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UN Aid Agencies

The following UN humanitarian aid agencies are among the first responders when natural disasters, conflicts and other major emergencies occur around the world. They are also crucial to preparing for such catastrophic events. They usually implement their programs and projects directly, although some projects may be carried out under UN auspices by local civil societies or government departments.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

OCHA coordinates the delivery of basic non-food and non-medical relief goods to locations experiencing humanitarian emergencies. To procure goods and services for its own organizational needs, the Geneva OCHA office depends on the Purchase and Transportation Section of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). For procurement and vendor registration information, refer to the Procurement section of the UNOG website.

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

UNFPA's goals are to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health by promoting reproductive rights, reducing maternal mortality, advocating for human rights and gender equality, and promoting the understanding of population dynamics. Vendors wishing to do business with the agency should register to do so through the United Nations Global Marketplace (UNGM). Vendors can also subscribe to the UNGM Tender Alert service, which sends targeted procurement notices directly to their companies.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

UNHCR provides assistance to refugees and helps them reintegrate into their home country or third countries. Most of UNHCR's work involves ensuring a basic supply of shelter, food, water and medical care to displaced people. UNHCR's Supply Management Service in Geneva looks after most of the agency's international procurement. For detailed information about becoming a UNHCR supplier, refer to Doing Business with UNHCR.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF is involved in the protection of children, especially in times of crisis. It procures vaccines, essential medicines, antiretrovirals, micronutrients, educational supplies, and water and sanitation equipment for local communities. It also designs programs to increase child and youth access to safe water, education, life skills and nutrition. For detailed information about becoming a supplier, refer to the Supplies and Logistics section of the UNICEF website, and in particular to the For suppliers and service providers pages.

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

PAHO was established to improve health and living standards and to respond to disasters in the Americas. PAHO also serves as the World Health Organization's regional office for the Americas. For details on becoming a supplier, refer to the Procurement section of the PAHO website.

World Food Programme (WFP)

WFP is the front line UN agency mandated to combat global hunger. Suppliers wishing to do business with the agency should register with the United Nations Global Marketplace (UNGM). For detailed information about becoming a supplier, refer to the Procurement section of the WFP's website.

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO is the UN's directing and coordinating authority for health. Vendors wishing to sell goods and services to WHO should register through the United Nations Global Marketplace (UNGM). Vendors can also subscribe to the UNGM Tender Alert service, which sends targeted procurement notices directly to their companies.

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