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About UNICEF

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. 

Supplies are essential to fulfil children’s rights.  Supporting child survival and development programmes around the world, UNICEF-procured supplies are critical in providing for children’s health, education and protecting them from abuse, exploitation, and neglect.  UNICEF’s Supply Catalogue contains specifications for over 2,000 commodities that respond to the needs of children and their families

In 2014, UNICEF procured $3.38 billion worth of supplies and services from all over the world, ensuring high quality and good value through fair and open procurement.  As well as supporting UNICEF’s ongoing programmatic activities, the Supply function provides rapid supply response to emergencies. UNICEF also procures and supplies essential commodities on behalf of governments and other partners. These procurement services also include in-country logistics, capacity building, and project management.

Ensuring the global availability of essential supplies through influencing markets for lifesaving commodities such as vaccines, essential medicines and health products, and implementing a range of supply chain models to ensure these supplies are delivered to children, are two overarching strategies.

 

Information for suppliers and service providers

UNICEF maintains the highest level of integrity in its procurement activities. The organization evaluates and registers suppliers with which it does business. It also ensures that all potential suppliers are subject to the same conditions and that information received is confidential.  Information on key commodities, large contract awards, and top supplier countries can be found in the Supply Annual Report 2014.

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