Procurement Network Meeting
The Centre is hosting the 15th HLCM Procurement Network Meeting from 11 to 13 March 2014
The Procurement Network is one of four UN professional networks reporting to the UN High Level Committee on Management (HLCM) and dealing with managerial issues that are of general concern to all UN agencies, such as finance, human resources, IT, in addition to procurement.
The Procurement Network was established in April 2007. The network’s mandate is to promote the strategic role of procurement and supply chain management in programme and service delivery in a transparent and accountable manner.
The Network’s membership brings together 32 UN organizations that are represented by their Procurement Directors, who attend and actively contribute to the network’s biannual meetings. The cumulative annual procurement volume of these organizations is approximately USD 14.28 billion (figures for 2011). The procurement operations of the United Nations support the execution of its development programmes, peace-keeping operations, as well as humanitarian relief efforts in more than 164 countries.
The network’s programme of work focuses on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of UN procurement through collaborative purchasing arrangements, simplification and harmonization of practices and fostering professionalism among the staff responsible for procurement. It promotes business opportunities for potential suppliers from all countries with a special emphasis on suppliers from developing countries, as well as those from countries with economies in transition.
The Procurement Network is responsible for the UN Global Marketplace (UNGM at www.ungm.org), the procurement portal of the UN System, used by 4,500 UN procurement staff and the supplier community.