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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.

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BACKGROUND

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

Climate Change

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.

Migration/Refugees

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].”

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.

Human Rights

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.

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