Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro of Tanzania took office as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations on 1 February 2007. She is the third Deputy Secretary-General hold this appointment since the post was established in 1997. The post was established by the General Assembly at the end of 1997 as part of the reform of the United Nations, to help manage Secretariat operations and to ensure coherence of activities and programmes. The purpose was also to elevate the Organization's profile and leadership in the economic and social spheres.
Born in Songea , Tanzania , on 9 July 1956, Dr. Migiro received as a Master of Laws from the University of Dar-es-Salaam in 1984 and a Doctorate in Law from the University of Konstanz in Germany in 1992. She served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation from 2006-2007, and was the first woman in the United Republic of Tanzania to hold this position since its independence in 1961. Before then, she was Minister for Community Development, Gender and Children for five years.
During her tenure as Foreign Minister, Dr. Migiro spearheaded Tanzania's engagement in the search of peace, security and development in the Great Lakes Region. She served as Chair of an international Ministerial Council of meetings on the Great Lakes Region, a process that culminated in 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 on Politics, Defense and Security Cooperation and President of the UN Security Council during its open debate on peace, security and development in the Great Lakes Region. As Chair of the SADC Committee, Dr. Migiro coordinated SADC assistance to the democratic process, including elections, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) andsupport for national elections in Zambia and Madagascar . At the time of her appointment, she was chairing an important SADC Ministerial Troika Meeting on national elections in the Kingdom of Lesotho .
Prior to Government service, Dr. Migiro pursued a career in 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. She was head of the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law from 1992 to 1994, and the Department of Civil and Criminal Law from 1994 to 1997. Her work was published widely in local and international journals.
A mother and an an activist, Dr. Migiro served as a member of Tanzania 's Law Reform Commission in 1997 and as a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in 2000. She is married to Professor Cleophas Migiro and has two daughters. Dr. Migiro she speaks Kiswahili, basic French and German.
As the current Deputy Secretary-General, Dr. Migiro's responsibilities consists of the following:
(b) To act for the Secretary-General at United Nations Headquarters in the absence of the Secretary- General and in other cases as may be decided by the Secretary-General;
(c) To support the Secretary-General in ensuring inter-sectoral and inter-institutional coherence of activities and programmes and to support the Secretary-General in elevating the profile and leadership of the United Nations in the economic and social spheres, including further efforts to strengthen the United Nations as a leading centre for development policy and development assistance;
(d) To represent the Secretary-General at conferences, official functions and ceremonial and other occasions as may be decided by the Secretary-General; and
(e) To undertake such assignments as may be determined by the Secretary-General;