Senior Diplo Fellow

Dr Petru Dumitriu was a member of the Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations system (JIU) from 2016 to 2020. Previously, he served as ambassador and permanent observer of the Council of Europe to the United Nations Office and other international organisations in Geneva (2011–2014), as well as deputy permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva (2001–2005) and New York (1994–1998). While back in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, he was director of the United Nations Directorate (1992–1993, 1998–2000) and director general for Multilateral Affairs and Director General for Global Affairs (2006–2010).

During his diplomatic career, he performed various functions in the multilateral framework, among which: representative of Romania in the Executive Board of UNESCO (2010–2011), national coordinator of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (2008–2011), member of the International Advisory Board of New or Restored Democracies (2006–2009), elected member of the Unites Nations Committee on Contributions (2001–2009), rapporteur of the Geneva phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (2002), and s ecretary general of the Third International Conference of New and Restored Democracies (1997). He was also elected vice president of the UNICEF Executive Board (1995), the UN Commission on Disarmament (1997), and the Special Political and Decolonisation Committee (1997). 

His flagship book is The United Nations System in the Context of Globalization: The Reform as Will and Representation (in Romanian). He is the author of JIU reports Knowledge Management in the United Nations System, The United Nations – Private Sector Partnership Arrangements, Strengthening Policy Research Uptake, Policies and Platforms in Support of Learning, Blockchain Applications in the United Nations System etc. He received the Knowledge Management Award in 2017 and the Sustainable Development Award in 2019 for his JIU reports.


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