CIRSD - President
Mr. Vuk Jeremić is the President of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD). In June 2012, Mr. Jeremić was directly elected by the majority of world’s nations to be the President of the 67th session of the UN 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 Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2015.
He was an independent MP in the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia.
Mr. Jeremić has lectured at major universities around the world, and published opinion pieces in leading newspapers including the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal.
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 University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Mr. Jeremić was elected President of the Serbian Tennis Federation in 2011, named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013, and appointed to the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) in 2014. He is also a member of the newly established Columbia University Earth Institute (EI)- UN SDSN Advisory Group on International Relations, having been designated as a Senior EI SDSN Advisor.