President of the 62nd Session of the UN General Assembly
One of the most famous diplomats in Southeast Europe. The most successful UN president from Balkan as he was elected by all 192 member states of the UN.
Cosmopolitan and charismatic person, with a long experience in four fields: academic, politics, business, and diplomacy.
He wrote 13 books on international economics, politics, and poetry.
Dr. Kerim speaks 8 different languages and he has covered 1,5 million miles in Lufthansa airplanes.
What others say
“It is his brilliant diplomatic career linked later with a very successful business career at media that matters the most. He has a unique opportunity to have experience from both sides.”
– H.E. Mr. Milos Pricam, Former Permanent Representative of BIH to the UN –
“He has had the ability to articulate what are the big issues that matter most for General Assembly and he has been very fair which is essential in commanding the respect from ambassadors and delegation from UN.”
– H.E. Mr. John McNee, Permanent Representative of Canada to the UN –
Srgjan Kerim is a Macedonian diplomat, economist, former Foreign Minister and President of the 62nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Dr Kerim is well known politician in Southeast Europe and experienced businessman with a background in Public Administration. He brings with him a wealth of experience in international political and economic affairs and extensive knowledge of the United Nations system. Dr Kerim has proven himself as one of the most respectable diplomatic figures on an international scale. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Hamburg (Germany) and at New York University.
From 1988. to 1991. he served as Deputy Minister and Spokesman of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the former Yugoslavia in charge of multilateral affairs (including participation in the UN, G-77 and Non-Aligned Movement activities and EU).
Dr Kerim represented North Macedonia as Ambassador to Germany (1994-2000), to Switzerland and Liechtenstein (1995-2000). During his mandate as Macedonian Ambassador to Germany, he also served as Special Envoy of Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe (1999-2000).
From 2000 to 2001, Dr Kerim was Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia. He then chaired the Southeastern European Cooperation Initiative (2000-2001). During this period North Macedonia signed the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with the EU.
He became Ambassador and Permanent Representative of North Macedonia to the United Nations (2001-2003). He served as Vice president both of International Conference on Financing for Development (Monterrey, 2002) and of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg, 2002).
In 2003. he was appointed as Special Envoy of the WAZ Media Group for Southeastern Europe and General Manager of ‘Ost Holding GmbH,’ based in Vienna.
From 2003. to 2012. he served as General Manager of the subsidiary ‘Media Print Macedonia.’ In 2004. he was also appointed as Chairman of the Board at WAZ Media Group subsidiary ‘Politika Newspapers and Magazines’ in Belgrade and served until 2007. Between 2008. and 2012. he also served as member of the Croatian subsidiary ‘Europa Press Holding.
From 2004. until 2007. he was the President of the Macedonian-German Economic Association and since 2008. he is the Honorary President.
Srgjan Kerim presided the General Assembly’s 62nd session from 2007. to 2008.
Between 2008. and 2009. he was Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General on Climate Change.
Since 2008. Dr Kerim is a member of the Council of Presidents of the United Nations General Assembly.
From 2017. he is Senior Vice-President of Ecolog International for humanitarian affairs and international organizations.
From 2021. Special Envoy of the City of Opatija for international relations and cooperation.
Certifications / Achievements / Publications
Honors & Awards
State Award ‘October 11’ for Life Achievement in the Field of Science and Education
2013 – Republic of Macedonia
Golden Medal of Honor
2008 – OIER (Organization for International Economic Relations)
Grand Cross of Merit Melitensi Special Class
2008 – Sovereign Order of Malta
Grand Decoration of Honor in Gold with Sash for Services
2008 – Republic of Austria
Great Cross of Merit with Brilliants
2008 – Principality of Liechtenstein
2008 – L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University in Astana, Kazakhstan
Kentucky Colonel, Highest Decoration
2008 – State of Kentucky, USA
The Grand Cross of Merit with Star
2008 – Federal Republic of Germany
The Knight Grand Cross Order of Merit
2008 – Italian Republic
United Nations Millennium Development Goals Award
2008 – United Nations