In 2015, the international community agreed on goals for sustainable development – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This has given the world a vision that sets the course for development and transformation policies for the entire planet. This has laid the foundations that will help us reconcile economic development with social justice and environmental sustainability worldwide.

Dr. Dietrich is the Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He is responsible for the BMZ’s position in the national and international processes on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He coordinates work at the BMZ on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development across directorates-general. His area of responsibility also includes efforts to reduce poverty and inequality.

His tasks include further developing Germany’s development policy and aligning it with the goals for sustainable development, further developing and implementing the Federal government’s strategy for sustainable development and supporting the partner countries of German development cooperation in their efforts to align their national policies with the 2030 Agenda and monitor implementation progress. Contact and exchange with lobby organizations, the private sector, civil society and national/international academia constitutes a significant aspect of this work.

Before he became Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Dr. Dietrich headed the Directorate for climate, poverty reduction, sectoral policies and Latin America. He was responsible for sector policy guidelines to guide the BMZ’s development policy and for the BMZ’s involvement in numerous global initiatives and programs. Prior to that, he was the head of the Southern Africa Division for five years.

Dr. Dietrich studied agricultural science at Munich Technical University and Berlin Technical University. He holds a doctorate in agricultural economics from Munich Technical University.