23.12.2021 After eight years, Gerd Müller resigned from his position as German Development Minister and moved into a new office in Vienna's UN City: Since December 10, he has been Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). In his inaugural speech, Müller outlined the corona pandemic, climate change and hunger in parts of the world as central challenges of our time that could only be mastered with stronger international cooperation. Müller declared it his future task to further develop UNIDO into a “global platform for technology transfer, know-how and digitization” - and thus to make an important contribution to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement. A thematic focus will be on promoting green technologies and renewable energies. Müller succeeds the Chinese financial expert Li Yong, who has headed the organization since 2013.