya Kikwete, who had been elected president, appointed his new cabinet. She was the first woman in that position since the independence of the United Republic of Tanzania.[8]

While in the position of foreign minister, Migiro chaired the Council of Ministers' meetings of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region and the Southern African Development Community(SADC) Ministerial Committee of the Organ on Politics, Defense and Security Cooperation. She coordinated SADC assistance to the elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo(DRC), Zambia and Madagascar. She also served as President of the United Nations Security Council during its open debate on peace, security and development in the Great Lakes Region.

Serving as foreign minister, Migiro accompanied the former president of the Comoros, Azali Assoumani, during a tour of his country's new consulate in Tanzania and inspected a Tanzanian hospital.[9] According to United States officials, Condoleezza Rice, the American Secretary of State, is "personally acquainted" with her.[10] Kikwete appointed Bernard Membe to succeed Migiro as foreign minister.[11]

United Nations appointment[edit]

Migiro was appointed to the post of United Nations Deputy Secretary-General by Ban Ki-moon, the new United Nations Secretary-General from South Korea, on 5 January 2007.[3] According to Ban, "She is a highly respected leader who has championed the cause of developing countries over the years..." He also said that "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."[12] According to The New York Times, this was a fulfillment of his promise to pick a woman from the developing world for the post of Deputy Secretary-General.[10] The UN News Centre noted that Migiro and Ban had worked together while they were foreign ministers of their respective countries.[7]

In September 2009, she traveled to Rome and had a meeting with Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini and Pope Benedict XVI in order to discuss violence against women. United Nations representatives were reportedly preparing to finalize an initiative aimed at stopping the genital mutilation of women and genocide.[13]


  1. ^ "Dr Migiro returns back as MP". Daily News (Tanzania) (Dodoma). Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  2. ^ TT. "Jan Eliasson får toppjobb vid FN (Jan Eliasson get top position at the UN) (Swedish)". 
  3. ^ a b Associated Press authors (2007-01-05). "Tanzania's Migiro is U.N. deputy". (CNN). Archived from the original on 2007-01-07. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 
  4. ^ "New UN Deputy Secretary-General takes oath of office", Xinhua (People's Daily Online), February 6, 2007.
  5. ^ "Migiro deputy UN boss". The Guardian (IPPMedia Ltd). 2007-01-06. Archived from the original on 2007-01-09. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  6. ^ a b "Member of Parliament CV". Parliament of Tanzania. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  7. ^ a b "Tanzanian Foreign Minister named new UN Deputy Secretary-General". UN News Centre. 5 January 2007. 
  8. ^ Muhiddin, Hassan (2006-01-05). "JK’s beefed up team". The Guardian (IPPMedia Ltd). Archived from the original on 2007-01-03. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 
  9. ^ Kisembo, Patrick. "We’ll do business together, Comoros president promises". The Guardian (IPPMedia Ltd). Retrieved 2007-01-12. 
  10. ^ a b Preston, Julia (2007-01-05). "Tanzanian Woman Is Chosen for U.N.’s 2nd Highest Post". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  11. ^ "Membe new Foreign minister". TSN Daily News (TSN). 2007-01-12. Retrieved 2007-01-13. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Asha-Rose Migiro is new U.N. deputy secretary-general from Tanzania". (MyAfricaToday). 2006-01-06. Retrieved 2007-01-13. [dead link]
  13. ^ UN Official Visits Benedict XVI

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jakaya Kikwete
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
4 January 2006–11 January 2007
Succeeded by
Bernard Membe
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Mark Malloch Brown
Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
5 February 2007–1 July 2012
Succeeded by
Jan Eliasson
Party political offices
Preceded by
January Makamba
CCM Secretary for Politics and Foreign Relations
November 2012 – present