Ulrich Graute is a German academic, policy analyst, adviser and trainer living in Berlin supporting institutions, cities, regions and countries in international cooperation for sustainable development! Since more than 30 years, he is nurturing his wealth of analytical and managerial experience on all policy levels from city halls in Germany to regional authorities in Europe and from national governments in Asia to the European Commission in Brussels. He regularly works with Donor Organizations and International Organisations in Africa, Asia, and Europe. His international work experience includes 18 months of work as senior advisor in regional and metropolitan planning at the Headquarters of UN-Habitat in Nairobi, Kenya, and more than five years as senior interregional advisor at the UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs at the Headquarters of the Secretariat for the United Nations in New York, USA.
The most important subject areas of Ulrich Graute's work include
- Supporting UN Member States with respect to their National Development Strategies
- Developing and supporting the implementation of National Urban Policies
- Implementing the International Guidelines for Urban and Territorial Planning IG-UTP
- Providing advisory services to cities, countries and international organizations to further strengthen their international cooperation (e.g. in context of international negotiations and conferences and the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals SDG).
Ulrich Graute is editor, author or co-author of academic books and peer-reviewed articles and contributes as main author to numerous other publications including the UN Handbook on the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning (IGUTP) published in 2018. He wrote the thesis for his PhD on multi-level governance in Europe. Ulrich Graute is Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, AcSS (UK).
Senior Adviser / Interregional Adviser
Director of the Joint Technical Secretariat (JTS) of EU Community Initiative INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Programme for transnational co-operation in the field of territorial development in the Central European, Adriatic, Danubian and South-eastern European Space (CADSES) based in Dresden, Germany
Research fellow in the corporate department
Head of the German Secretariat for the EU Community Initiative INTERREG II C for transnational co-operation in the Central, Adriatic, Danubian and South-eastern European Space
Local authorities acting globally for sustainable development, Regional Studies. Member states adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 and aimed to adopt a New Urban Agenda during Habitat III in 2016. Related intergovernmental processes aim for a substantial benefit to impact sustainable development at the local level. Despite the high relevance of both processes for local development, local authorities and other Major Groups of stakeholders will only act as observers. This paper analyses why the United Nations acknowledges the relevance of cities while not changing the observer status. The paper claims that the approach may have a negative impact on the realization of objectives. It is suggested to strengthen further the voice of local authorities to increase the problem-solving capacity of multilevel governance of the SDG implementation.