Switzerland’s Special Envoy

Portrait Michael Gerber
Michael Gerber © SDC

In autumn 2012, the Federal Council appointed Michael Gerber as Ambassador and Special Envoy to represent Swiss Confederation in the international negotiations and bodies with respect to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  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.


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Exclusive interview with Michael Gerber, Diaspora TV Switzerland,1.9.2017 (en)

«A GLOBAL COMPACT FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: Business and the SDGs», Keynote Speech of Michael Gerber at Global Compact Annual session, Basel, 22.6.2017 (en)

«Water for all: The SDGs and Switzerland», Keynote speech by Michael Gerber at 12th eco.naturkongress 31.3.2017 (de)

Interview by «Fair unterwegs» with Michael Gerber 25.5.2016 (de)

«Education – Cornerstone and mainspring for sustainable development» Article by Michael Gerber in «Ventuno» 3. 2016 (de)

«The 2030 Agende for Sustainable Development», Article by Michael Gerber for Medicus Mundi Switzerland, February 2016 (de)

«The new goals for sustainable development: Challenges and opportunities for the private sector», Keynote speech by Michael Gerber at the «Forum für Universität und Gesellschaft», University of Bern,16.1.2016, Presentation

Interview by Credit Suisse with Michael Gerber on the Sustainable Development Goals, 23.11.2015 (de) 

«Without the private sector, it won’t be possible», Echo der Zeit, Radio commentary by Michael Gerber on the financing of the SDGs (SRF) 15.10.2015 (de) 

«The goals are ambitious indeed», Interview with Michael Gerber, 21.9.2015 (de)

More and ‚better‘ money», Article by Michael Gerber in the «Neue Zürcher Zeitung» 20.7.15 (de)

«Switzerland helps shape the new UN goals on sustainable development», Article by Michael Gerber in «Die Volkswirtschaft»/«La vie économique» 24.6.2015 (de,fr)

«Terms of reference for a better world», Article in the „Berner Zeitung» 14.6.2015 (de)

«Financing the SDGs: Global vs. Local Public Goods», Article by Michael Gerber in «International Development Policy» 6.2.2015

Switzerland’s role in negotiations for a new development agenda: building bridges, influencing outcomes, offering concrete proposals, interview 25.9.2014