Klara Novotna

Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Slovakia to UNESCO

Klara Novotna is a career diplomat and was appointed as Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Slovakia to UNESCO in 2014.

Prior to that, she was involved in the establishment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovakia Republic in 1991 and became Ambassador of the Slovak Republic since 1994. During 1993 to 1994 when Ms. Novotna presided as Chargé d’affaires of Slovakia in Bonn, Germany, she was responsible to establish the first Slovak embassy in Germany. She assumed the position as Slovakia’s first Ambassador to Sweden from 1994 to 1998. In 1998, Ms. Novotna served at the Ministry and became Chief of Staff to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs until 2000. During the time, she was responsible for preparing Slovakia’s accession to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and dealing with relations between the United Nations and the international organizations. She was appointed as Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in 2000, and was subsequently in charge of Slovakia’s Permanent Mission until 2005. From 2008 to 2009, she was Director of the Department of Africa, Near and Middle East at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ms. Klara Novotna holds a PhD from the University of Comenius in Bratislava. She has been awarded the “Women Who Make a Difference” award (UN, New York, 2001).