New Development Minister

Development policy is all about peace and the future – Federal Minister Gerd Müller takes office

20.12.2013 |

Bonn – Having been appointed and sworn into office in Berlin, the Federal Minister for Economic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment, Dr Gerd Müller, visited the Ministry's headquarters in Bonn, introducing himself to staff there.

Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dr Gerd Müller. Copyright: Gerd Müller / HeimhuberIn his address, the Federal Minister for Economic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment said, "De­vel­op­ment policy is a policy for the future and for peace. In our work for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, we are fully aware of our global re­spon­si­bil­i­ty. The challenges involved are huge. Almost one billion people throughout the world still suffer from hunger. The world's popu­la­tion is continuing to grow. We have the knowledge and expertise to solve these challenges to the survival of humankind. The Coalition Agreement has charted the course. Fostering sus­tain­able ag­ri­cul­ture in our partner coun­tries is an essential part of the effort to effectively address global hunger. Other crucial issues are economic growth and employment, climate action and the protection of global public goods, peacebuilding, education and health care. In all this, my politics are rooted in Christian re­spon­si­bil­i­ty."

The focus is on achieving the Millennium De­vel­op­ment Goals. 2015 will be a watershed year for de­vel­op­ment policy with negotiations on new in­ter­national de­vel­op­ment and sustainability goals.

"De­vel­op­ment policy is about nothing less than shaping our global future and safeguarding creation," said Minister Müller. "The BMZ is a key actor in in­ter­national co­op­er­a­tion. It manages the German government's second-largest investment budget and has a lot of power to move things. The Coalition Agreement envisages an additional two billion euros for de­vel­op­ment policy."

Minister Müller has announced an intensive dialogue that is to lead to a charter for the future and will involve all de­vel­op­ment actors.

The CVs and press photos of the new Federal Minister, Dr Gerd Müller, and the two Parliamentary State Secretaries Christian Schmidt and Hans-Joachim Fuchtel are available on the BMZ website (

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