Vision for UNIDO

According to Gerd Müller, UNIDO has a unique mandate: it is the only international organization to have industrial development and the pursuit of SDG 9 at its core. The Director General is passionate about promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID), accelerating achievement of SDG 9, fostering interlinkages with other SDGs and the objectives of the Paris Agreement, and forging a new global alliance for inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

He is honoured to establish UNIDO as a leading UN agency in promoting a green transition and recovery and fostering resilient, inclusive and sustainable industrial development that ensures the survival of humankind and respects planetary boundaries. He also stands for a renewed partnership between developing countries, emerging economies and industrialized countries, especially through a stronger commitment by industrialized countries.

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Latest News

  • Africa at the centre of UNIDO’s Industrialization efforts: UNIDO Director General, Gerd Müller
    Africa at the centre of UNIDO’s Industrialization efforts: UNIDO Director General, Gerd Müller

    The French version of the article is available here.  VIENNA, 12 August 2022 - “Food security in Africa is among the priority areas for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and it is keen to support agro-processing industry and establish agricultural value chains ac

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  • UNIDO Director General calls for a fairer global trade system with binding international standards
    UNIDO Director General calls for a fairer global trade system with binding international standards

    GENEVA, 28 July 2022 – UNIDO Director General Gerd Müller took part in the World Trade Organization’s Eighth Aid for Trade Global Review with the theme “Empowering Connected Sustainable Trade”. In his introductory remarks at the Opening Plenary session, Müller called for a move towards a fairer global trade system, with increased investment in productive capacity in developing and least developed countries.

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  • Enormous opportunities for Africa, says UNIDO DG at “The Africa we Want: Reconfirming the Development of Africa as a Priority to the United Nations System”
    Enormous opportunities for Africa, says UNIDO DG at “The Africa we Want: Reconfirming the Development of Africa as a Priority to the United Nations System”

    NEW YORK, 20 July 2022 - UNIDO plans to build “enormous opportunities” on the African Continent, Gerd Müller said in his remarks at the “Special High-Level Dialogue” of the Presidents of the GA and ECOSOC pivoting around policies and best practices to accelerate Africa’s development (see concept note and UN web TV video).

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  • UNIDO and the Government of Slovenia sign a Roadmap for Cooperation
    UNIDO and the Government of Slovenia sign a Roadmap for Cooperation

    VIENNA, 30 June 2022 – Following the 30th anniversary celebration of Slovenia’s membership to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), UNIDO Director General Gerd Müller and the Slovenian Minister of Economic Development Matjaž Han signed a Roadmap for Cooperation – a framework document outlining the key bilateral cooperation elements, including common objectives, high-potential thematic priorities, and geographical scope for joint activities – that complements the existing Cooperation Agreement.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.”

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Biography

Gerd Müller, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as of 10 December 2021, has had various leadership positions from an early stage in his career. Following his tenure as a Member of the European Parliament, he was appointed Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection in 2005. In 2013, he was appointed Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development in the German Government.

Gerd Müller has many years of experience in the fields of multilateral cooperation, sustainability, sustainable management and innovative agriculture. Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on climate action, the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the Beijing Declaration on Gender Equality are key focus areas of his work.

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Political and professional career

  • Director General of UNIDO

  • Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

  • Governor World Bank
    Commissioner of the Global Commission of Adaptation

  • Vice Minister to the Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection; in charge of international relations, development projects and world food affairs

  • Member of the German Bundestag (Federal Parliament)

  • Member of the European Parliament,
    Member of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly,
    Parliamentary Secretary of the CDU/CSU group

  • Teacher at vocational schools and Policy Officer at the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs