In autumn 2012, the Federal Council appointed Michael Gerber as Ambassador and Special Envoy to prepare Switzerland's position and represent it in the international negotiations and bodies. On 14 January 2015, the Federal Council handed him the mandate to head the Swiss delegations in the intergovernmental negotiations at the UN on the 2030 Agenda, as well as on its financing and implementation in the framework of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.
Previously Michael Gerber has headed the Policy and Analysis Division within the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and was responsible for Switzerland's development programmes in various countries.
Michael Gerber (born 1971) studied political philosophy, history and ethnology at the University of Bern, and completed the post-graduate certificate programme in development studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. He has worked for the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) since 2002.