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 implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Until the end of October 2015, he headed the BMZ special unit responsible for the Sustainable Development Goals. The adoption of the 2030 Agenda at the summit in late September 2015 was the successful conclusion of a negotiating process that had taken several years. On 1 November 2015, Dr. Dietrich was asked to become the BMZ Commissioner for the Agenda in order to direct the implementation of this global pact for better opportunities and better lives.
Before he became head of the special unit, 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. Before that, he was 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.