|Preceded by Ide Oumarou|
President Julius Nyerere
Spouse Amne Ahmed
President Ali Hassan Mwinyi
Party Chama Cha Mapinduzi
|Preceded by Edward Sokoine|
Name Salim Salim
Succeeded by Amara Essy
Preceded by Benjamin Mkapa
Resigned November 5, 1985
|Born 23 January 1942 (age 73)
Sultanate of Zanzibar (1942-01-23) |
Education University of Delhi, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Positions Hubert Kairuki Memorial University, Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation
Salim ahmed salim one of the key messages from the 2014 iiag
Salim Ahmed Salim (Arabic: سليم احمد سليم, Urdu: سلیم احمد سلیم, Swahili: Salim Ahmad Salim, born 23 January 1942) is a Tanzanian diplomat who has worked in the international diplomatic arena since the early 1960s.
- Salim ahmed salim one of the key messages from the 2014 iiag
- Salim ahmed salim youngest tanzanian ambassador to china
- Early life
- Positions held in Tanzania
- Diplomatic positions held
- Positions at the United Nations
- Campaign for UN Secretary General
- Other diplomatic positions
- Honorary degrees
Salim ahmed salim youngest tanzanian ambassador to china
Salim was born in what was then considered the Sultanate of Zanzibar to Sheikh Ahmad Salim Riyami, an ethnic Arab of Omani descent from Oman while his mother was a local-born mixed-race Tanzanian, born to an ethnic Arab father and a mixed-race Indian and Afro-Arab mother.
He was educated at Lumumba College in Zanzibar and later pursued his undergraduate studies at the St. Stephen's College of the University of Delhi and obtained his master's degree in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York. He became a student activist in the early 1960s and was founder and first Vice President of the All-Zanzibar Student union.
Positions held in Tanzania
Diplomatic positions held
Positions at the United Nations
Campaign for UN Secretary General
In 1981, Salim Ahmed Salim ran for Secretary-General of the United Nations against the two-term incumbent, Kurt Waldheim of Austria. Salim was then serving as President of the United Nations General Assembly, and he had the support of the Organisation of African Unity and the Non-Aligned Movement. He could also count on China to veto Waldheim in the Security Council. However, Salim was opposed by the Reagan administration in the United States, which regarded him as an anti-American radical who was hostile to South Africa and supported Palestinian statehood. The Soviet Union also opposed Salim for his activism and his pro-China stance.
Salim won the first round of voting with 11 votes to Waldheim's 10. As expected, Salim was vetoed by the United States, and Waldheim was vetoed by China. Salim's support dropped after the first round, as some countries believed that the United States was implacably opposed to Salim, while China had previously dropped its veto of Waldheim in 1971 and 1976. However, neither country would relent, as the selection deadlocked for 6 weeks over a total of 16 rounds of voting. The deadlock finally ended when Waldheim and Salim both withdrew from the race, opening up the selection to other candidates.
In 1996, Salim was again mentioned for the office. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali was running unopposed for a second term and had the support of 14 of the 15 members of the Security Council. The United States was opposed to Boutros-Ghali and offered to support any other African candidate, including Salim Ahmed Salim. However, France made it clear that it would veto Salim, so he was not nominated.
Other diplomatic positions
At the continental level, following the invitation of the President of the African Development Bank, he has since March, 2002 been acting as African Water Ambassador whose responsibilities include advocacy, sensitization, and mobilization of support on African water issues. He also serves as:
At international level, Salim serves on the following boards, panels and commissions:
Recipient of the 2006 Martin Luther King "Drum Major for Justice" award.