Dr Asha-Rose Migiro
The UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, has announced that the Deputy Secretary General (DSG), Dr Asha-Rose Migiro, whose five-year tour of duty ended last month, will continue serving on the post up to the end of June, this year.
Dr Migiro, a Tanzanian diplomat, had expressed her desire to step down to allow the UN chief compose a new team of senior managers for his second term, that took off this month.
Mr Ban told a news conference in New York on Wednesday that Dr Migiro would remain in office for another five months to oversee smooth transition of UN new team.
He also said it was important for Dr Migiro to stay put to ensure continuity in preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) or Rio+20 in Brazil from June 20 – 22, this year.
“I wish to express my deep gratitude and appreciation to Deputy Secretary-General Migiro for her unfailing support, wise counsel and dedication in handling many challenges that have faced the organization during my first term,” Ban told reporters.
Last month, Mr Ban announced major changes in the senior posts in the UN to balance between the need to bring fresh perspective in addressing the major challenges and maintaining continuity of purpose and priority. He said this week that he had intended to seek nominations for the Under-Secretary-General position of the Department of Management to supplement his own search efforts.
He said “two Under-Secretaries-General — my Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, and Special Adviser for Prevention of Genocide, will relinquish their duties mid this year. “I intend to carefully review the needs of these offices, with a view to taking stock of the achievements made so far and to suggest a way forward to scale up and harness institutional synergy with the related offices.”
The search and appointment process has started in a transparent and competitive manner, based on merit, while taking geographical and gender balance into account. Prior to her appointment, Migiro served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation from 2006-2007 — the first woman in the country to hold that position since its independence in 1961.
Before that, she was Minister for Community Development, Gender and Children for five years.
As Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Migiro spearheaded Tanzania’s engagement in the pursuit of peace, security and development in the Great Lakes Region. She served as Chair of the Council of Ministers’ meetings of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region, a process that culminated into a Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region.
Dr Migiro was also Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministerial Committee of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation and President of the UN Security Council during its open debate on peace, security and development in the Great Lakes Region. Prior to Government service, Dr Migiro pursued a career in the academia. She was a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Dar -es-Salaam, where she rose to the rank of Senior Lecturer.
By FARAJA MGWABATI, Tanzania Daily News