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|Srgjan Asan Kerim
Срѓан Aсан Керим
|President of the United Nations General Assembly|
September 18, 2007 – September 16, 2008
|Preceded by||Haya Rashed Al-Khalifa|
|Succeeded by||Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann|
December 12, 1948 |
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Srgjan Asan Kerim (Macedonian: Срѓан Aсан Керим) is Macedonian diplomat and former President of the United Nations General Assembly. His term of office began on September 18, 2007 and ended on September 16, 2008. He is half Macedonian half Turkish.
Early career 
1972-1991 Assistant and professor at the International Economic Relations Desk at the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade; Visiting professor at the University of Hamburg, Germany and at the University in New York.
Political and diplomatic career 
He was Foreign Minister of the Republic of Macedonia in 2000 and 2001. From 2001 to 2003, he played the role of a Permanent Representative of the Republic of Macedonia to the United Nations in New York City. During his diplomatic career, from 1994 to 2000 he was Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, and from 1995 to 2000 he was appointed Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. In 2000, he was Special Envoy of the Coordinator of the Stability Pact for Southeast Europe.
The offices he held during his political career in the former SFR Yugoslavia include: Minister of Foreign Economic Relations in the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, Assistant Minister and Spokesperson in the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of SFR Yugoslavia.
President of the United Nations General Assembly 
climate change, financing for development and achieving the Millennium Development Goals, countering terrorism, and reforms aimed at improving the management, effectiveness and coherence of the world body are among the top priorities during the session
Candidate for President of the Republic of Macedonia 
Kerim announced his candidacy for the Macedonian presidential election, 2009 as long as he is being supported by at least one of the two major parties VMRO-DPMNE and/or SDSM. Neither VMRO-DPMNE nor SDSM has announced their candidates for president, Kerim has been speculated to be the next candidate from VMRO-DPMNE. In the last surveys he was shortly leading in front of VMRO-NP candidate Ljube Boskovski.
Academic career 
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Upon assuming the office of Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia, he has delivered more than 60 lectures in the country of accreditation and in Austria, on Balkan issues in the context of international politics and economy.
Some of his works have been published in magazines and books such as:
- "Economic Development of Macedonia since 1991" - published in "Österreichische Osthefte" of the Austrian Institute for Eastern and South-Eastern Europe in Vienna.
- "Strategies for Integration of the Republic of Macedonia in EU and NATO"- publication project of the Defense University in Munich -Institute for International Politics and Human Rights (Lang or Nomos Publishing Ltd.)
- Macedonian Diplomats Ambassadors of the Republic of Macedonia, Srgjan Kerim, Nano Ruin, Kole Casule, Dimitar Dimitrov, Igor Dundev. 2010.
- "Balkan diplomat seeks to open UN doors". BBC News. 2007-11-08. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
Haya Rashed Al-Khalifa
|President of the United Nations General Assembly
Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann
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