United Nations Development Agencies
The UN operates numerous agencies that support social and economic development around the world. These agencies cover every sector from agriculture to sustainable energy and procure very large quantities of goods and services each year. Almost all their development programs are delivered by UN country offices and are often implemented by national authorities in the recipient country.
All UN aid is untied. Procurement notices for most UN projects are posted at the UN Global Marketplace (UNGM) and in UN Development Business. Many UN country and regional offices also have procurement sections on their websites.
The major UN development agencies are the following:
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
- International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)
- International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
- International Labour Organization (ILO)
- United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- United Nations Procurement Division (UNPD)
- United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
The UNDP designs, funds and implements technical cooperation and capacity-building projects in developing and transitional countries. While the UNDP's headquarters is in New York, the responsibility for procurement is decentralized to the level of the country offices. General information on UNDP procurement is available on the Procurement at UNDP website. Current procurement notices are posted on the Procurement Notices website.
The FAO's goal is to achieve food security for the world's people by raising levels of nutrition, improving agricultural productivity, bettering the lives of rural populations and contributing to the growth of the world economy. FAO procurement focuses on machinery, on agricultural, forestry and fishery products, and on services related to technical studies, construction, and the dissemination of information. For detailed information about becoming an FAO supplier, refer to the Procurement section of the agency's website.
The IAEA focuses on nuclear safeguards and verification, research into nuclear safety and security, and peaceful applications of nuclear technology. Typical contracts cover computer and office equipment and supplies, specialized equipment for nuclear safeguards operations, and a wide range of nuclear, radiation detection, laboratory and field project equipment. For more information about becoming an IAEA supplier, refer to the Business Opportunities and Procurement Notices section of the agency's website.
A specialized agency of the UN, ICAO promotes the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world. For information about becoming an ICAO supplier, refer to the Procurement Section page of the ICAO website.
IFAD is dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries. Procurement of goods and services for IFAD's headquarters operations is carried out by the agency's Procurement Section in Rome. Vendors wishing to do business with IFAD are required to register through the United Nations Global Marketplace portal.
The ILO is responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards. For information about becoming an ILO supplier, refer to the Procurement section of the ILO website.
UNESCO's objectives are to promote quality education and lifelong learning for the world's people. For information about becoming a UNESCO supplier, refer to the Procurement section of the UNESCO website.
UNPD is the central purchasing service for UN Headquarters Departments. For general information about UNPD procurement and business opportunities, visit the Supplier Resources page for details about Vendor Registration to be a UNPD supplier.
An independent procurement resource within the UN system, UNOPS provides a range of support services to UN organizations, international financial institutions and non-governmental agencies. UNOPS purchases about USD800 million worth of goods, works and services each year. For detailed information, refer to the What we procure and the How to supply to us sections, of the agency website.
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