Doing Business with the
United Nations System of Organisations
United Nations is made up of an variety of organisational entities (agencies,
organisations, commissions, programmes, funds, etc), each with a distinct
and separate mandate (covering the political, economic, social, scientific
and technical fields). As a result, each organisation has somewhat differing
needs in terms of the goods and services they require to fulfill their
respective mandates. Each organisation is responsible for its own procurement
requirements, however there are many commonalties in the procurement
process throughout the system.
part of Secretary-General Kofi Annan's reform of the United Nations,
the procurement activities of the UN System have undergone considerable
change in order that the process is not only more efficient and cost
effective, but also to maximize transparency, equity and integrity.
Towards this end, there is ever increasing co-operation and co-ordination
among organizations in the field of procurement.
effective mechanism exists for exchange of pertinent information throughout
the System and there is growing collaboration in the procurement of
common items and services. The UN System has embarked on several new
and innovative initiatives to ensure the provision of comprehensive,
accurate and timely information to member states, the business community
and the general public. In this respect, the Internet is now utilized
by most UN organisations as a primary instrument in the global dissemination
of pertinent information.
With the proliferation of web sites within the UN System it became clear
that there was a need to provide a simple and easy way for users to
access and navigate through the individual sites of the different organisations.
A single portal, http://unbiz.un.int has thus been established to hyperlink
the web sites of all participating UN organisations. This is a new initiative
and it is expected that all the organisations of the UN System will
be included in portal in due course. Each UN organisation will continue
to manage and maintain their individual web sites.
first phase of the initiative will simply provide access to web sites
of the various participating UN organisations, while a subsequent phase
will give users with access to thematic information, such as details
of contract awards, vendor registration, statistics, contacts and upcoming
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