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The UN System and UNDB


UN System


Total procurement of goods and services for operational activities of the UN system


The total procurement volume of United Nations organizations reporting in the 2018 ASR reached $18.8 billion – an increase of 0.9 per cent, or $162 million, compared to 2017. Goods increased by $259 million (or 2.9 per cent), while services decreased by $96 million (or 1.0 per cent). The trend of procurement for the last 10 years is shown in Figure 1.

Thirty-nine organizations reported in 2018, compared to forty in 2017, as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which reported $272 million of procurement in 2017, was unable to report its procurement data for 2018. When considering only the 39 organizations that reported in both 2017 and 2018, the total procurement volume increased by 2.4 per cent, or $434 million.

For each year since 2013, there are 33 UN organizations that have consistently reported procurement for the ASR. The organizations have increased their combined procurement volume over the period by 11.2 per cent, from $16.1 billion in 2013 to $17.9 billion in 2018.


UN Business Guidelines


"Initially developed in 2000 as a common framework for UN-Business collaboration, the Guidelines on a Principle-based Approach to the Cooperation between the United Nations and the Business Sector apply to the UN Secretariat as well as separately administered organs, Funds and Programmes."