Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and President of the Sixty-seventh session of the United Nations General Assembly

Mr. Jeremić, former President of the Sixty-seventh session of the United Nations General Assembly and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, graduated from Queens’ College, Cambridge in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in Theoretical and Experimental Physics. Mr. Jeremić began his PhD studies in quantitative finance at Imperial College, University of London and studied at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government as a Fellow of the Kokkalis Foundation’s Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe, graduating in 2003 with a master’s degree in Public Administration/International Development. Mr. Jeremić is currently the President of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (Belgrade) and Editor-in-Chief of Horizons, a global public policy English-language magazine. He is fluent in English, in addition to his native Serbian.

Vision Statement

Media Stakeout following Informal Dialogue

 

 

BACKGROUND

Born July 3, 1975 (age 40) in Belgrade, Serbia, Mr. Jeremić entered into politics in 2000 as Adviser to the Minister of Telecommunications of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and has held, among others, the following public positions:

President of the United Nations General Assembly 2012-2013
Minister of Foreign Affairs 2007-2012
Founder and President of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (Belgrade) 2013-Present
Senior Foreign Policy Adviser to the President of the Republic of Serbia 2004-2007
Adviser for Foreign Affairs to the Minister of Defence of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro 2003
Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Democratic Party 2004

 

POLICY & PERFORMANCE

During his term as Foreign Minister, Mr. Jeremić was actively engaged in the work of the United Nations, representing Serbia at key sessions of the General Assembly and the Security Council. He led the Serbian delegation at high-level segments of the UN Human Rights Council, at the annual General Conference of UNESCO and at high-level meetings of the UN Alliance of Civilizations. Mr. Jeremić also represented Serbia at the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries, the 2011 UN High- Level Meeting on Nuclear Security and the 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Mr. Jeremić has also led Serbia’s delegation at high-level meetings of the African Union, the Organization of American States and the Non-Aligned Movement. Further, Mr. Jeremić has been actively involved with deliberations of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

In 2011 and 2012, Mr. Jeremić presided over a number of regional organizations of South-East Europe, including the Central European Initiative, the Adriatic Ionian Initiative and the Southeast Europe Cooperation Process. During this time, Mr. Jeremić also served as head of the Migration, Asylum and Refugees Regional Initiative and the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization.

Mr. Jeremić chaired the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers (May to November 2007), representing the Committee before the Council’s Parliamentary Assembly. From 2008 to 2012, he headed Serbia’s delegation to all ministerial sessions of the Committee and addressed three sessions of the Council’s Forum for the Future of Democracy.

 

ON THE ISSUES

CLIMATE CHANGE/DEVELOPMENT

Mr. Jeremić has stated that if he is appointed Secretary General he will be the foremost advocate of the 2030 Agenda, including its climate provisions, and will direct the U.N. System to prioritize work on this core issue. He has stated that he would work relentlessly with Heads of State and Government to assist them in achieving their Nationally Determined Contributions to fight climate change.

MIGRATION/REFUGEES

Mr. Jeremić has stated that if appointed Secretary General, he would campaign for more resources and more effective responses to humanitarian crises by prioritizing better coordination of humanitarian relief, support, and assistance to refugees, asylum seekers, and other displaced persons around the world. He also intends to appoint a high- profile Emergency Relief Coordinator and a new high-level Special Envoy who will be tasked with mobilizing resources to address funding and organizational shortfalls, with an emphasis on Middle Eastern and African refugee crises as well as disaster relief.

GENDER EQUALITY/WOMEN’S RIGHTS

Within the context of the institutions of the U.N., Mr. Jeremić has expressed his intent to make the organization more gender balanced by appointing “qualified women” to fill half of the under secretary-general positions.

PEACEKEEPING

Mr. Jeremić proposes developing a framework for a new generation of U.N. stabilization missions, working on a five-year plan that would transition security responsibilities to the African Union and sub-regional organizations and deploy qualified advisory teams to member states that request assistance in counter terrorism and violent extremism measures.

HUMAN RIGHTS

Mr. Jeremić aims to work with the General Assembly, the Security Council and institutional donors to increase the budget of the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights by 50 percent. Mr. Jeremić would also create and chair an Interagency Task Force on the Prevention of Genocide and Other Mass Atrocities to ensure that the atrocity prevention work being carried out by different parts of the UN System leads to more effective results.

UN REFORM

Mr. Jeremić has expressed the importance of a more transparent U.N., particularly in regards to the issue of its finances. He has further expressed a desire to create a more engaged institution, particularly with regards to youth, by revamping its communication strategy, including enhanced utilization of social media. Mr. Jeremić has also spoken to the importance of gender parity within the organization as well as more balanced regional representation.

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