UNOPS report highlights sustainable results 

Tue, 4 Sep 2012

COPENHAGEN - UNOPS has published a new report detailing the operational support provided to its partners’ humanitarian, peacebuilding and development projects in some of the world’s most challenging environments.

UNOPS worker in Haiti
UNOPS works in some of the most challenging environments in the world, from Somalia to Iraq to Haiti. Photo: UNOPS/Claude-André Nadon

UNOPS supports more than 1,000 projects worldwide, by providing a range of infrastructure, procurement and project management services to help create sustainable results - from managing the construction of roads in Afghanistan, to procuring essential medicines in Argentina, to improving sanitation systems in Haiti.

Our new report, Delivering Sustainable Results, provides details about how we helped our partners deliver results that matter to people in need.

Delivering Sustainable Results

Alongside these operational results, the report describes significant developments during 2011-2012, including our leadership in the transparency agenda, our increasing work in post-conflict and low-income areas and our growing focus on sustainability. 

Key results achieved for partners


Our operational results for 2011 include outputs from a range of infrastructure, procurement and project management services we provided to our partners.

Overall in 2011, UNOPS supervised the construction or rehabilitation of 74 schools, 42 hospitals and health centres, 40 police stations and police training facilities, 21 prisons and detention centres, 12 courthouses and 53 other government buildings. In post-conflict and post-disaster settings UNOPS helped partners construct or maintain more than 12,400 emergency relief structures, such as shelters, and 32,300 other relief facilities, such as toilets and septic tanks. We also constructed or rehabilitated 2,301 kilometres of roads, as well as 14 bridges, 14 harbours and 5 airstrips.

More than 2.2 million units of machinery or equipment were procured for our partners, and more than 27 million doses of essential drugs were procured or distributed.

UNOPS helped the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) implement mine action programmes in 14 countries and territories around the world. UNOPS helped its partners develop local capacity by supporting the training of more than 534,000 people in subjects including disaster preparedness and the environment, and organizing more than 580 training courses and workshops.

Details about these projects and many others, lessons learned and the various ways we add value for our partners can be found in the new report.

  Working where we are needed most

In 2011, UNOPS implemented $1.06 billion worth of projects for our partners, down 16 percent from the record levels achieved a year earlier. We spent $76 million administering these projects.

While the overall dollar value of UNOPS delivery dropped from 2010 to 2011, our work in the lowest-income countries and in areas affected by conflict increased.

  Delivering sustainable results

In 2012, UNOPS experts in implementation, human rights, infrastructure and the environment came together to create a social and environmental sustainability policy for infrastructure projects. This integrated approach requires that our project teams consider gender, decent work, health and safety, accessibility for people with disabilities, the protection of cultural heritage, the environment and much more, both before and during project implementation.

This is just one example of the ways UNOPS commitment to sustainability is reflected in all our work; in infrastructure, project management and procurement. For example in infrastructure, UNOPS helps boost local construction industries through on-the-job training, by sharing infrastructure best practice and by teaching contractors how to prepare better quality bids. In project management we prioritize project sustainability by considering the economic and environmental impacts of a project, and promoting local ownership and developing local capacity. In procurement, one of our many sustainability tools involves building long-term environmental, economic and social considerations into solicitation and contract documents.

Find out more about the way we help our partners by downloading Delivering Sustainable Results. The report is currently available in English, with French and Spanish being released shortly.




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