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Jan Kavan

Jan Kavan
President of the United Nations General Assembly
In office
Preceded by Han Seung-soo
Succeeded by Julian Hunte
3rd Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
In office
22 July 1998 – 12 July 2002
Prime Minister Miloš Zeman
Preceded by Jaroslav Šedivý
Succeeded by Cyril Svoboda
Personal details
Born (1946-10-17) October 17, 1946
London, United Kingdom
Political party ČSSD
Profession Politician
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Jan Kavan (born October 17, 1946 in London) is a former Czech politician and diplomat.


Jan Kavan was born in London as the son of a Czechoslovak diplomat, Pavel Kavan, and a British teacher, Rosemary Kavan. Kavan moved back to Czechoslovakia with his parents as a child. His father was then arrested in a Communist Party purge and sentenced to 25 years in prison in a show trial in the 1950s. He was eventually released, but died in 1960 aged 46. Jan Kavan's mother later wrote a memoir, Love and Freedom. Jan Kavan was one of the student leaders of the Prague Spring movement in 1968. When the movement was crushed by the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, Kavan emigrated to the United Kingdom, the country of his birth.

Kavan is member of the Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD). He was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic from 1998 to 2002 and one of the deputy prime ministers from 1999 to 2002. He was a member of the Czechoslovak Federal Assembly from 1990 to 1992, member of the Senate of the Czech Republic from 1996 to 2000, and a member of the Chamber of Deputies from 2002 to 2006. He was elected President of the United Nations General Assembly and acted in this office from 2002 to 2003.

Before returning to former StB) in the years 1969-1970.[1] He was totally cleared of the charges by a Prague Municipal Court in 1994 and finally, after a renewed process, by a Court of Appeals in January 1996.

He received several honorary degrees, including Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics, Honorary Professor of Human Rights, Adelphi University of New York, and a number of human rights awards including Companion of Honour (UK), International Order of Merit (UK), and Presidential Roll of Honor (USA).

Kavan was educated at the Charles University in Prague, the London School of Economics and the University of Reading. He is divorced and has four children.

External links

  • Biography at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
  • Biography
  • General Assembly President Jan Kavan's timeline on the pages of United Nations


  1. ^ Valachovský, P., Bok, J.: KATO: příběh opravdového člověka. Olomouc (2000): J. W. Hill. ISBN 80-86427-01-3
Government offices
Preceded by
Jaroslav Šedivý
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
Succeeded by
Cyril Svoboda
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Han Seung-soo
President of the United Nations General Assembly
Succeeded by
Julian Hunte
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