The effort to identify opportunities for consolidating and standardising vehicle procurement across the UN system will be put into action over the next 18 months. Currently the UN system spends approximately $300 million annually on soft-skinned and armoured vehicles. Coordination and collaboration could lead to significant savings.

Timeframe: August 2011 -February 2013.

Anticipated Benefits and Results

  • Substantial economies of scale savings due to increased negotiating leverage. If steps are taken to homogenize and centralize this procurement process, the system hopes to reach reductions in costs of between 10%-20% of total cost for participating organizations.
  • Standardisation of vehicle type reduces future maintenance and service expenses.
  • Enhanced inter-agency transfer of vehicles/staff with technical vehicle expertise.