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A CEO Salon on Global Challenges with Vuk Jeremic

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

Recently, a small group of SCG’s CEO-level members gathered for an intimate salon featuring global leader Vuk Jeremić at the Green Acres estate, home of Ron Burkle. Mr. Jeremić is considered in United Nations circles to be one of the strongest candidates to become the next UN Secretary General, after Ban Ki-moon’s term finishes in 2016. Hosted by SCG, the event was held in partnership with the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations.

Mr. Jeremić led us in a spirited exchange on current world affairs and challenges facing the UN in the 21st century, including Russian-Ukrainian tensions, the humanitarian disaster in Syria, strained relations between China and Japan, and environmental/economic sustainability.

A graduate of Cambridge and Harvard, Mr. Jeremić served for close to six years as the Foreign Minister of Serbia, until directly elected in 2012 by the majority of the world’s nations to become the 67th President of the UN General Assembly. During his term in office, he played a leading role in steering the UN towards the establishment of a global post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

Mr. Jeremić currently serves as President of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD), a nonprofit policy organization working to promote a peaceful international system as well as economic, social, and environmental sustainability on a global scale. The CIRSD Board of Directors is comprised of prominent international figures, policymakers, and academicians.

You can read more here about CIRSD and its 501c3 nonprofit supporting organization, Friends of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development.

I thoroughly enjoyed this engaging dialogue on current world affairs and strategies to address some of our most pressing global challenges, and look forward to bringing other such opportunities to SCG members in the future!


Christine Essel
President and CEO

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