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Hon. Dr Salim Ahmed Salim, Chancellor of HKMU

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Dr. Salim began his political career in international diplomacy, serving Tanzania in numerous ambassadorial posts, including to Egypt, India, and China, and serving as Permanent Representative to the UN starting in 1970. Six years later, he was elected President of the United Nations Security Council and went on to serve as President of the Thirty-Fourth Session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 1979.

He returned to Tanzania to take up a major role in domestic politics, holding several senior ministerial positions as well as that of Prime Minister. He then resumed his international work, serving as Secretary General of the Organisation of African Unity from 1989 to 2001, overseeing its transformation into the African Union. Dr Salim has been conferred several Honorary Doctorates (Honoris Causa), such as Doctor of Laws, from the University of Philippines; Doctor of Humanities, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria; Doctor of Civil Law, University of Mauritius; Doctor of Arts in International Affairs, University of Khartoum, Sudan; Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations, University of Bologna, Italy; and Doctor of Laws, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

As Chair of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation, Dr. Salim helped entrench a new era of independence across the continent. A leading figure in the fight against apartheid, he served as the Chairman of the United Nations Security Council Commission on Sanctions against Rhodesia, President of the International Conference on Sanctions against South Africa and President of the Paris International Conference on Apartheid. In recognition of his contribution to Africa he has been awarded numerous national honours from an array of African countries, including Togo, Rwanda and Liberia.
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