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Welcome to the

Vladimir Petrovsky Archive


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This comprehensive archive covers the time of Mr. Petrovsky's stay in Geneva (1993-2002) as United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva as well as Secretary-General of the Conference of Disarmament.

For the time before 1992 please refer to the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation ( and for the activities of Mr. Petrovsky's NGO Comprehenisve Dialogue Among Civilizations (CDAC) after 2002, please refer to the CDAC Website

We hope this archive will give you an easy access to the information that you are looking for. We equally hope that Vladimir Petrovsky's life and work will inspire and support you. His entire life as civil servant was fully dedicated not only to improving the cooperation and relations between nations but also to finding, developing and nurturing ways to help humanity move forward on its path in a visionary, constructive and evolutionary way.

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Background Papers on the Conference of Disarmament

Rules of Procedure, Machinery and Mechanisms, Limits and Prospects


The time

has come... develop a planetary way of thinking which subsumes the definition of national interest within the global context.


The logic of a planetary way of thinking brings to the foreground the task of providing not a balance of power, but a qualitatively new balance: the balance of interests of all the countries of our planet.

Vladimir Petrovsky

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Here are various documents that show different viewpoints in relation to global governance.


Vladimir Petrovsky was Director-General of the Palais des Nations from 1993 to 2002. He was an effective and powerful advocate of Geneva's role in the United Nations constellation, a friend of Switzerland and an outstanding diplomat who influenced the diplomatic history of the last quarter of the 20th century.

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With Flavio Cotti, Federal Councillor and former President of Switzerland, in March 1996.

Every Teacher's Dilemmas
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