Annual Statistical Report on UN Procurement







The overall procurement volume (goods and services combined) of UN organizations during 2013 increased to $16.1 billion, from $15.4 billion in 2012 – an increase of 4.6 percent. The total procurement of goods increased by $826 million, an increase of 12.1 percent, while procurement of services decreased by $115 million, a slight decline of 1.3 percent.

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The increase in the overall procurement volume is mainly attributable to raises in volume from four organizations: FAO, UNHCR, UNICEF and the United Nations Procurement Division (UN/PD). However, differences in FAO data are largely attributable to bringing field locations online with the ERP system, performed in order to improve the accuracy of procurement data captured from the field.

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Procurement is defined as the acquisition through purchase or lease of real property, goods or other products (including intellectual property), works or services. Goods are objects of every kind and description including raw materials, products and equipment and objects in solid, liquid or gaseous form, and electricity, as well as services incidental to the supply of the goods if the value of those incidental services does not exceed that of the goods themselves. Services are work, duty or labour performed by a contractor pursuant to a contract. Rendering of services may involve the associated provision of utilities or facilities if specified in the terms of the contract. Typical examples of services include security, catering, cleaning, travel management, event management, IT services, training, freight forwarding, and consulting.