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Former Foreign Minister and Former President of UN General Assembly
Mr. Kerim, President of the 62nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, graduated and received both a Bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Belgrade. Within his native Macedonia, Mr. Kerim has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia, Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to Switzerland, Lichtenstein and Germany as well as Minister of Foreign Economic Relations. Within the UN, Mr. Kerim has served as Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General on Climate Change as well as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Macedonia to the United Nations, among other positions. Mr. Kerim is fluent in English and Macedonian and also speaks French, German, Spanish, Italian, Serbian, Croatian and Bulgarian.
Born December 12, 1948 (age 67) in Skopje, Macedonia. Mr. Kerim entered politics in 1986 and held the following positions:
|Minister of Foreign Economic Relations (Macedonia)||1986-1989|
|Special Envoy of Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe||1999-2000|
|Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to Germany||1994-2000|
|Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to Switzerland and Lichtenstein||1995-2000|
|Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia||2000-2001|
|Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Macedonia to the United Nations||2001-2003|
|President of the 62nd Session of the UN General Assembly||2007-2008|
|Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General on Climate Change||2008-2009|
|Member, Council of Presidents||2008-Present|
POLICY & PERFORMANCE
From 2000-2001, Mr. Kerim was Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia, in which capacity he also served as Chairman of the Southeastern European Cooperation Initiative (2000-2001). During this period, the Republic of Macedonia signed the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the EU. From 2007-2008, Mr. Kerim was President of the 62nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. During his term, the Assembly focused principally on the following issues: responding to climate change, financing for development, implementing the global counter-terrorism strategy, advancing United Nations reform and following up on measures to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
ON THE ISSUES
On November 2 , 2009, Mr. Kerim gave a speech at the International Seminar on Climate Change and Peace as Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General on Climate Change.
- Srgjan Kerim, Keynote Speech, International Seminar on Climate Change & Peace (Nov. 2-3, 2009)
On November 5, 2015, Mr. Kerim gave a speech at the United Nations Association- Dallas Chapter celebration titled “70 Years Strong UN. Better World” at which he emphasized that “enhanced cooperation between the UN and regional organizations such as EU, African Union, ASEAN, MERCOSUR and others is the key issue of crisis management in general, as well as in this particular case [migration].”
- Srgjan Kerim, Keynote Speech at the Celebration of the United Nations Association- Dallas (Nov. 5 2015)
Gender Equality/Women’s Rights
On June 12, 2008, acting in capacity of President of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Kerim issued a statement at the closing of the High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS. In the speech he details the impact HIV/AIDS has had on adolescent girls and mothers.
- Srgjan Kerim, Statement by H.E. Srgjan Kerim at the Closing of the High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS (June 12 2008)
On October 18, 2007, acting in his capacity of as President of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Kerim issued a statement regarding the observance of World Food Day. He spoke about the right to food as an implicit recognition of the important role of human rights in eradicating hunger and poverty.
- Srgjan Kerim, Statement by H.E. Srgjan Kerim, The Observance of World Food Day (Oct. 18 2007)