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Asha-Rose Mtengeti Migiro

Assumed office 
February 5, 2007
Preceded by Mark Malloch Brown

Foreign Minister of Tanzania
In office
January 4, 2006 – January 11, 2007
Preceded by Jakaya Kikwete
Succeeded by Bernard Membe

Born July 9, 1956 (1956-07-09) (age 53)
Songea, Ruvuma Region, Tanzania
Nationality Tanzanian
Political party Chama Cha Mapinduzi
Spouse(s) Cleophas Migiro
Profession Lawyer and politician

Asha-Rose Mtengeti Migiro (born July 9, 1956 in Songea, Ruvuma Region, Tanzania) is a Tanzanian lawyer and politician. On January 5, 2007, she was named as the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.[1] She was formally appointed and assumed office on February 1.[2] She is married to Cleophas Migiro, and the couple has two daughters.[3] 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.[4]

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).[5] 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.[4] 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.[6]

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.[7] According to United States officials, Condoleezza Rice, the American Secretary of State, is "personally acquainted" with her.[8] Kikwete appointed Bernard Membe to succeed Migiro as foreign minister.[9]

Migiro and Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete at the December 2007 Leon H. Sullivan Foundation dinner in Washington, DC

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 January 5, 2007.[1] 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."[10] 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.[8] The UN News Centre noted that Migiro and Ban had worked together while they were foreign ministers of their respective countries.[5]

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 the phenomenon of violence against women. United Nations representatives were reportedly preparing to finalize an initiative aimed at stopping the genital mutilation of women.[11]


  1. ^ a b Associated Press authors (2007-01-05). "Tanzania's Migiro is U.N. deputy". (CNN). Retrieved 2007-01-06. 
  2. ^ "New UN Deputy Secretary-General takes oath of office", Xinhua (People's Daily Online), February 6, 2007.
  3. ^ "Migiro deputy UN boss". The Guardian (IPPMedia Ltd). 2007-01-06. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  4. ^ a b "Migiro , Dr. Asha-Rose M.". Parliament of Tanzania. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  5. ^ a b "Tanzanian Foreign Minister named new UN Deputy Secretary-General". UN News Centre. 5 January 2007. 
  6. ^ Muhiddin, Hassan (2006-01-05). "JK’s beefed up team". The Guardian (IPPMedia Ltd). Retrieved 2007-01-06. 
  7. ^ Kisembo, Patrick. "We’ll do business together, Comoros president promises". The Guardian (IPPMedia Ltd). Retrieved 2007-01-12. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "Membe new Foreign minister". TSN Daily News (TSN). 2007-01-12. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  10. ^ "Asha-Rose Migiro is new U.N. deputy secretary-general from Tanzania". (MyAfricaToday). 2006-01-06. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  11. ^ UN Official Visits Benedict XVI

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jakaya Kikwete
Foreign Minister of Tanzania
January 4, 2006–January 11, 2007
Succeeded by
Bernard Membe
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Mark Malloch Brown
Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
February 5, 2007–present


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