Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro honoured as her tenure comes to an end

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As Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro’s term as United Nations Deputy Secretary-General comes to an end, international aid organizations gathered at the UN headquarters in New York Tuesday evening to honor her for her contributions to global health.

At a reception co-hosted by the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), hundreds of guests from the UN community, including Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon, the private sector and the NGO community joined together to celebrate and recognize the immense progress the Tanzania native has helped forge against global health and development targets under her mandate, which began in 2007.

In remarks given by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon described Dr.

Migiro as a “true champion for global health” and discussed the heart, skill and talent she has brought to her role as Deputy Secretary- General.

The evening also saw remarks from UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, and UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, as each paid tribute to Dr.

Migiro’s many efforts against leading global health challenges in her time as Deputy Secretary-General.

“As Deputy Secretary-General, Dr. Migiro has constantly recognized the critical role health plays in development, and she has been a fervent advocate to ensure many of the most pressing global health issues of our time were at the top of the international agenda,” says Hervé Verhoosel, Representative in New York and Head of External Relations for the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership.

“Under the leadership of the Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, Dr. Migiro has brought a great spirit of partnership to the UN, urging necessary public-private partnerships and collaboration to make progress against global health targets.”

Since accepting her mandate as Deputy Secretary-General in 2007, Dr. Migiro has supported the Secretary-General’s efforts around population issues and health, including Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 6, which calls for a decrease in incidence of infectious disease like malaria, HIV and Tuberculosis.

A constant supporter of public-private partnerships to overcome global health challenges, Dr. Migiro’s leadership has encouraged greater political action for health and brought new and unique partners to the UN.

She has visited countless countries around the world to highlight work being done against leading health problems, and among other activities, she has represented the UN in the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health, supported efforts against polio and Avian Influenza, strengthened partnerships around tuberculosis, helped ensure the adoption of the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS and championed malaria through high-level platforms.

With Dr. Migiro’s mandate coming to a close, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced in January 2012 that Mr. Jan Ellison of Sweden had been designated to take up the post of Deputy Secretary-General beginning 1 July 2012.
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