Asha-Rose Migiro

Asha-Rose Migiro took office as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations on 1 February 2007, the third to be appointed since the post was established in 1997. She served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania -- the first woman to hold that position since her country's independence in 1961 -- and as Minister for Community Development, Gender and Children. Dr. Migiro had a career in academia, as a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Dar es Salaam and as head of the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law and the Department of Civil and Criminal Law.

The Millennium Development Goals are the international community's most broadly shared, comprehensive and focused framework for reducing poverty.

See also Ms. Migiro's "Time for Solidarity with the Women of Haiti", a personal essay on the need for solidarity with the mothers and children of Haiti. Mine is the rare job that allows me to meet, within the span of a very few hours, both a president and a homeless mother. And each told me the same thing. Three months after the earthquake that devastated Haiti, President Préval welcomed me to his offices in Port au Prince -- a modest building in the gardens behind his ruined presidential palace. Education, he said straight-off, must be a corner stone of the international effort to rebuild Haiti. Without that, there is no future.

I will never forget the time an earthquake shook Dodoma in 2002 when I was a parliamentarian in my home country of Tanzania. I had no idea how to react to the tremors and instinctively ran outside. Though I was fortunate that the tremors caused minimal damage, they brought home to me in a deeply personal way just how fragile we are. The earthquake that devastated Haiti brought these memories back vividly, and my heart went out to my many colleagues and the people of Haiti who have been deeply affected.