Axel was the embodiment of an international civil servant. During his 31 years with the United Nations he
served with distinction in Bonn, Athens and in Vienna, where he was based as former Director of the United
Nations Information Service.
His colleagues remember his sharp intellect, his charm and his encyclopaedic knowledge of all things United
Nations. The UN Information Service continued to draw on that knowledge long after Axel retired.
Axel was the author of numerous articles and contributions to books on the United Nations and was a lecturer
on UN affairs at the Universities of Linz and Salzburg, Austria. He was also a member of various professional
associations such as the Foreign Policy and United Nations Association of Austria, the Academic Council on
the United Nations System (ACUNS), and the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA).
All who knew him and worked with him in the Climate Change negotiations remember him with admiration and