UN procurement experts report increased health spending in 2013

Date: 
Monday, July 21, 2014 - 12:00

Global | UNOPS

UN personnel bought $16.1 billion worth of life-saving goods and services last year, according to a new report. The largest sums were spent on pharmaceuticals, healthcare services, medical equipment, transportation, construction and food.

The report shows a continuing positive increase in UN procurement from developing countries and countries with economies in transition over the last ten years, which currently represents over 60 percent of total UN procurement. From 2009 to 2013, procurement from these countries increased by more than $2 billion.

The 2013 Annual Statistical Report on UN Procurement was compiled by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) on behalf of the UN system and will be formally submitted to Member States in September.

UN procurement experts reportThe report includes a revised set of sustainability indicators, allowing for an improved understanding of UN system performance in sustainable procurement implementation. The data reveals that UN organizations are actively promoting sustainable procurement, with 24 organizations implementing a range of initiatives such as training and support for sustainability integration in the procurement process. The report also provides data on suppliers that support the United Nations Global Compact, which promotes corporate social responsibility, particularly in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. The volume of procurement with registered Global Compact members has grown steadily over the last five years, reaching 27 percent of contracts of $30,000 or more in 2013, up 11 percent since 2009.

The report shows that the largest purchasers overall were the United Nations Procurement Division (UN/PD), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Food Programme (WFP), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNOPS, in descending order. Among the ten major countries to supply UN organizations in 2013, four were developing countries and countries with economies in transition – India, Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates and Kenya. Overall, the three largest countries of supply were the United States of America, accounting for $1.7 billion, followed by India at $1 billion and Switzerland at $716.6 million.

The full report can be downloaded on the UNOPS website and the United Nations Global Marketplace (UNGM).