Office of the Deputy Secretary-General

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The Office of the Deputy Secretary-General (ODSG) was created in 1997 to assist the Secretary-General in managing the operations of the Secretariat; acting for the Secretary-General at United Nations Headquarters in the absence of the Secretary-General and in other cases as decided by the Secretary-General; supporting the Secretary-General to ensure inter-sectoral and inter-institutional coherence of activities and programmes and to elevate 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; representing the Secretary-General at conferences, official functions and ceremonial and other occasions as directed by the Secretary-General; and undertaking such assignments as determined by the Secretary-General. Asha-Rose Migiro served as Deputy Secretary-General from 2007-2012. As part of her work, she chaired the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Africa Working Group. Her papers consist of two series: S-1893: Activities and S-1894: Trips. Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Migiro was the first woman in the United Republic of Tanzania to serve as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. She held that position from 2006-2007. In addition, she was Minister for Community Development, Gender and Children for five years, and also served as Chair of the Council of Ministers' meetings of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region; Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministerial Committee of the Organ on Politics, Defense and Security Cooperation; and President of the United Nations Security Council during its open debate on peace, security and development in the Great Lakes Region. Ms. Migiro was a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Dar-es-Salaam and headed the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law from 1992 to 1994, and the Department of Civil and Criminal Law from 1994 to 1997. She also served as a member of Tanzania's Law Reform Commission in 1997 and was a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in 2000. Ms. Migiro concluded her tenure on 1 July 2012. Subsequently, she was appointed as the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. Jan Eliasson was appointed Deputy Secretary-General on 2 March 2012 and assumed office on 1 July 2012 until 31 December 2016. He concurrently served as Chair of the Rule of Law Coordination and Resource Group (RoLCRG). His papers consist of two series: S-1945: Activities and S-1944: Trips. Prior to assuming the position of Deputy Secretary-General, Mr. Eliasson served as President of the 60th Session of the General Assembly in 2005 and as Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Darfur from 2007-2008. A veteran in the fields of diplomacy and foreign relations, he served as State Secretary for Foreign Affairs from 1994 to 2000, a key position in formulating and implementing Swedish foreign policy. From 1988 to 1992, he was Sweden's Ambassador to the United Nations. During this period, he also served as the Personal Representative of the Secretary-General on Iran/Iraq and was Chairman of the General Assembly's working group on emergency relief in 1991, Vice President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) from 1991-1992, and Chairman of the United Nations Trust Fund for South Africa from 1988-1992. Mr. Eliasson was appointed the first Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs in 1992, and was involved in operations in Somalia, Sudan, Mozambique and the Balkans, as well as initiatives concerning landmines, conflict prevention and humanitarian action. He also served as the Chair of Water Aid/Sweden and was a member of the Secretary-General's Advocacy Group of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).


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