5 August 2013
Press Release

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Biographical Note

New Permanent Representative of Croatia Presents Credentials


(Based on information provided by the Protocol and Liaison Service)

The new Permanent Representative of Croatia to the United Nations, Vladimir Drobnjak, today presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Mr. Drobnjak has been the Permanent Representative of Croatia to the European Union in Brussels since July, and was Head of the Mission of Croatia to the European Union between from February 2012 to June 2013.

He began his diplomatic career in 1992, when he became Deputy Permanent Representative of Croatia to the United Nations in New York.  Since then, his assignments have included Assistant Minister and Head of the Division of Multilateral Affairs in Zagreb, Member of the Negotiating Team of Croatia for the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union, and Chief Negotiator for the negotiations on the accession of Croatia to the European Union.

Mr. Drobnjak also worked as a United States- and United Nations-based correspondent for the Croatian daily newspapers Vjesnik and Večernji list, and for Croatian radio and television, from 1988 and 1992.  He was Editor-in-Chief of the Sunday Vjesnik between 1986 and 1988.

Born on 5 March 1956 in Zagreb, Mr. Drobnjak was educated at the University of Zagreb School of Law, from which he holds a Juris Doctor degree.

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