Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the United Nations H.E. Ambassador Darja Bavdaž Kuret.
Permanent Representative of the Republic of Slovenia to the United Nations, Ambassador Darja Bavdaž Kuret has presented the letter of credence to the Secretary General Antonio Guterres on August 18, 2017. Before the current position, Ambassador Bavdaž Kuret was a State Secretary (deputy minister) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and before that the Ambassador of Slovenia with the seat in New Delhi, responsible for India, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Between the years of 2009 and 2013 she was posted as the Ambassador of Slovenia to Hungary, also responsible for Bulgaria. During the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU she was a Coordinator and a Chair of the Capitals's Working Group on Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Moldova and Belarus.
Between the years of 2006 and 2008 she was a Secretary General of the Bled Strategic Forum, prior to which (from 2002 to 2006) she was the Ambassador of Slovenia to Sweden, also responsible for Finland, Estonia and Latvia. Before that she was a Head of the Department for Analysis and Planning and Head of the Department for Neighboring States and prior to that the Ambassador of Slovenia to Israel and the Slovenian representative to the Palestinian Authority. Before the post in Israel, she held numerous positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ljubljana (Head of Department for non-European Countries, Counsellor to the Minister on Developing countries, Adviser to the President on Cooperation with developing countries within the Slovenian Committee for International Relations).
Ambassador Bavdaž Kuret has graduated from the Faculty of Social Sciences. She received the medals in Hungary and Bulgaria (Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary – civil division and Order of The Madara Horseman (1st Class) - Awarded for particularly significant contributions to the consolidation of bilateral relations with Bulgaria.