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Vuk Jeremic Founds Research Centre in Serbia

The Serbian ex-foreign minister and UN General Assembly president has set up his own think tank dealing with international politics and sustainable development.

Tanjug, B92
Belgrade

Former Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic has set up his own think tank, the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development, CIRSD.

The Center will engage young experts from Serbia in implementing international political and sustainable development projects.

"CIRSD will formally function as part of the institutions in charge of the issues within the Columbia University global network," said Jeremic, who served as foreign minister from 2008 to 2012 under Serbia's former Democratic Party-led government.

 He also served as president of the UN General Assembly from September 2012 - September 2013.

According to Jeremic, CIRSD will undertake independent research and analysis and come up with practical recommendations to improve cooperation between countries and raise awareness of changes on a global level.

It will advocate a more open, inclusive and secure international system and promote sustainable development, he added.

One of the guests at the opening ceremony in Belgrade on Tuesday was US economic expert Jeffrey Sachs.

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

Jeremic is the CIRSD's president while former Spanish foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos is honorary president.

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

The Center will be funded from private sources and its financial report will be published on the Center's website at the end of the year.

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