Ulrich Graute

                                                              

Ulrich Graute

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).


Summary CV

2017 - 19    Senior consultant at UN-Habitat's Urban Planning and Design Branch, Regional and Metropolitan Planning Unit at the United Nations Headquarters in Africa in Nairobi, Kenya and since April 2019 from Berlin, Germany
 
2014 -          Berlin based senior consultant with a broad international portfolio:
German Development Cooperation / Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
UN Habitat/UNON
City of Berlin
Cities Alliance/UNOPS
 
2008 - 13     UNITED NATIONS Secretariat, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Division for Public Administration and Management Development (DPADM)
Senior Adviser / Interregional Adviser
 
2006 – 08     EUROPEAN UNION Community Initiative INTERREG III B CADSES
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
 
1993 – 02     INSTITUTE OF ECOLOGICAL AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, Dresden
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
 
1991 – 92     STATE CHANCELLERY OF THE FREE STATE OF SAXONY (SACHSEN), Dresden
Founding Director (Kommissarischer Leiter) of the Saxon State Centre for Political Education in the portfolio of the State Chancellery
 
1989 – 91    STATE CENTRE FOR POLITICAL EDUCATION BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG, Stuttgart and its office in Dresden

 

Local Authorities Acting Globally for Sustainable Development

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.

地方政府为了可持续发展的全球运作,区域研究。 2015 年,会员国採取了十七项可持续发展目标 (SDGs), 并致力于 2016 年的第三届人类住居大会(Habitat III)中採取一项新城市议程。相关的跨政府进程之目标,则在于追求实质的效益,以影响地方层级的可持续发展。儘管两造进程皆与地方发展高度相关,但地方政府和其他主要利害团体,将尽以观察者的身分进行参与。本文分析为何联合国虽然认识到城市的相关性,但却未改变观察者的身份。本文主张,此般方式或许会对目标的达成带来负面的影响。本文建议进一步强化地方政府的声音,以增加 SDG 实施的多重层级治理之问题解决能力。
 
Agir globalement en faveur du développement durable: le rôle des administrations locales, Regional Studies. En 2015, les pays-membres ont adopté 17 objectifs en faveur du développement durable (Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs) et visent à adopter un nouveau programme des villes (New Urban Agenda) sous l’égide de la conférence Habitat III prévue en 2016. Des processus intergouvernementaux y associés envisagent des bénéfices substantiels qui auront un impact sur le développement durable à l’échelle locale. Malgré la grande pertinence des deux processus pour ce qui est du développement local, les administrations locales et d’autres grands groupes de parties prenantes n’agiront qu’à titre d’observateurs. Cet article analyse pourquoi les Nations unies reconnaissent la pertinence des grandes villes sans remplacer le statut d’observateur. L’article prétend que l’approche pourrait avoir un impact négatif sur la réalisation des objectifs. On suppose qu’il faut renforcer la voix des administrations locales afin d’augmenter la capacité à trouver des solutions de la gouvernance multiniveaux quant à la mise en oeuvre des SDG.
 
Global agierende Gemeinden für nachhaltige Entwicklung, Regional Studies. Im Jahr 2015 verabschiedeten die Mitgliedstaaten 17 nachhaltige Entwicklungsziele und vereinbarten für die Habitat III von 2016 das Ziel einer neuen Stadtagenda. Mit den zugehörigen zwischenstaatlichen Prozessen wird das Ziel einer umfassenden Förderung der nachhaltigen Entwicklung auf lokaler Ebene verfolgt. Trotz der hohen Relevanz beider Prozesse für die lokale Entwicklung treten Gemeinden und andere wichtige betroffene Gruppen nur als Beobachter auf. In diesem Beitrag wird untersucht, warum die Vereinten Nationen die Relevanz von Städten anerkennen, aber nicht den Beobachterstatus ändern. Es wird die These aufgestellt, dass sich der Ansatz negativ auf die Verwirklichung der Ziele auswirken kann. Zugleich wird vorgeschlagen, die Stimme der Gemeinden weiter zu stärken, um die Kapazität zur Problemlösung durch eine mehrstufige Politikgestaltung bei der Umsetzung der nachhaltigen Entwicklungsziele zu erhöhen.
 
Autoridades locales activas globalmente para un desarrollo sostenible, Regional Studies. En 2015 los Estados miembros adoptaron 17 objetivos de desarrollo sostenible (ODS) con la finalidad de crear un Nuevo Programa Urbano en la cumbre Habitat III en 2016. El objetivo de los procesos intergubernamentales relacionados es conseguir beneficios sustanciales que tengan un efecto en el desarrollo sostenible a nivel local. Pese a la alta relevancia de ambos procesos para el desarrollo local, las autoridades locales y otros grupos importantes de interés actuarán solo como observadores. En este artículo se analiza por qué Naciones Unidas reconoce la importancia de las ciudades, pero no cambia el carácter observador. En tal sentido, se manifiesta que este enfoque podría tener un impacto negativo en la realización de los objetivos. Asimismo se propone reforzar aún más la voz de las autoridades locales para aumentar la capacidad de resolver problemas mediante la gobernanza a varios niveles para la aplicación de los objetivos de desarrollo sostenible.