Deputy UN Chief a graduate of Israeli women’s seminar

Wednesday, January 10, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
The new Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon (photo) will appoint the Foreign Minister of Tanzania Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro to the post of Deputy Secretary General, the second highest post in the world body, a move praised by the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Migiro is a graduate of a seminar for women leaders held last year by Israel’s Foreign Ministry. She participated in the seminar, which dealt with empowering women, immigration and millennium objectives, with 24 other female government ministers.

The course was conducted by the center for international cooperation and development in the Foreign Ministry and was held at the Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center in Haifa in conjunction with the international immigration organization. The seminar hosted dozens of female parliament members, government ministers, and policymakers. At the time Migiro served as Tanzania’s Minister of Community, Family, and Child Development, and that was her first visit to Israel.

Last year, Migiro was appointed Foreign Minister of Tanzania, and this week, one year after her last promotion, she was nominated to the second highest post in the UN. Her areas of responsibility will include gender issues and third world development.

“She was greatly impressed from her visit to Israel. She is a wonderful person, and very humble. We are all very happy she was appointed. She is very well qualified and has vast knowledge,” said Mazal Renford, director of the Golda Meir Institute. The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem has also praised the nomination of an African woman to such a high post and is especially happy because of her special acquaintance with Israel.

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