UN tenders


The overall procurement volume in 2009 (goods and services combined) of the United Nations Organisations was 13.8 billion USD.


In order to take part in the ‘procurement game’ potential suppliers have to keep in mind that each UN-Organisation:

- Has its own specific requirements for goods and services
- May conduct its own procurement activities
- Follows, in general, common principles for procurement rules and regulations
- Constitutes a separate and distinct customer/partner
- Has its own tempo, portfolio, specific characteristics



Most purchased goods & services:



Pharmaceutical Supplies
Computers and Software
Shelter and Housing
Telecommunications Equipment
Laboratory Equipment
Chemicals (POL)
Building Materials


Security Services 
Outsourced Personnel Services
Engineering Services
Corporate Services
Freight Services
Printing Services and Equipment Rental
Consultancy Services
Telecommunication Services



 Registration as UN supplier on UNGM


Finding ones way around as a potential supplier or provider of services in the procurement market of the United Nations system does not have to be difficult. UNGM provides several practical resources on how to do business with the United Nations. The following is a simple, step-by-step guide to on how to enter the UN market for goods and services.


To become a potential supplier for the United Nations, vendors generally have to register on UNGM, which is offered for free. To proceed, suppliers have to first of all go to the homepage www.ungm.org and refer to the ’Register as Supplier’ from the Top Menu.


The UNGM interactive guide for suppliers can help one with the different steps of registration as a supplier. Download it here  


The UNGM is a registry of suppliers available to all UN and World Bank procurement personnel, and is the main supplier database of 20 UN organisations. Please note, however, that even though the UNGM is open to all procurement staff, some organisations do have their own supplier database. Therefore, it is important that potential suppliers also register with UN agencies that do not directly support the UNGM – those agencies are not selectable during the UNGM registration process. If an agency is not selectable on UNGM, please contact the agency directly.




 To know more about the 20 UN Global Marketplace Member Agencies please go to:



 1. IAEA – International Atomic Energy Agency


2. ILO – International Labor Organization


3. ITC – International Trade Center


4. UNDP – United Nations Development Program


5. UNESCO – United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization


6. UNFPA – United Nations Populations Fund


7. UNHCR – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


8. UNICEF – United Nations Children Fund


9. UNIDO – United Nations Industrial Development Organization


10. UNOPS – United Nations Office for Project Services


11. UN/PD – United Nations Procurement Division (The Secretariat)


12. UNRWA – United Nations Relief and Works Agency


13. WFP – World Food Program


14. WIPO – World Intellectual Property Organization


15. IFAD – The international Fund for Agricultural Development


16. UNOV – UN office at Vienna


17. ITU – International Telecommunication Union


18. UNECA – United Nations Economic Commission for Africa


19. FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


20. AFDB – African development Bank