+++ News ticker +++ German cabinet announces Federal Minister Gerd Müller as candidate for top UNIDO post

13 November 2020 | The cabinet has announced Minister Müller as the German candidate to head up the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Cover: The Federal Republic of Germany's candidate for the post of Director General of UNIDO: Dr. Gerd Müller

The Federal Republic of Germany's candidate for the post of Director General of UNIDO: Dr. Gerd Müller

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UNIDO is an im­por­tant part­ner for Ger­many in the sphere of global de­vel­op­ment and for cre­at­ing new jobs in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. The lat­ter is an area of Ger­man de­vel­op­ment pol­icy that has been mas­sively ex­panded in re­cent years, for ex­am­ple with the in­tro­duc­tion of a Spe­cial Ini­tia­tive on Train­ing and Job Cre­ation.

There are a num­ber of other strong con­tenders who have been put for­ward for the elec­tion in No­vem­ber 2021. The trans­par­ent and open can­di­dacy process has now be­gun.

Gerd Müller has many years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the fields of in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment: as a Mem­ber of the Eu­ro­pean Par­lia­ment he held a range of dif­fer­ent posts, in­clud­ing be­ing a mem­ber of the ACP-EU Joint Par­lia­men­tary As­sem­bly. From 2005 to 2013, he held the post of State Sec­re­tary in the Ger­man Fed­eral Min­istry of Food and Agri­cul­ture, fo­cus­ing on global food is­sues and on in­ter­na­tional agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ment pro­jects.

He has been Ger­many's De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter since 2013, a po­si­tion in which he has put a spe­cial em­pha­sis on co­op­er­a­tion with Africa, a world with­out hunger, in­ter­na­tional cli­mate ac­tion, work­ing with the pri­vate sec­tor, and vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing. Most re­cently the BMZ launched an Emer­gency COVID-19 Sup­port Pro­gramme that, in ad­di­tion to mea­sures aimed at di­rectly fight­ing the pan­demic, puts a fo­cus on pro­tect­ing jobs in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. To­day, Ger­many is the sec­ond largest global donor (af­ter the US).