Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to our Website!

CDAC (Comprehensive Dialogue Among Civilizations) is an NGO based in Geneva with contributing staff in Moscow, New York and Sao Paolo. Our organisation was founded in 2002 by former UN Under-Secretary General Vladimir Petrovsky. Mr. Petrovsky was Director-General of the European Headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva from 1993-2002. During these years Mr. Petrovsky also acted as Secretary-General of the Conference of Disarmament. From 1985-1991 Mr. Petrovsky served as Deputy Foreign Minister of the Soviet Union under President Gorbachev.

We are a small team of dedicated staff that works mostly on a voluntary basis. Our main focus over the last few years has been the archiving of Mr. Petrovsky’s work and the publication of books and papers on specific topics. Please visit our newly developed special site to explore Mr. Petrovsky’s archive. It contains all of the statements of his time in Geneva as well as many other interesting documents.


Our organisation keeps a close contact to the Gorbachev Foundation in Moscow and supports efforts to keep the important and timeless legacy, vision and work of former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev alive.

Both Mr. Petrovsky and Mr. Gorbachev strongly promoted a peaceful world-society based on trust and mutual cooperation. Their governing vision and policy is to decisively put the well-being and sustainable development of the entire earth-planet above national interests. Both of the leaders have strongly promoted the de-militarization of international relations and the complete abolition of all nuclear weapons.
We hope – also in view of today’s situation - that this vision and policy will find its way into offices, heads and hearts of current and future leaders. It will not only be a sign that the world has finally matured and grown up but also seems the only responsible way forward to save our planet and steer it
towards a sustainable future for all.

We also hope that you can be part of this journey. Everybody has a role to play!

Michael S. Karlen


Mission and Goals

The aim of the NGO 'Comprehensive Dialogue among Civilizations' (CDAC) is:

I. Vision

The activities of CDAC are based on the understanding that each individual, each country, each culture and each civilization is unique and has something special to offer to humanity. The Dialogue among Civilizations is needed and imperative to promote this spirit and a culture of 'Unity in Diversity'. The key for an effective, profound and transformative Dialogue among Civilizations lie in each group focusing on the positive contributions they can make towards humankind, in thought and actions. We are all different, but also constitute part of one humanity and only together, through a true spirit of dialogue, cooperation and solidarity will we be able to build a peaceful global home for our world-family. 

'Beyond the turmoil, the division and perplexities of our time, humankind is slowly but surely finding ways, limits and codes of behaviour which will encompass all races, nations and ideologies. It is the formulation of these new ethics which will be the great challenge for the new generation. It will concern not only men's material fate, but also their mental and spiritual lives.' Dr. Robert Muller, former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations 

II. Mission Statement

The aim of the association 'Comprehensive dialogue among Civilizations' (CDAC) is:

  • to encourage a multi-cultural and inter-religious as well as political and diplomatic dialogue between countries, regions and population groups as a contribution to mutual understanding, tolerance and respect for diversity.

  • to develop, cultivate and promote the spirit and culture of dialogue with the ultimate goal of creating tools and instruments to address the current issues and challenges on the world agenda in a constructive, evolutionary and successful way.

  • To promote global human values and guiding ethical principles with the aim to sustain and develop a peaceful global society as it is set out in the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.