• UN Procurement Statistics - from the Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement (ASR)

    The United Nations procures goods and services from suppliers all over the world to support its activities and operations. Procurement statistics have been collected from organizations in the United Nations system and reported together since 1984, through the Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement (ASR). This UN Procurement Data portal provides access to the latest procurement statistics through interactive data dashboards as well as the report itself.

    In addition to providing data on procurement spend, this portal provides information on United Nations organizations' efforts to integrate sustainability considerations into their procurement processes, in the context of the United Nations' continued focus on sustainable development. 

  • The Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement is produced by UNOPS on behalf of the United Nations.
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  • $22.3 billion procured in 2020

    The most recent data available is for the calendar year 2020, when 39 organizations reported a collective $22.3 billion in procurement of goods and services - $2.4 billion or 12 per cent more than the previous year.

  • This procurement was sourced from suppliers in 215 different countries and territories, with growth across all regions. Around 62 per cent of the total, or $13.7 billion, was procured from developing countries, countries with economies in transition and least developed countries (LDCs) in 2020. This included approximately $4.1 billion from LDCs.

  • Health has been the largest procurement sector of the UN system for some time, and during 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic increased its relevance, taking total procurement to $5.5 billion.

    Construction, engineering and science has been the second-largest sector since 2015, and in 2020 it totalled $3.0 billion or 14 per cent of total UN procurement.

  • $2.6 billion procurement and deliveries as part of the COVID-19 response

    For the 2020 ASR, 38 organizations reported procurement of $2.1 billion worth of goods and services related to the COVID-19 response, representing 12 per cent of the total procurement volume of those organizations. A large proportion of this was procured by WHO ($750 million), followed by UNDP and UNOPS, and nearly 60 per cent of this was procured from developing countries, countries with economies in transition and least developed countries. 

    Procurement was spread across a variety of different categories, reflecting the breadth of the UN response. However, Medical equipment was the largest, with a total of $655 million spent by 31 different organizations, followed by Laboratory and testing equipment ($384 million) and IT and communications equipment ($167 million)

    In addition to the $2.1 billion of direct procurement, UNICEF reported that it delivered $537 million worth of goods to 145 countries in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was not possible to report these delivery statistics in the same way as the other organizations, UNICEF COVID-19 deliveries are therefore not included in other procurement statistics related to COVID-19 on this page. For more details see the full report.

  • More detailed analysis can be found in the 2020 report and explored through the interactive data dashboards.