Rastislav Vrbensky assumed the position of UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative to Montenegro in October 2011.
"It is a great privilege for me to be appointed by the UN Secretary General to lead the United Nations System and United Nations Development Programme in a beautiful country of Montenegro, especially in this period in time. The country is on the move forward with many positive developments in various spheres recently confirmed by the proposal to open negotiations for its membership in the European Union.
I am fully convinced that the UN can play a crucial role in supporting the country in working on key national priorities during this process, especially as it relates to pillars of UN work - human rights as well as inclusive and sustainable development.
In addition, Montenegro as a self-starter of ‘Delivering as One’ can become a globally recognised example of effective and efficient cooperation of UN agencies, government and other national partners in the context of middle income and EU accession country.
I hope that my hands-on experience from similar contexts and processes in Central Europe, in my own country Slovakia, but also in Western Balkans will bring benefits for Montenegro and its people. I very much look forward to our work together", Vrbensky said.
Prior to his appointment in Montenegro, he served as Country Director in UNDP Tajikistan from November 2008 to October 2011. He also served as Deputy Resident Representative in UNDP Serbia from 2004 to 2007. He joined UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre in 2000 as Sustainable Development Policy Advisor, and since then he was Officer-in-Charge for support to countries without full UNDP presence, Democratic Governance Practice, Regional Coordinator for Capacity 21 Programme and Assistant Director.
Before joining UNDP, Vrbensky worked for the Government of Slovakia and the Regional Environmental Centre for the Central and Eastern Europe in Bratislava.
Rastislav Vrbensky holds a PhD degree in development studies from the Comenius University in Bratislava and Master’s degrees in environmental management from the University of Amsterdam and in environmental science from the Comenius University. In 2008, he was a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. He is fluent in English and Russian.
UN Resident Coordinator to Montenegro, Rastislav Vrbensky can be reached via e-mail: email@example.com