The Unified Nations Club of University of Belgrade Faculty of Law is very proud to present you the news about the eminent alumni of the Club prof. Dr. Jovan Kurbalija!

Dr Jovan Kurbalija, former Serbian diplomat, founder and director of the Diplo Foundation and Geneva Internet Platform, was appointed Executive Director of the Secretariat and member of the High Council for Digital Cooperation, which was established by the Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres on July 12, 2018.

The council was established to give recommendations on how to strengthen international cooperation in the digital age. The main goal of the Council’s work is to realize the changes that digital technologies enable in empowering individuals and societies around the world, with security risks and unwanted digitalization consequences.

The Council will be chaired by Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Jack Ma, founder of the Alibaba Group. The work of the Council will be attended by 20 re-elected experts – ministers and leaders from the government and business sectors, academia, civil society and professional community, including one of the Internet’s foes, Vint Cerf.

Announcing the founding of the Council, Secretary General Guterres said: “The scope, distribution and speed of changes that enable digital technology to be unprecedented, but the existing ways and levels of international cooperation in this domain are not up to the challenges that the digitalisation process carries within itself.”

Professor Kurbalija is a pioneer in the field of cyber diplomacy since 1992. Dr Kurbalia set up a framework for further study and discussion on the regulation and influence of the Internet on diplomacy, and international relations on the Internet, and was named for the official (exofficio) member of the High Council and the Executive Director of the Council Secretariat.

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An official UN report is available through the following link:

https://www.un.org/press/en/2018/sga1817.doc.htm

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Photo: Reception of members of the UN Club at the headquarters of the Diplo Foundation in Geneva and lecture by prof. Jovan Kurbalija in April 2018.