Since 2016, UNOPS has been delivering training in Sustainable Procurement. Developed in partnership with UNOPS, UN Environment, SUN and ITC-ILO, this course is based on Buying for a Better World: A guide on Sustainable Procurement for the UN system.


Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Asia / Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

Sector of activity
Public Procurement

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Education & Awareness Raising, Policy Frameworks & Tools

Type of lead actor
United Nations / intergovernmental organizations

Shared by

Rachel Bagnall

Sustainable Procurement Analyst


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Public procurement is estimated to account for 15-20% of global GDP annually. Used properly, public procurement resources can be a powerful enabler for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. This course is designed and implemented to support procurement officials to balance environmental, social and economic considerations in your procurements, and achieve best value for money.


As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Output level

Training for SCP

  • Sustainable Procurement training for UN public procurers 2017

Impact and Results

In 2017, we trained 211 procurement officials including internal personnel and partner agencies. Anecdotally, partner agencies that have participated in the training have noted that this course has made a difference to understand the process on how to embed it into the procurement process and are now in the process of implementing it. Specific to UNOPS the training course contributes to our desire to continuously embed sustainability into how we operate so that it becomes the default modality.

Next steps and how to get involved

For more information regarding the training programme and how to participate please contact