Jeremić officially launches CIRSD

BELGRADE -- The Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD), founded by Serbia's former Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić, has officially opened.

L-R: Dragica Nikolić, Tomislav Nikolić, Vuk Jeremić, Jeffrey Sachs, Ivica Dačić (Tanjug)
L-R: Dragica Nikolić, Tomislav Nikolić, Vuk Jeremić, Jeffrey Sachs, Ivica Dačić (Tanjug)

Jeremić, who until recently served as president of the UN General Assembly, told a news conference that the Center will hire young experts from Serbia and the academic community for the implementation of projects on international politics and sustainable development.

He noted that CIRSD will formally function as part of the institutions in charge of the issues within the Columbia University global network.

CIRSD will be funded from private sources and the financier will publish its report on the Center's website at the end of the year.

One of the guests at the opening was U.S. economic expert Jeffrey Sachs.

Jeremić underscored that the High Council of the Serbian Presidency of the UNGA presented a strategic document concerning the goals of sustainable development, adding that Sachs and himself drafted the document which, according to his assessment, constitutes the vision of the world's development.

Sachs said that CIRSD will secure the role of Serbia and the entire region in the academic engagement in solving the key issues of humankind.

CIRSD task will be to ensure independent research, analysis and practical recommendations for improvement of peaceful cooperation between countries and raising the awareness concerning the changes on the global level. It will also advocate the idea of a more open, inclusive and secure international system and promote sustainable development.

The former foreign minister is the CIRSD president and former Spanish foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos is the honorary president.

The advisory council comprises Sachs, guest professor of Oxford University and former Kuwaiti deputy prime minister Sheikh Muhammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, former prime minister of Pakistan Shaukat Aziz, former foreign ministers of Switzerland, Cyprus, Morocco, Senegal, Chile and Indonesia, as well as Director of the Development Research Center of the State Council Li Wei.

"Political, but not partisan"

Vuk Jeremić on Tuesday hosted a reception on the occasion of the opening of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD).

The event was attended by Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić, Prime Minister Ivica Dačić, and Serbian Patriarch Irinej, among others.

Jeremić addressed the gathering to say that his engagement in Serbia will be public and political rather than partisan

As the chairman of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly, Serbia was in the focus of the talks on the world's new development agenda after 2015, he said.

"During the presidency, Serbia was helped by a team of respectable experts, including Jeffrey Sachs, professor at Columbia University, who then accepted the invitation to continue the cooperation within the Center, Jeremić said and expressed hope that the CIRSD will contribute to better understanding of the relations in the region and the world," he said, and added:

"The world is changing really quickly, and the one who gets a better understanding of the world will be the winner."

The former minister of foreign affairs thanked the state of Serbia, the president, the prime minister and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for making Serbia's UNGA chairmanship the way it was.