|Minister of Justice and Constitution Affairs|
20 January 2014
|Preceded by||Mathias Chikawe|
|Member of Parliament|
12 December 2013
|Appointed by||Jakaya Kikwete|
|Constituency||None (Nominated MP)|
|3rd Deputy Secretary-General
of the United Nations
5 February 2007 – 1 July 2012
|Preceded by||Mark Malloch Brown|
|Succeeded by||Jan Eliasson|
|12th Minister of Foreign Affairs|
4 January 2006 – 11 January 2007
|Preceded by||Jakaya Kikwete|
|Succeeded by||Bernard Membe|
|Minister of Community Development,
Women and Children
|Succeeded by||Sophia Simba|
9 July 1956 |
|Alma mater||UDSM (LL.B), LL.M)
University of Konstanz (Dr. iur.)
|Positions||Lecturer, UDSM (1981–2000)
Asha-Rose Mtengeti Migiro (born 9 July 1956) 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. She was formally appointed and assumed office on 1 February. She completed her appointment as DSG at the UN in June 2012. She was the third Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. She is married to Cleophas Migiro, and the couple has two daughters.
Early life and education
Born at Songea in Ruvuma Region, 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.
She obtained her LL.B and LL.M from the University of Dar es Salaam and her PhD 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). 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
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. 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 4 January 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.
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. According to United States officials, Condoleezza Rice, the American Secretary of State, is "personally acquainted" with her. Kikwete appointed Bernard Membe to succeed Migiro as foreign minister.
United Nations appointment
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. 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." According to The New York Times, this was a fulfilment of his promise to pick a woman from the developing world for the post of Deputy Secretary-General. The UN News Centre noted that Migiro and Ban had worked together while they were foreign ministers of their respective countries.
In September 2009, she travelled to Rome and had a meeting with Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini and Pope Benedict XVI to discuss violence against women. United Nations representatives were reportedly preparing to finalise an initiative aimed at stopping the genital mutilation of women and genocide.
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- UN Official Visits Benedict XVI
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Asha-Rose Migiro.|
- UN Deputy Secretary-General
- Ban Ki-moon's full statement about Migiro's appointment
- (German) Literature by Migiro in the German National Library
- (Chinese) 黑人女性首次成为联合国副秘書長
- United Nations Rule of Law: Message from the Chair, a message from the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General on the rule of law.
|Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
4 January 2006 – 11 January 2007
Mark Malloch Brown
|Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
5 February 2007 – 1 July 2012
|Party political offices|
|CCM Secretary for Politics and Foreign Relations
November 2012 – present