August 2, 2013
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday appointed former Ugandan Vice President Speciosa Wandira-Kasibwe as his special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, SAPA-AP/Sowetan Live reports (8/2). Wandira-Kasibwe, who was the first woman in Africa to hold a vice president position, "will replace Asha-Rose Migiro of Tanzania, who the secretary general thanked for her outstanding and dedicated service to the UN and her commitment as a powerful advocate for his efforts to end HIV-related stigma and discrimination all around the world, according to the announcement from Mr. Ban's office," the UN News Centre writes. Wandira-Kasibwe currently serves as senior adviser to Uganda's president on population and health and is a chair of the Board of Directors of the Microfinance Support Center Ltd., the news service notes. In her position, Wandira-Kasibwe "will help advance the AIDS response in Africa by advocating for the pro-active engagement and involvement of all sectors of society," the UN News Centre writes (8/1).