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International Procurement Seminars

  • Calendar of other events 2019-2020
    Host Location Date Comments
    EUPF New York

    1-2 Apr 2019

    More info
    UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO - annual joint meeting with manufacturers & suppliers Copenhagen

    2-5 Dec 2019

    More info
    EUPF (Cancelled) New York 27-28 Apr 2020 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. 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.

    N.B. Given the current global pandemic situation and related travel restrictions, the UN can only currently commit to IPSs held on a virtual basis. Entities interested in hosting a virtual IPS will be asked to include information on this in the proposal template.



    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 Documents

  • IPS Calendar 2016-2021
    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 (in partnership with other countries) 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@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

    Click here for the documents
    2020 February 31 July 2019 n/a n/a n/a n/a (no proposals received)  
    (Postponed due to Covid-19 lockdown)
    assigned 9-10 June 2020 Canada Toronto Anne-Marie Ready

    All events scheduled below will take place virtually due to the Covid-19 situation


    (Postponed due to Covid-19 lockdown)

    assigned   Canada  Toronto Anne-Marie Ready
    2021 January assigned 25-26 January The Nordic Countries Virtual Sebastian Rodas Medeiros
      January assigned 28-29 January Austria, Estonia, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain Virtual Astrid Nielsen
      June assigned 16-17 June UK, Netherlands, Ireland, Poland, Slovenia UN City Copenhagen or virtual (TBD) Joanne Ganthier 
      November 31 March 2021 TBD TBD TBD TBD  

    TBD = To be determined

  • IPS held 2016-2021

  • 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.

  • UN International Procurement Seminar 16-17 June 2021
    This virtual International Procurement Seminar is hosted by the UK, Netherlands, Ireland, Slovenia and Poland. The overall objective is to provide an opportunity for companies to
  • Hungary, May 2016
    Agenda and presentations concerning the Business Seminar in Budapest, Hungary, 3-4 May 2016
  • IPS, Bonn, November 2016
    Agenda and presentations of the very first International Procurement Seminar held in Bonn, 15-16 November 2016
  • Poland, November 2016
    Agenda and presentations concerning the Business Seminar in Warsaw and Łódź, Poland, 22-23 November 2016
  • IPS, Copenhagen, June 2018
    Agenda 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 2018
    Agenda 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 2019
    Agenda 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 2018
    Here you can find further information on the event
  • IPS, Copenhagen, June 2019
    Agenda 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 2019
    Agenda 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 2021
    Agenda and information from the virtual International Procurement Seminar hosted by the Nordic Countries on 25-26 January 2021
  • IPS, European Consortium, January 2021
    Agenda and information from the virtual International Procurement Seminar hosted by Austria, Estonia, Germany, France, Portugal & Spain on 28-29 January 2021