About Franz Marré

Born 1956 in Bogotá, Colombia, Franz Marré joined the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in 1989 after having studied Law in Bonn. Since 2014 he is head of the division responsible for Water, Urban Development and Transport which also includes Waste Management and cross-sectoral issues (the “Nexus”). Before, he headed the BMZ Infrastructure Division. Prior positions in the BMZ included the Southeast Asia section (a.o. coordination of the German Post-Tsunami reconstruction assistance in the Indian Ocean), the Organisation division, the Latin America desk (desk officer for Peru, Ecuador and Colombia) and private sector cooperation. He was posted in Washington, D.C. at the Interamerican Development Bank in 1991-1992 and served as Development Counsellor at the German Embassy in Pretoria from 1994 to 1998. Franz Marré is married and has three children.

Heading for Kuala Lumpur: The challenge of implementing Sustainable Urban Solutions

By |2024-01-02T14:55:58+01:00January 30th 2018|

In less than a week, the 9th session of the World Urban Forum, the largest international stakeholder gathering of passionate urbanists, will kick off in Malaysia. Franz Marré looks ahead and shows why WUF9 is an important platform for strategic discussion and arena for innovation.

Habitat Reform – Business as usual will yield results as usual

By |2023-12-19T15:17:26+01:00September 1st 2017|

Next week, the two-day high-level meeting of the General Assembly on UN-Habitat will take place in New York. Member states of the United Nations will gather there and discuss future reform steps for UN-Habitat. Franz Marré provides some thought-provoking reflections on the reforms proposed by the high-level panel and says that business as usual is not an option.

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