Mr. Matjaž Kovačič is the former Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the United Nations in Geneva. Prior to his position in Geneva, Mr. Kovačič worked in the areas of human security, international relations, human rights, minority rights and women’s rights as a representative of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia.
In 1991, after Slovenia's independence, Mr. Kovačič became the country's first Secretary-General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Later on, he was selected the alternate Permanent Representative of the Republic of Slovenia to the United Nations in New York as well as the Consul-General of the Republic of Slovenia in New York.
After serving as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Slovenia in Portugal and the Kingdom of Morocco, Mr. Kovačič continued to represent the Government of the Republic of Slovenia in a number of functions including as the National Coordinator for the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe and the South Eastern Europe Cooperation Initiative, the National Coordinator for the Human Security Network, the National Focal Point for the Alliance of Civilizations, and the National Coordinator for Cooperation with the International Organization of Francophone countries.