International Procurement Seminars
Calendar of other events 2020-2021
Host Location Date Comments European Procurement Forum (EUPF) New York 23-24 May 2022 More info UN 2020 Procurement Statistical Report Workshop hosted by UNOPS & UNDP Shanghai 14-15 September 2021 Contact: Ruiguang (Ricky) Lu firstname.lastname@example.org European Procurement Forum (EUPF) Virtual
25-26 May 2021
More info United Nations Global Service Centre, Brindisi Virtual 26 November 2020 More info
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. Selected UN Agencies participate and typically deliver a brief presentation of their Agency as well as take part in workshops and panel debates. The business seminars also allow for one-to-one meetings between UN buyers and vendors.
In the interest of improving the efficiency, cost-effectiveness and sustainability of UN business seminar activities, the HLCM Procurement Network (the UN's Procurement Directors & senior procurement practitioners) developed and piloted a new modality for Multi-Agency Business Seminars throughout 2017-19. Subsequently, at the 26th session of the Procurement Network, held in Valencia on 8-10 October 2019, the decision was taken to adopt the model – International Procurement Seminars (IPS).
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.
TO EXPRESS INTEREST TO HOST AN IPS EVENT
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: email@example.com.
Year Month Deadline for expressions of interest to host IPS date Hosted by Location Contact 2016 November assigned 15-16 Nov Germany (in partnership with other countries) Bonn 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
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November assigned 12-13 Nov 2018 The Nordic Countries UN City, Copenhagen firstname.lastname@example.org 2019 May assigned 16-17 May 2019 Italy, Israel, Malta EXCO 2019, Rome, Italy <email@example.com> June assigned 12-13 June 2019 UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Slovenia UN City, Copenhagen November assigned 19-20 Nov 2019 Argentina Buenos Aires
Ms. Magalí Blanco Rodríguez
2020 February 31 July 2019 n/a n/a n/a n/a (no proposals received) June
(Postponed due to Covid-19 lockdown)
assigned 9-10 June 2020 Canada Toronto Ms. Anne-Marie Ready
(Postponed due to Covid-19 lockdown)
assigned Canada Toronto Ms. Anne-Marie Ready
2021 January assigned 25-26 January The Nordic Countries Virtual Mr. Sebastian Rodas Medeiros
January assigned 28-29 January Austria, Estonia, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain Virtual Ms. Astrid Nielsen
June assigned 16-17 June UK, Netherlands, Ireland, Poland, Slovenia Virtual Ms. Joanne Ganthier
November 31 March 2021 unassigned unassigned unassigned unassigned 2022 April assigned 26-27 April Czech Rep., Hungary & Slovakia Hybrid/Vienna Ms. Julie Havlova
June assigned postponed until June 2023 China Hybrid/Shanghai Mr. Zhao Bulin
November assigned 8-9 November Croatia, Israel, Italy & Morocco Hybrid/Turin Mr. Carlo Ferrari
2023 March assigned 7-8 March Ireland, Netherlands, UK Hybrid/UN City, Copenhagen Mr. Paul Maguire
June assigned TBD China Hybrid/Shanghai Mr. Zhao Bulin
November 31 March 2023 TBD TBD TBD TBD
TBD = To be determined
IPS held 2016-2022
Other UN Multi-Agency Procurement Seminars
UN Procurement Division (UNPD), New York: Events organised with Member States
In addition to the International Procurement Seminar (IPS) modality, the Procurement Division of the UN Secretariat in New York (UNPD) has a Business Seminar Programme. The seminars are organised through governments, agencies and Permanent Missions in the UN. The main objective is to inform potential vendors and trade entities, particularly in Developing Countries, about the work of UNPD. 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.
For the latest information on scheduled seminars please visit the UNPD Business Seminars page.
Any questions you might have can be submitted by completing the following Contact Form.
Regional or HQ events
Agencies in regional or UN Headquarters (HQ) locations may decide to host business seminars for a specific Member State 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.
Hungary, May 2016Agenda and presentations concerning the Business Seminar in Budapest, Hungary, 3-4 May 2016
IPS, Bonn, November 2016Agenda and presentations of the very first International Procurement Seminar held in Bonn, 15-16 November 2016
Poland, November 2016Agenda and presentations concerning the Business Seminar in Warsaw and Łódź, Poland, 22-23 November 2016
IPS, Copenhagen, June 2018Agenda and presentations of the International Procurement Seminar hosted by Austria, Belgium, France and Germany at UN City in Copenhagen, 26-27 June 2018
IPS, Copenhagen, November 2018Agenda and presentations of the International Procurement Seminar hosted by Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden at UN City in Copenhagen on 12-13 November 2018
IPS, Rome, May 2019Agenda and presentations of the International Procurement Seminar hosted by Italy, Israel and Malta in Rome on 16-17 May 2019.
"How to do Business with CPAG", Geneva 2018Here you can find further information on the event
IPS, Copenhagen, June 2019Agenda and presentations of the International Procurement Seminar hosted by the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and Slovenia at UN City in Copenhagen on 12-13 June 2019
IPS, Argentina, November 2019Agenda and presentations of the International Procurement Seminar hosted by the Argentine Agency of Investment and Trade in Buenos Aires on 19-20 November 2019
IPS, Nordic Countries, January 2021Agenda and information from the virtual International Procurement Seminar hosted by the Nordic Countries on 25-26 January 2021
IPS, European Consortium , January 2021Agenda and information from the virtual International Procurement Seminar hosted by Austria, Estonia, Germany, France, Portugal & Spain on 28-29 January 2021
IPS, European Consortium , June 2021Agenda and information from the virtual International Procurement Seminar hosted by the UK, Netherlands, Ireland, Slovenia & Poland on 16-17 June 2021
IPS, Vienna, April 2022Agenda and information from the hybrid International Procurement Seminar hosted by the Czech Republic, Hungary & Slovakia on 26-27 April 2022.