Mission and values 

UNOPS was established in 1974 as part of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and became an independent organization in 1995.

UNOPS transparent, accountable management services meet the highest international standards. Partners are assured consistent performance to agreed standards of quality, timeliness and cost, and safeguards against implementation risk.

Mission: serve people in need

UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Vision: advance sustainable practices

UNOPS vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.

Values: service to others

UNOPS values are firmly grounded in the United Nations Charter and legislative mandates of the General Assembly. They form the bedrock for the organizational culture, are reflected in its policies, tools, products and services and shape the behaviour of UNOPS personnel. Specifically, they underpin the strong commitment of UNOPS to providing service to others. The four core values of UNOPS are:

National ownership and capacity
We respect and support national ownership and help develop national capacity.

Accountability for results and transparency
We ensure our own accountability for resources entrusted to us, and for contributions we make to the sustainable results of our partners.

Partnerships and coordination
We recognize that strong partnerships and effective coordination among diverse actors, including the United Nations, governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector are crucial to efficiency and innovation.

We believe that we will add value and make strong contributions to the sustainable results of our partners only if our practices and performance are of recognized world-class standards of excellence and are well-adapted to local conditions.