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Danilo Türk

Danilo Türk is former President of Slovenia. He was elected by popular vote as the third President of Slovenia for the term 2007-2012.

Prior to his term as President, Danilo Türk was professor of international law, an expert on human rights, a diplomat, and United Nations’ Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs. He served on the UN Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities (1984-1992) and, in that framework, prepared several reports on the realization of economic, social, and cultural rights, as well as on the freedom of opinion and expression. In addition, he worked as member of the UN Working Group on the Right to Development and drafted the 1986 UN Declaration on the subject. In 1988, he co-founded an independent Human Rights Council in Slovenia and was the Council’s Vice-Chairman. In that capacity, he drafted the human rights provisions in the Constitution of the Republic of Slovenia (1991). Later he also served as member of the UN Human Rights Committee (1995-96).

Following the conclusion of his term as President at the end of 2012, Danilo Türk has devoted his time to humanitarian work, teaching, and international cooperation. He is the founder of the Foundation “Let the Dream” (established in 2010) assisting children - victims of violence. He is Emeritus Professor of International Law of the University in Ljubljana. He serves as chairman or member of a number of international advisory boards and has chaired the Global High-Level panel on Water and Peace. Much of his recent work has been devoted to projects of Club de Madrid.