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On this page you will be able to find detailed information on Procurement in the UN system. For example if you use the General Business Guide (GBG) you can read about the different UN agencies, what their activities are and what they procure.

In the Annual Statistical Report (ASR) you can find all the information necessary to get a better understanding of Procurement when you look at it from each agency and country perspective. This is valuable information if you want to do research into your own country, where are you located, what goods and services did you supply to the UN and which UN agencies are most important to your country.

Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement

The Annual Statistical Report provides data on United Nations system procurement of goods and services by country of supply.

For the third year, the Annual Statistical Report on UN Procurement also features a thematic supplement on current issues in procurement. The focus for the 2010 supplement is the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The publication includes articles by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and Special Advisor on MDGs to the UN Secretary-General Jeffery Sachs. The volume also brings together a number of case studies highlighting initiatives where procurement plays a central role in meeting the development goals.

Download The Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement

General Business Guide

Business guide for potential suppliers of goods and services. This 148-page booklet describes the procurement needs and procedures of all UN organizations (with addresses and phone/fax numbers) and indicates the dollar value of goods and services purchased during the year.

ENGLISH (PDF: 1021kb/148 pages)
SPANISH (PDF: 1021kb/148 pages)

Emergency Relief Items Vol. 1
Compendium of Generic Specifications

This compendium lists generic specifications for Telecommunications, Shelter & Housing, Water Supply, Food, Sanitation & Hygiene, Materials Handling and Power Supply.
N.B. this publication was revised in May 2000, as such some of the specifications for technical equipment may be dated and should be used as a broad reference only.

ENGLISH (PDF: 8 MB/268 pages)

Emergency Relief Items Vol. 2
Compendium of Basic Specifications


This compendium lists basic specifications for Medical Supplies and Equipment, Selected Essential Drugs, Guidelines for Drug Donations, Guidelines for the Safe Disposal of Unwanted Pharmaceuticals, The New Emergency Health Kit.
N.B. this publication was revised in July 1999, as such some of the specifications and guidelines may be dated and should be used as a broad reference only.

ENGLISH (PDF: 15 MB/316 pages)