DG Biography

  • MSME Day: Director General vows to help
    MSME Day: Director General vows to help

    NEW YORK, 27 June 2022 - In his opening statement at the MSME Day at the United Nations Headquarters, Director General Gerd Müller declared UNIDO stands ready to help MSMEs respond to the impacts of COVID-19, climate crisis and conflicts. The United Nations General Assembly designated 27 June as

    Read more
  • Director General Müller’s action-packed mission to Germany
    Director General Müller’s action-packed mission to Germany

    BERLIN, 24 June 2022 - UNIDO’s Director General, Gerd Müller, took part in the GreenTech Festival, a global platform for empowering changemakers and fostering innovative green technologies. During his mission to Berlin, Müller also met German policymakers.

    Read more
  • Director General Müller tells GreenTech Festival, "We are ready for a zero-carbon economy."
    Director General Müller tells GreenTech Festival, "We are ready for a zero-carbon economy."

    BERLIN, 23 June 2022 - At the GreenTech Festival, UNIDO’s Director General, Gerd Müller, told participants, “A world without hunger is possible. Stopping climate change is possible. A zero-carbon economy is possible.”

    Read more
  • Director General speaks at Morocco's green hydrogen conference
    Director General speaks at Morocco's green hydrogen conference

    MARRAKESH, 22 June 2022 - Director General Gerd Müller delivered an opening address at the World PtX Summit in Marrakesh, Morocco. The World PtX Summit is organized in a joint effort between the Moroccan Research Institute for Solar Energy and New Energies (IRESEN) and the Mohammed VI Polytechn

    Read more
  • Director General at the 38th session of the Programme and Budget Committee (PBC.38)
    Director General at the 38th session of the Programme and Budget Committee (PBC.38)

    VIENNA, 21 June 2022 – Director General Gerd Müller briefed UNIDO’s Member States on the progress made during his first six month in office, sharing his vision for the months ahead and presenting UNIDO’s priorities and the new motto of “progress by innovation” during his inaugural presence at the Or

    Read more
  • UNIDO Director General strengthens cooperation with Italian government, UN agencies and private sector
    UNIDO Director General strengthens cooperation with Italian government, UN agencies and private sector

    ROME, 17 June 2022 — On an official three-day mission to Italy, Gerd Müller, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), held bilateral meetings with high-level representatives of United Nations agencies, Italian government ministries and the private sector.

    Read more
  • UNIDO and Eni to focus on activities to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 9
    UNIDO and Eni to focus on activities to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 9

    MILAN, 17 June 2022 - Gerd Müller, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Eni, the Italian energy company, have signed a joint declaration to strengthen cooperation.

    Read more
  • Director General Müller to BRICS ministers: “industrial policies can help us decarbonize”
    Director General Müller to BRICS ministers: “industrial policies can help us decarbonize”

    BEIJING, 9 June 2022 - Addressing the 12th BRICS Trade Ministers Meeting, held in virtual format and chaired by China, UNIDO Director General Gerd Müller said the world is “facing a triple planetary crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution,” and called for greater global solidarity because “our prosperity, everyone’s prosperity, depends on a healthy planet!”

    Read more
  • UNIDO Director General calls for action at Stockholm+50
    UNIDO Director General calls for action at Stockholm+50

    STOCKHOLM, 3 June 2022 - Gerd Müller, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), participated in Stockholm+50, a crucial international environmental meeting, commemorating the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and celebrating 50 years of global environmental action.

    Read more
  • Director General Müller meets State Secretary to Sweden’s Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation
    Director General Müller meets State Secretary to Sweden’s Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation

    STOCKHOLM, 2 June 2022 - Director General Gerd Müller and Emil Högberg, State Secretary to Sweden’s Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation, have met with the aim of deepening institutional relations and identifying potential areas of cooperation such as green industry, skills development and vocational training.

    Read more
  • EU-UNIDO projects highlight gender equality as key to climate action
    EU-UNIDO projects highlight gender equality as key to climate action

    STOCKHOLM, 2 June 2022 - Ensuring that women and girls equally lead, participate in and benefit from environmental action are key priorities for the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Speaking at an event held in connection with the Stockholm+50 conference, three women who participate in EU-UNIDO projects around the world told their stories. 

    Read more
  • Director General Müller meets representatives of the Association of World Reindeer Herders at Stockholm+50
    Director General Müller meets representatives of the Association of World Reindeer Herders at Stockholm+50

    STOCKHOLM, 2 June 2022 - ​​​​​​​Together with UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner, UNIDO Director General Gerd Müller met Anders Oskal and Inger Anita Smuk, respectively Secretary General and Chair of the Association of World Reindeer Herders, on the margins of the Stockholm+50 event.

    Read more
  • Director General calls on developed countries and the world's rich to invest in concrete solutions
    Director General calls on developed countries and the world's rich to invest in concrete solutions

    STOCKHOLM, 2 June 2022 – Speaking at a high-level side-event at the Stockholm+50 event, the Director General Gerd Müller said solving the world’s great challenges is “not a question of finance – the money is there. It is a question of political will.” He pointed out that, last year, global spending on arms and the military rose to two trillions dollars, while worldwide spending on international development cooperation fell to 180 billion dollars. He said this is “unbelievable...unacceptable.”

    Read more
  • Director General meets CEO of the GEF
    Director General meets CEO of the GEF

    STOCKHOLM, 2 June 2022 - At the Stockholm+50 conference, Director General Gerd Müller met Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, CEO of the Global Environment Facility, the largest multilateral trust fund supporting environmental action in developing countries and the main financing mechanism for multiple United Nations environmental conventions.

    Read more
  • Director General meets Germany’s Environment Minister Steffi Lemke
    Director General meets Germany’s Environment Minister Steffi Lemke

    STOCKHOLM, 2 June 2022 - At the opening of the Stockholm+50 conference, Director General Gerd Müller met Steffi Lemke, Germany’s Environment Minister.

    Read more
  • Director General meets CEO of Moroccan phosphate and fertilizer giant
    Director General meets CEO of Moroccan phosphate and fertilizer giant

    VIENNA, 31 May 2022 - The Director General met Mostafa Terrab, Chairman and CEO of the OCP Group, a Moroccan state-owned company that mines phosphate, manufacturers phosphoric acid and produces fertilizer.

    Read more
  • Director General’s dialogue with the Eastern European Group
    Director General’s dialogue with the Eastern European Group

    VIENNA, 25 May 2022 – UNIDO Director General Gerd Müller addressed the Organization’s Eastern European Group of Member States, highlighting the need for scaled-up cooperation with the private sector to bring the region forward: one of UNIDO’s top goals is getting more partners on board to intensify investment and bring development work to a new level.

    Read more
  • UNIDO, Morocco working together on vocational training and skills
    UNIDO, Morocco working together on vocational training and skills

    CASABLANCA, 17 May 2022 – Globalization and the transition to a green and digital economy are driving demand for workers with new skills and different types of expertise. UNIDO supports high-quality vocational training delivery and is promoting more public-private partnerships to achieve this. It also works on skills development to meet demand and help create jobs.

    Read more
  • Sustainable energy for all: UNIDO head says we have the solutions, let’s act now!
    Sustainable energy for all: UNIDO head says we have the solutions, let’s act now!

    KIGALI, 19 May 2022 – “It is urgent that we act on climate change now! Floods, droughts, wildfires and hurricanes are a clear sign. The reports of the IPCC are clear. We need joint action at a higher speed and scale to meet the challenges of our times and avoid a catastrophe in the future,” said Gerd Müller, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), addressing the opening plenary on day three of the 2022 Sustainable Energy for All Forum (SE4ALL) in Kigali, Rwanda.

    Read more
  • UNIDO and Morocco reinforce partnership to drive green industrial development
    UNIDO and Morocco reinforce partnership to drive green industrial development

    RABAT, 16 May 2022 – Gerd Müller, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), is making an official visit to the Kingdom of Morocco to discuss future cooperation between UNIDO and Morocco.

    Read more
  • Gerd Müller named GREEN BRANDS German personality of the year 2021
    Gerd Müller named GREEN BRANDS German personality of the year 2021

    NUREMBERG, 17 May 2022 - For his many efforts to combat hunger and climate change, and for protecting the environment, Gerd Müller has been named GREEN BRANDS German personality 2021.

    Read more
  • Director General at the UN Chief Executives Board meeting
    Director General at the UN Chief Executives Board meeting

    VIENNA, 12 May 2022 - The Director General is participating in the spring session of the UN Chief Executives Board (CEB), which brings together the heads of thirty UN entities.

    Read more
  • Director General meets Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner for International Partnerships
    Director General meets Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner for International Partnerships

    VIENNA, 11 May 2022 - The Director General met Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner for International Partnerships, to discuss further cooperation between UNIDO and the Directorate-General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA). The DG INTPA is responsible for formulating the European Union’s

    Read more
  • “Progress by innovation”: Director General engages with the Secretary-General of the United Nations
    “Progress by innovation”: Director General engages with the Secretary-General of the United Nations

    VIENNA, 11 May 2022 – The Director General, Gerd Müller, met António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, during his visit to Austria to attend the first regular session of the 2022 Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) meeting .

    Read more
  • Director General participates in the UNSDG Principals’ Meeting, chaired by Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
    Director General participates in the UNSDG Principals’ Meeting, chaired by Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

    VIENNA, 11 May 2022 – The Director General, Gerd Müller, met Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG), on the margins of the UNSDG Principals’ Meeting in Vienna.

    Read more
  • Director General meets Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP
    Director General meets Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP

    VIENNA, 11 May 2022 - The Director General, Gerd Müller met Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). He congratulated UNEP for making history with its Member State agreement to start negotiations on an international, legally binding instrument on plastic pollution.

    Read more
  • Transforming commitments into action: UNIDO Director General addresses UN-Energy meeting
    Transforming commitments into action: UNIDO Director General addresses UN-Energy meeting

    NEW YORK, 4 May 2022 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is ready to work with partners to promote energy transition solutions, including the development of green hydrogen to decarbonize critical industries such as steel and cement.

    Read more
  • UNIDO Director General meets government of Hungary representatives, discusses strategic cooperation and potential joint initiatives
    UNIDO Director General meets government of Hungary representatives, discusses strategic cooperation and potential joint initiatives

    BUDAPEST, 19 April 2022 – During an official visit, Gerd Müller, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), met with government officials in Budapest to discuss avenues for further expanding cooperation between UNIDO and Hungary. The Director General m

    Read more
  • Director General meets Eni’s Head of Sustainable Development
    Director General meets Eni’s Head of Sustainable Development

    VIENNA, 14 April 2022 – Today, UNIDO Director General Gerd Müller met with Alberto Piatti, Head of Sustainable Development at energy firm Eni, and Ambassador Alessandro Cortese, Italy’s Permanent Representative to UNIDO. Eni’s business model aims for long-term carbon neutrality and building alliances for local development - the kind of private sector partner UNIDO depends on to realize its goals.

    Read more
  • Director General’s dialogue with the Asia-Pacific Group
    Director General’s dialogue with the Asia-Pacific Group

    Vienna, 13 April 2022 – During a briefing with UNIDO’s Asia-Pacific Member States, DG Gerd Müller highlighted that scaled-up cooperation with the private sector is necessary to bring the region forward: One of UNIDO’s top goals is getting more partners on board to intensify investment and bring development work there to a new level.

    Read more
  • Director General’s dialogue with the Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
    Director General’s dialogue with the Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

    VIENNA, 13 April 2022 – UNIDO Director General Gerd Müller held a dialogue with the Organization’s Member States of the Western European and Others Group and called on them to scale up their efforts in knowledge and technology transfer from industrialized countries to the rest of the world to facilitate economic and social development that would be beneficial to everyone involved.

    Read more
  • Director General’s dialogue with the African Group
    Director General’s dialogue with the African Group

    VIENNA, 13 April 2022 – Addressing UNIDO’s African Member States, Director General Gerd Müller emphasized his belief that despite the many challenges facing the continent, there are great opportunities for building a bright, innovative future based on developing the continent’s vast potential.

    Read more
  • Director General’s dialogue with the Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC)
    Director General’s dialogue with the Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC)

    VIENNA, 12 April 2022 – DG Gerd Müller addressed UNIDO’s Member States from Latin America and the Caribbean and expressed the Organization’s commitment to further increase knowledge-transfer and investment in the region.

    Read more
  • Results of the “Employment Satisfaction Survey 2022” presented to Director General Gerd Müller
    Results of the “Employment Satisfaction Survey 2022” presented to Director General Gerd Müller

    VIENNA, 12 April 2022 - UNIDO Director General Gerd Müller thanked the new Staff Council president, Mr. Steven-Geoffrey Eales, for presenting the results of the  “Employment Satisfaction Survey 2022” to the Leadership Meeting.

    Read more
  • Director General and EU Commissioner for Energy commit to boost green energy
    Director General and EU Commissioner for Energy commit to boost green energy

    VIENNA, 12 April 2022 - UNIDO Director General Gerd Müller and European Union Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson today agreed to further cooperation on green energy.

    Read more
  • Director General meets Luxembourg's Minister of the Economy, Development Cooperation & Humanitarian Affairs
    Director General meets Luxembourg's Minister of the Economy, Development Cooperation & Humanitarian Affairs

    VIENNA, 6 April 2022 - Gerd Müller, UNIDO Director General, has held discussions with Franz Fayot, Luxembourg's Minister of the Economy, Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs. The two discussed their common goal of promoting sustainable growth to eradicate poverty, and Luxembourg's potent

    Read more
  • Director General meets VDMA President to discuss matters on Industry 4.0
    Director General meets VDMA President to discuss matters on Industry 4.0

    VIENNA, 31 March 2022 - Director General Gerd Müller and the President of the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA), Karl Haeusgen, discussed new possibilities for cooperation between UNIDO and VDMA. Topics addressed included climate-neutra

    Read more
  • Director General meets EU partners in Brussels to strengthen the cooperation between UNIDO and the European Union
    Director General meets EU partners in Brussels to strengthen the cooperation between UNIDO and the European Union

    BRUSSELS, 23 March 2022 – During his mission to Brussels, the UNIDO Director General, Gerd Müller, was invited to address the Development Committee of the European Parliament (DEVE).

    Read more
  • UNIDO and European Investment Bank to enhance cooperation on promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development
    UNIDO and European Investment Bank to enhance cooperation on promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development

    LUXEMBOURG, 23 March 2022 - Meeting at the EIB’s headquarters in Luxembourg, Gerd Müller, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), have signed a Joint Declaration to enhance cooperation rela

    Read more
  • Director General discusses industrial development cooperation with the Ambassador of Israel
    Director General discusses industrial development cooperation with the Ambassador of Israel

    VIENNA, 18 March 2022 - The UNIDO Director General, Gerd Müller, met with Mordechai Rodgold, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Israel to the International Organizations in Vienna.  Together they explored options on how to foster cooperation between UNIDO and

    Read more

 

Credential Meetings

 

official meetings