International Procurement Seminars

  • Regional or 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.


  • 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. 

    The below IPS-Principles for Engagement 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.


    Government Institutional Organisations interested in hosting an IPS are kindly asked to complete and submit the below IPS-Proposal Template 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.


    Please refer to the below IPS-Lessons Learned document 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.


  • IPS Calendar 2016-2020
    Year Month Deadline for expressions of interest to host IPS date Hosted by Location Contact Access the documents
    2016 November assigned 15-16 Nov Germany Bonn   Click here for documents
    2018 April not assigned n/a n/a n/a n/a (no proposals received)  
      June assigned 26-27 June 2018 Belgium, France, Germany, Austria UN City, Copenhagen

    Click here for details

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


    Click here for the documents
      November assigned 19-20 Nov 2019 Argentina Buenos Aires

    Magalí Blanco Rodríguez

    2020 February 31 July 2019 n/a n/a n/a n/a (no proposals received)  
      June 31 Oct 2019 TBD TBD TBD TBD  
      November 31 March 2020 TBD TBD TBD TBD  

    TBD = To be determined

  • Other UN Multi-Agency Procurement Seminars

  • IPS held in 2016-2019

  • UN Procurement Division, New York: events organised with Member States

    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 organised 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.




  • Argentina International Procurement Seminar, Buenos Aires 2019
    The Buenos Aires International Procurement Seminar will be organized by the Argentine Investment and Trade Promotion Agency supported by the Ministry of Production and Work and the
  • 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
  • IPS, Germany - November 2016
    Agenda and presentations of the very first International Procurement Seminar held in Bonn, 15-16 November 2016