CIRSD - President
H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremić is President of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD), a public policy think-tank based in Belgrade and New York, and Editor-in-Chief of its flagship English-language quarterly journal Horizons.
In 2012, Mr. Jeremić was directly elected by the majority of world’s nations to be the President of the 67th 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 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
As President of the General Assembly, Mr. Jeremić 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. He also initiated several high-level thematic debates in the UN on critical issues such as the peaceful resolution of conflicts in Africa, climate change, education, social inequality, credit rating agencies, and international criminal justice. 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 in the period 2007–2012. During his tenure, he paid official visits to over 100 countries and addressed numerous international summits and conferences. As Foreign Minister, he served as the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in 2007–2008, and directed Serbia’s successful election campaign for the 2015 Chairmanship-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Mr. Jeremić has lectured at major universities and addressed high-level fora around the world, as well as published opinion pieces in leading outlets including New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, The Times, Financial Times, The National Interest, and Huffington Post.
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 Theoretical and Experimental Physics from Cambridge University and a master’s degree in Public Administration/International Development from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.
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 Advisory Group on International Relations.
Mr. Jeremić served as the President of the Serbian Tennis Federation in the period 2011–2015. He is married to Nataša.