CIRSD - President
Mr. Vuk Jeremić is President of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD) and Editor-in-Chief of Horizons, a prominent global public policy English-language magazine.
In June 2012, Mr. Jeremić was directly elected by the majority of world’s nations to be the President of the sixty-seventh session of the United Nations General Assembly in the first contested vote since the end of the Cold War. During his term in office, he played a leading role in steering the UN towards the establishment of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.
As President of the General Assembly, he facilitated the adoption of the breakthrough Arms Trade Treaty, the first legally-binding instrument in UN history to establish common standards for the international transfer of conventional armaments. Mr. Jeremić initiated several high-level thematic debates in the UN on critical issues such as climate change, education, social inequality, credit rating agencies, international criminal justice, and the peaceful resolution of conflicts in Africa. A record number of world leaders participated in them, helping the UN General Assembly assume a more pronounced role in world affairs.
Mr. Jeremić served as Serbia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2007 to 2012. During his tenure, he paid official visits to over 100 countries and addressed numerous international summits and conferences. In 2007, he chaired the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, representing the Committee before the Council’s Parliamentary Assembly. In 2011 and 2012, Mr. Jeremić led Serbia’s successful campaign for the Chairmanship-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) for the year 2015.
Mr. Jeremić has lectured at major universities and addressed high-level fora around the world, as well as publishing opinion pieces in leading outlets including the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, the Times and the Financial Times.
Prior to becoming Foreign Minister, Mr. Jeremić served as an advisor to the President of Serbia and various government ministries. Before entering public service, Mr. Jeremić worked in London for Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.
Mr. Jeremić holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Cambridge University and a master’s degree in Public Administration/International Development from Harvard Kennedy School.
Mr. Jeremić was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013, and appointed to the Leadership Council of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN) in 2014. He is also a member of the Columbia University Earth Institute–UN SDSN Advisory Group on International Relations.
Mr. Jeremić served as the President of the Serbian Tennis Federation between 2011 and 2015.