UN SUPPLY REACHES NEW HEIGHTS AS HEALTH SUPPLY Booms
As the United Nations continued to support COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, a new report released by UNOPS on behalf of the UN system details how 41 UN organizations spent $29.6 billion. dollars in goods and services last year.
The 2021 Annual Statistical Report on UN Procurement analyzes the UN’s combined annual expenditure on goods and services. It presents an analysis of key trends in UN procurement – breaking down procurement by UN organization, category of goods and services procured and supplier country.
This 38th edition of the report also includes procurement information related to the UN response to COVID-19, collaboration within the UN system, and efforts to integrate sustainability into procurement processes across the country. support of the 2030 Agenda.
According to the report, UN purchases increased by more than 32% last year, or $7.3 billion more than in 2020. The health sector recorded the largest amount of spending in 2021, with substantial increases in purchases of medical equipment and supplies contributing to total spending of $10.6 billion, double the previous year.
The latest figures detailed in the annual UN procurement report demonstrate the significant impact the UN has had, and continues to have, in helping countries fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Jens Wandel – Executive Director of UNOPS (acting)
“The huge increase we are seeing in the health sector – which includes support for the purchase and delivery of vaccines to some of the world’s most vulnerable people – underscores the UN’s commitment to ensuring that the response to the pandemic leaves no one behind,” Wandel added.
UNICEF was the largest United Nations purchaser in the health sector, with total purchases reaching $5.1 billion. Next come UNOPS with $2.7 billion and the Pan American Health Organization with $1.2 billion. Last year, pharmaceuticals, contraceptives and vaccines remained the UN’s largest procurement category, with $8.1 billion.
The report also highlights the contribution of UN procurement to supporting economic activities in least developed countries – essential to advancing sustainable development and equal opportunities in these countries.
Last year, total UN purchases from least developed countries reached $4.5 billion. Among these countries, Yemen recorded the largest procurement volume in 2021 with $721 million, followed by Ethiopia ($403 million), Afghanistan ($351 million), Sudan ( $341 million) and South Sudan ($283 million). The World Food Program was once again the UN’s largest buyer from suppliers in least developed countries, with a total of $1.6 billion.
The United States remained the largest supplier country in 2021, providing $2.3 billion in goods and services to United Nations organizations, increasing its procurement by nearly $400 million from the previous year. Four developing countries – Mexico, China, India and the United Arab Emirates – were among the top ten supplier countries in 2021, with a combined purchase value of $6.1 billion. This represents over 20% of total UN procurement.
In 2021, for the first time since reporting began, all 41 participating organizations used collaborative procurement approaches, reaching $1.1 billion, or nearly 4% of the UN’s total procurement volume in 2021 .
“The increase in the level of collaborative and cross-agency procurement reported for 2021 is positive. It highlights a continued commitment within the UN system to seek collaborative advantage, with a focus on economies of scale, increased efficiency and the delivery of better services at global, regional and national,” Mr. Wandel said.
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About the Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement
The Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement provides an overview of the United Nations system’s procurement in support of its operations, projects and programmes. Introduced in 1984, it has been compiled and published by UNOPS since 2008 on behalf of UN system organizations and in cooperation with the UN Global Marketplace, where the data is published.