The Balkans and the Great Powers
Russian-Western Relations: Where Now? Series
hosted by Professor
Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD), Serbia
The event will be held in hybrid mode. SAIS Europe students, faculty, and staff are allowed to attend in person in the Penthouse. External guests are welcome to participate by registering for the online webinar using the link below.
Vuk Jeremic is President of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD) and Editor-in-Chief of Horizons Journal of International Relations and Sustainable Development
In 2016, Jeremic participated in the official elections for the UN Secretary-General. After six rounds of voting in the UN Security Council, he finished in second place, behind Mr. Antonio Guterres. He was the first-ever candidate to put forth a detailed policy platform to be implemented upon his election. Entitled Strengthening the United Nations in the 21st Century: A Platform for Action and Impact
, it contained 53 specific and concrete commitments and was divided into five thematic sections: sustainable development, climate change, conflict prevention and peace operations, human rights and humanitarian relief, and UN revitalization.
In June 2012, Jeremic was 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 UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
As President of the General Assembly, he also 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. Jeremic 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, helping the UN General Assembly assume a more significant role in world affairs.
From 2007 to 2012 Jeremic served as Serbia's Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 2007, he chaired the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers. From 2011 to 2012 he 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.
Prior to becoming Foreign Minister, Jeremic served as an advisor to the President of Serbia and various government ministries. Before entering public service, he worked in London for Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.
Jeremic holds a bachelor's degree in Theoretical and Experimental Physics from Cambridge University and a master's degree in Public Administration/International Development from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He 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.