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Securing Agreement on a New Concept of Sustainable Development

The President of the Centre for International Cooperation and Sustainable Development (CIRSD) Vuk Jeremić delivered a lecture at the Faculty of Law in the Serbian city of Niš, focusing on the current state of international relations and engaging in an in-depth discussion with students about CIRSD’s projects and activities.

Regarding sustainable development, Jeremić said that in the next 500 days, the world expects UN Member States to agree on a new concept of sustainable development: the UN’s post-2015 agenda.

„We should play an active role in securing this agreement, which in the future will have a great impact on whether this country will be a better place to live. We should not miss this train, because the basic principles of sustainable development are not only economic progress, but also social policies and environmental components.

Discussing current foreign policy issues, Jeremić said that 2014 is a year that marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, which resulted in far-reaching global consequences. Making a parallel between the current and ongoing challenges in international relations, Jeremic and the student audience raised questions about whether some events in the world in 2014 can carry the threat of large-scale outbreak of conflict. Looking at the situation in the Middle East or East Asia, as well as recent developments in Ukraine, Jeremic wondered whether the world learned the lesson of 100 years ago.

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