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Building Sustainable Procurement capacity through training

  • Published on January 29, 2018
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.
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. Annually UNOPS delivers this training programme to its personnel in various locations and to other UN agencies as requested. Using a combination of interactive real-life case studies, group discussions and lectures, the two and a half day course provides participants with a practical overview of the following topics: • What is sustainable procurement • How to identify and address sustainability risks and impacts in planning • How to operationalize sustainability throughout the procurement cycle (from requirements definition to contract management) • How to source more sustainable suppliers and more 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. For more information regarding the training programme and how to participate please contact

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