UN General Assembly Elects 67th Session President

8 June 2012: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has elected Vuk Jeremić, Foreign Minister of Serbia, as the President of the upcoming 67th session of the Assembly. 

Jeremić obtained 99 votes of the total 190 votes lodged during the secret ballot that was held for the first time in over 20 years. Of the total votes, 185 were valid, with five invalid votes and one abstention. In a speech delivered upon his election, Jeremić expressed appreciation for having received the confidence of so many States. He highlighted that Serbia went through periods of glory and tragedy, citing however that the country had reached out to its neighbors, offering friendship and reconciliation. Jeremić also proposed that the theme of the next high-level debate at the start of the 67th session of the UNGA be about the “adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations by peaceful means.”

Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, current UNGA President, noted the “strong candidature” of Dalius Čekuolis (Lithuania) and recognized Jeremić for his extensive experience in multilateralism and multinational affairs. [UN Press Release] [Jeremić's Remarks] [UN General Assembly Summary of the Meeting]