Vladimir Petrovsky (1933-
) became under-secretary-general for political affairs in
1992 and director-general of the UN Office in Geneva (1993-2002).
He had earlier worked in the UN secretariat (1964-71) on
leave from the Soviet Foreign Ministry after which he worked
in Moscow on Soviet/U.S. relations in the Foreign Policy
Planning Department, headed the Department of International
Organizations (1979-86), and was first deputy foreign minister
(1986-91). His other UN affiliations include secretary-general
of the Conference on Disarmament; chair of the Task Force
drafting An Agenda for Peace; and the Secretary-General’s
special envoy to Libya (1992-93) and to Albania (1998).
He was born in Russia and educated at the Moscow State Institute
of International Relations; and he is the author of seven
books in Russian.