Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD), Belgrade, Serbia
Mr. Vuk Jeremić is the President of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD), an international think-tank registered in Belgrade, Serbia.
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. 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, Mr. Jeremić facilitated the adoption of the breakthrough Arms Trade Treaty, the first legally-binding instrument in UN history establishing common standards for the international transfer of conventional armaments. He 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 General Assembly assume a more pronounced role in world affairs.
Mr. Jeremić was an MP in the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia from 2012 to 2014.
Mr. Jeremić served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia from 2007 to 2012, paying official visits to over 100 countries. In 2007, he chaired the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, representing the Committee before the Council’s Parliamentary Assembly. Between 2011 and 2012, Mr. Jeremić was also the Chairman of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, the South-East European Cooperation Process, the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative, the Central European Initiative and the Migration, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative. 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.
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.
In 2013, the World Economic Forum named Mr. Jeremić a Young Global Leader.
Prior to becoming Foreign Minister, Mr. Jeremić served as an advisor to the President of Serbia as well as to the Minister of Defense. Before entering public service, he worked in London for Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.
Mr. Jeremić holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Cambridge University (Queen’s College) and a master’s degree in Public Administration/International Development from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Since 2011, he is the President of the Serbian Tennis Federation.