Pope Francis appointed Slovenia-born Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic as the Holy See’s next Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva. He would be serving as the Permanent Observer to the Office of the United Nations and Specialized Agencies in Geneva and Permanent Observer to the World Trade Organization. He had served as nuncio to Russia and Uzbekistan since 2011.
Archbishop Jurkovic was born in Kocevje, Slovenia. He had served in Ljubljana for 24 years.
Archbishop Jurkovich would be taking over for Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi, who would be retiring this year as he turns 75.