Migiro appointed Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in AfricaListen /
Asha-Rose Migiro has been appointed as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Ms Migiro served as the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General from 2007 to 2012.
Charles Appel has more.
As Deputy-Secretary-General, Asha-Rose Migiro was integrally involved in promoting the AIDS response globally and within Africa, with special emphasis on reducing the vulnerability of women and girls and ensuring the rights of people living with HIV.
Of her new responsibility, Ms. Migiro said, "I am honoured to accept this appointment at this crucial moment in the African AIDS response. A decade ago, HIV in Africa was almost entirely an epidemic of despair. Today, we celebrate progress against AIDS that we never thought possible. "
Africa remains the continent most affected by HIV.
In 2010, about 68% of all people living with HIV lived in sub-Saharan Africa. The region also accounted for 70% of all new HIV infections worldwide.