International Procurement Seminars

  • Below is the list of events held in 2016
    Host Location Date Comments
    Korea Seoul 15-16 March 2016  
    EUPF New York 29 Feb-1 March 2016  
    Spain Geneva 30-31 March 2016  
    Mexico Copenhagen 13-14 April 2016  
    Hungary Budapest 2-3 May 2016 Link to documents
    Netherlands The Hague 25-26 May 2016 Link to documents
    Nordic Countries (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland & Finland) Copenhagen 15-16 June 2016 Link to documents
    Germany in collaboration with other countries Bonn 15-16 Nov 2016 Link to documents
    Poland Warsaw 22-23 Nov 2016 Link to documents
    Spain Madrid

    28 Nov-
    1 Dec 2016

    Link to documents
  • 2. Other UN Business Seminars

    UN HQ events

    Agencies in regional or UN Headquarter (HQ) locations may decide to host business seminars for a specific Member State(s) at their respective locations. These types of events are usually arranged in collaboration with a government institution, on an ad-hoc basis and at the discretion of the agencies based in the particular location. The events are normally either generic or specialised in nature. As the IPS modality (described above) becomes better established, it is expected that single country/generic HQ events will be phased out.

    Below is an overview of UN HQ or regional events:

    Date Location Type Contact
    9-10 April New York City, USA EUPF info@eupf.org
    22-23 April Amman, Jordan Multi-Agency (local representation)  
    TBD Uganda Multi-Agency, generic (local UN representation)  
    November (TBD) Geneva Multi-Agency, specialised (local UN representation)  
    1-2 April New York City, USA





  • 1. International Procurement Seminars (IPS)

    International Procurement Seminars, also known as Multi-Agency Business Seminars, are opportunities for UN Buyers and Vendors to meet in person. Several UN Agencies participate and deliver a brief presentation of their Agency.  The business seminars also allow for one-to-one meetings between UN buyers and vendors.

    In the interests of improving the efficiency, cost-effectiveness and sustainability of UN business seminar activities, the HLCM Procurement Network has been developing a new modality for Multi-Agency Business Seminars. At the 21st session of the Procurement Network, held in Geneva on 22-24 March 2017, the decision was taken to implement the model – International Procurement Seminars (IPS) – which was piloted in Bonn in November 2016. This new model is being applied in the period 2017-2019 and will be fine-tuned based on lessons learned from this pilot period.

    The below document outlines the endorsed IPS concept and describes the submission and evaluation process for proposals to host such events. It is recommended that entities interested in expressing interest in (co)hosting an IPS event familiarise themselves with the content of the document as a first step.

  • IPS Calendar 2018-19
    Year Month Deadline for expressions of interest to host IPS date Hosted by Location Contact Access the documents
    2018 April 31 October 2017 n/a n/a n/a    
      June 31 October 2017 26-27 June 2018 Belgium, France, Germany, Austria UN City, Copenhagen

    Click here for details

    Click here for the documents
      November 31 March 2018 12-13 Nov 2018 The Nordic Countries UN City, Copenhagen louhar@um.dk Click here for the documents
    2019 May 31 August 2018 16-17 May 2019 Italy, Israel, Malta EXCO 2019, Rome, Italy UNProcurementSeminar2019 <unprocurementseminar2019@ice.it>  
      June 31 October 2018 12-13 June 2019 UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Slovenia UN City, Copenhagen


      November 31 March 2019 19-20 Nov 2019 Argentina Buenos Aires TBD  


  • To Express Interest in Hosting an IPS

    Government Institutional Organisations interested in hosting an IPS are kindly asked to complete and submit the below form by the deadline specified in the above calendar.

    Should you have any queries, please contact the HLCM-PN Secretariat, Ms. Kerry Kassow, email: kerry.kassow@undp.org.

  • Hosting an IPS at UN City, Copenhagen

    Should your organisation be interested in hosting an IPS at UN City, Copenhagen, please see the below general price lists for use of facilities. If you would like to check availability of meeting facilities at UN City in advance of submitting your proposal (recommended), please contact the HLCM-PN Secretariat, Ms. Kerry Kassow on kerry.kassow@undp.org.

  • Single-Agency Events

    UN agencies occasionally organise or participate in business events alone (although they may invite other relevant agencies to join). Below you will find a calendar and details of such events.

    Date Organiser Location Topic Other agencies participating More details
    5-6 Oct 2017 UNICEF Copenhagen

    UNICEF 2017 Vaccine Industry Consultation

    WHO Click here


  • Single-Agency Events - Further Details
    Here you can find further information on events organised by the UN agencies
  • Calendar of other UN Business Seminars

    Below is an overview of Business Seminars organised by, for example, UN Procurement Division or local UN Country Teams in various countries.

    Date Location Type Contact
    9-10 April 2018 New York City, USA EUPF info@eupf.org
    22-23 April 2018 Amman, Jordan Multi-Agency (local representation) TBD
    4 May 2018 Asuncion, Paraguay UNPD/Multi-Agency (local representation) seminars@un.org
    7-8 May Nairobi, Kenya UNPD/Multi-Agency (local representation) seminars@un.org


  • Multi-Agency Seminars, 2016

  • IPS held in 2018

  • Lessons Learned so far from hosting IPS events

    Please refer to the document below to find out what should be taken into consideration when planning an IPS. Information in this document is based on experiences and lessons learned so far from the host entities, UN agencies and participating companies during the IPS pilot period. The document will be updated on a continuous basis.

  • Nordic UN Procurement Seminar 2018
    This seminar will be a part of the series of biennial Nordic UN Procurement Seminars, the last one took place in 2016. The overall objective is to provide an opportunity for Nordic
  • How to do Business with CPAG - Geneva, 6 November 2018
    Here you can find further information on the event
  • UN Procurement Division, New York

    In addition to the International Procurement Seminar modality, the Procurement Division of the UN Secretariat in New York (UN/PD) has a business seminar programme. The main objective is to inform potential vendors and trade entities, particularly in Developing Countries, about the work of UN/PD. The seminars also provide information on the UN procurement processes, evaluation criteria, vendor registration procedures and how to find business opportunities in the various Agencies of the UN.

    The seminars are organized through governments, agencies and Permanent Missions in the UN. 

    For the latest information on scheduled seminars please visit the UN/PD Business Seminars page.

    Any questions you might have regarding UN/PD Business Seminars can be submitted by completing the following Contact Form.




  • UN International Procurement Seminar, Copenhagen, 12-13 June 2019
    A 2 day UN Agency and supplier seminar at the UN City in Copenhagen. The objectives for this seminar are: 1. Introduce suppliers from the host countries; UK, Ireland & The Nether
  • Rome International Procurement Seminar Rome 2019
    The Rome International Procurement Seminar will be organized by the Italian Trade Agency in cooperation with the Israeli Consulate in Milan and TradeMalta. It aims to broaden the p
  • Hungary - May 2016
    Agenda and presentations concerning the Business Seminar in Budapest, Hungary, 3-4 May 2016
  • The Netherlands - May 2016
    Agenda and presentations concerning the business seminar in the Hague, the Netherlands, 25-26 May 2016.
  • Nordic Countries - June 2016
    Agenda and presentations concerning the Business Seminar for the Nordic Countries held in Copenhagen, 15-16 June 2016
  • International Procurement Seminar Bonn - Nov 2016
    Agenda, participants and presentations of the International Procurement Seminar held in Bonn, 15-16 November 2016