Ivana Živković appointed new Deputy Secretary General, Deputy Administrator and new Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Ms. Ivana Živković of Croatia as Under-Secretary-General, Deputy Administrator and new Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Currently Director General for Economic Affairs and Development Cooperation at the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Ms. Živković brings to her new role more than 25 years of experience in development, regional cooperation, trade and economic diplomacy. She previously held several positions at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and played a leading role in setting up the framework for international development cooperation in Croatia. During the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Ms Živković led the coordination of the trade and development portfolios.

She succeeds Ms. Mirjana Spoljaric-Egger of Switzerland, who was elected as the new President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Welcoming this new appointment, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner said: “I extend my heartfelt congratulations and welcome to Ivana Živković as she assumes her new role and look forward to working in working closely with her in these uncertain times to implement UNDP’s strategic plan and mission to accelerate sustainable development and achieve a resilient future for all.

“I would also like to express my deepest gratitude and sincere thanks to Mirjana Spoljaric-Egger for her leadership, outstanding commitment and years of dedicated service to UNDP. I wish him the best for his future endeavours,” added Steiner.

Ms. Živković will assume her position from October 2022. She holds a Master’s degree in International Economics from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Zagreb and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Zagreb.

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