The Future of the UN: Necessary Reforms and Unavoidable Challenges

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A lecture by H.E. Mr Vuk Jeremić, President of the Centre for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD), on the future of the UN.

With the term of the current UN Secretary-General coming to an end this year, his successor will take over an organisation facing multiple challenges and inherit an ambitious programme of reforms. The demands are many, including peacekeeping and peacebuilding reform, the Sustainable Development Goals, and a new push on implementation of Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security – to say nothing of the continued crisis over Syria and the future of the Security Council. The new Secretary-General will need to quickly prioritise, but which nettle must be grasped first?

H.E. Mr Vuk Jeremić, former President of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly and Serbia's candidate for the post of UN Secretary-General, will speak about these challenges and the need for comprehensive reform of the UN. As part of this, Mr Jeremić will discuss the steps that the next UN Secretary-General must take to prepare the UN for the future, calling upon his diverse career spanning the UN, the think tank community, national government and private industry.

Speaker’s Biography

H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremić is President of the CIRSD, a public policy think-tank based in Belgrade and New York, and Editor-in-Chief of its flagship English-language quarterly journal Horizons.

In 2012, Mr. Jeremić was elected to be the President of the 67th 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 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He also facilitated the adoption of the breakthrough Arms Trade Treaty.

Mr. Jeremić served as Serbia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs in the period 2007–2012. As Foreign Minister, he served as the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in 2007–2008, and directed Serbia’s successful election campaign for the 2015 Chairmanship-in-Office of the OSCE.

Before entering public service, Mr. Jeremić worked in London for Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.

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