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Ambassador Dr. Ugljesa (Ugi) Zvekic

Former Permanent Representative of the Republic of Serbia to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva


Born on 2 August 1950 in Belgrade, Serbia, Ambassador Zvekic holds a law degree (LL.B, Univeristy of Belgrade, Serbia)), MA (University of Denver, US) and  PhD in sociology/law (Law School, University of Belgrade).. He was a country representative in the UN-sponsored World Youth Forum (USA, 1969) and  Fulbright Scholar (1973-75).


Main career positions:

·         Scientific Counsellor, Institute of Criminological and Sociological Research; Honorary Professor, University of Hull, UK; External Ph.D Examiner, University of Cape Town, South Africa; standing Visiting Professor University of Belgrade

·         Deputy Director/ OIC, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), Rome, Italy

·         Deputy Representative/ OIC, United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Regional Office for Southern Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

·         Chief, Strategic Planning Unit, UNODC, Vienna, Austria

·         Member of the UN High-level Programme Coordination Committee


·         Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Serbia to the UN in Geneva

·         the Chair of the Commission and the Executive Committee/ Bureau of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), 2011 – 2013 the

·         President of the General Assemblies of  World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) , 2011 – 2013

·         Consultant, UNODC/UNITAR/ISICS/IP

·         Senior Advisor, Global Initiative  against Transnational Organized Crime


He has published extensively on crime and development, and reform of criminal justice system. He managed and carried out research, policy-advice, training and capacity-building as well as teaching in many academic institutions worldwide. He has a vast experience  in multilateral diplomacy.