Robert Muller : biography
Robert Muller (March 11, 1923 – September 20, 2010) was an international civil servant with the United Nations. Assistant Secretary-General for 40 years, his ideas about world government, world peace and spirituality led to the increased representation of religions in the UN, especially of New Age Movement. He was known by some as "the philosopher of the United Nations".. Star-News. March 17, 1993.
Honors and awards
- UNESCO Prize for Peace Education in 1989
- Albert Schweitzer International Prize for the Humanities in 1993
- Eleanor Roosevelt Man of Vision Award in 1994
- Muller was also a member of the Advisory Council of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and received the Foundation’s World Citizenship Award in 2002., Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
- Goi Peace Award 2003, GOI Peace Foundation
- Honored by the New York Open Center in 2005 for his "Lifetime Dedication to World Peace and Global Education".
Early life and education
Born in Belgium, Robert Muller grew up in the Alsace-Lorraine region in France as a French citizen. Alsace-Lorraine borders Germany. As a child his home was on the border. The border issues he saw as a child had a significant impact on his life, his decision to work at the United Nations and his co-founding of the University for Peace in Costa Rica. During his youth Robert Muller experienced constant political and cultural turmoil. He knew the horrors of World War II, of being a refugee, of the Nazi occupation in France, imprisonment and escape from prison. During the war he was a member of the French Resistance where towards the end of the war he unsuccessfully tried to prevent the slaughter a group of captured German soldiers. This was a major life event that led to work for peace..Ode Magazine. January 21, 2007.. Spokane Daily Chronicle. October 25, 1976. After the war he returned home and earned a Doctorate of Law from the University of Strasbourg. In 1948 he entered and won an essay contest on how to govern the world, the prize of which was an internship at the newly created United Nations.
Dr. Muller began working at the United Nations just as it was forming. He devoted the next 40 years of his life behind the scenes at the United Nations focusing his energies on nurturing a better world, including working for the environment, economics and peace. He was instrumental in the conception of many multilateral bodies, including the UN Development Program, the World Food Program, the UN Population Fund, and the World Youth Assembly. He rose through the ranks at the UN to the official position of Assistant-Secretary-General and served under three Secretary Generals.
Robert Muller created a "World Core Curriculum" that earned him the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education in 1989.UNESCO Prize for Peace Education The "World Core Curriculum" helped inspire the growing Global Education movement. More than 30 Robert Muller schools were founded throughout the world, including LIFE School in Panajachel, Guatemala whereupon students have gone on to pursue degrees in International Affairs.
Robert Muller and Rodrigo Carazo Odio founded the University for Peace in demilitarized Costa Rica around the time Robert retired from the United Nations. Dr. Muller began his active retirement as the first Chancellor of the University for Peace.
He is the recipient of multiple awards and honors including the Albert Schweitzer International Prize for the Humanities Star-News. March 17, 1993http://randall3.uncw.edu/ascod/createpdfsc.php?id=269 and the Eleanor Roosevelt Man of Vision Award.
In addition to his duties at the University for Peace, he devoted time to his writings and was an internationally acclaimed, multilingual speaker The hour. November 25, 1985 The Spokesman-Review. September 15, 1976 and author of fourteen books published in various languages. One of his major writings came from writing one idea-dream each day for nurturing a better world. His goal was to have written 2000 ideas and dreams by the beginning of the new millennium. He achieved this and went on to write over 7000 ideas and dreams. In his speeches he spoke of these idea-dreams and over the years noted that many of these ideas were being worked on and some had been completed.
At the prompting of many of his friends, admirers and non-governmental organizations Robert Muller was a candidate as a global citizen in 1996 for the post of Secretary General of the United Nations. New Straits Times. May 30, 1996 He was also nominated multiple times for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Robert Muller died September 20, 2010.