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Regarding the Newly Appointed Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (Statement by Press Secretary YOSHIDA Tomoyuki)

December 28, 2021
  1. On 10 December 2021, Dr. Gerd Müller, former Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, was appointed as the new Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

  2. The Government of Japan welcomes Dr. Müller’s appointment as Director General. He has worked on issues related to economic cooperation for many years, and is well acquainted with matters central to the focus of UNIDO, including food, agriculture, a circular economy, decarbonization and innovation.

  3. Japan is a major donor to UNIDO, which supports the industrialization of developing countries and economies in transition. UNIDO promotes Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID), making active use of the technology and know-how of Japanese companies in many fields to further its work. Japan continues to cooperate with UNIDO on several fronts, including achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), promotion of Human Security, climate change, measures to address marine plastics, and development of Africa, and intends to actively cooperate with Director General Müller.
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