The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
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Mission, vision, purpose
With the values and principles of the United Nations and the innovation and efficiency of a self-financed institution, we help people build better lives
Building better lives
UNOPS is driven by a passion to fight inequalities and to provide opportunities to those most vulnerable.
UNOPS helps the UN and its partners provide peace and security, humanitarian and development solutions.
Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development. We are focused on implementation, with a commitment to UN values and private sector efficiency.
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When Nepal shook
Following two major earthquakes, we’re working with communities to rebuild more than 23,000 earthquake resilient houses.
After the mountain moved
After a mountain collapsed on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital, we’re working to help stabilize the land and make the area safer as survivors return.
Access to energy
Across Sierra Leone, a forward-thinking project aims to strengthen energy infrastructure at health centres, schools, homes and businesses, helping to improve essential services for over 300,000 residents.
Stamping out malaria for good
Supporting efforts to eliminate malaria in hard-to-reach areas throughout the six countries that share the Mekong river.
One of the biggest challenges of our time
Faced with rising sea levels, we worked with partners to help increase the resilience of Tanzania’s coastal areas with sea defence walls.
Afghanistan humanitarian hotline celebrates first anniversary
The first nationwide UN inter-agency humanitarian call centre provides critical information, handling over 62,000 calls – in four languages as well as local dialects – in its first year.
Explore our work
- $420 MTo local suppliersPROCUREMENT BUDGETS
Over $420 million worth of procurement budgets went to local suppliers in 2018.
- 5MDays of paid work for beneficiariesNUMBER OF CREATED LABOUR DAYS FOR BENEFICIARIES
In 2018, UNOPS created more than 5 million labour days of paid work for beneficiaries – most of them generated as part of infrastructure projects.
- 2.3 MNumber of labour days created for womenDays of paid work for female beneficiaries
Of the more than 5 million days of paid work created for beneficiaries in 2018, more than 2.3 million of these days were undertaken by women.
InsightsIdeas, analysis, solutions
Sharing financial risks
The private and public sectors can work together to help spur local development – by sharing the financial risks and the rewards.
- When Nepal shook
In 2015, Nepal experienced two earthquakes, which had a devastating human impact. Over 5.6 million people were affected and 2.8 million people displaced. UNOPS together with partners has been helping thousands of people to rebuild their homes and ensure they can withstand future earthquakes.
- Stamping out malaria in the Greater Mekong
Health workers and scientists are up against the clock to put an end to malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) once and for all. For many years, the region has been the epicentre of antimalarial drug resistance – a phenomenon that is threatening to thwart malaria control efforts globally.
- Building a better world
Our vision is a world where people can live full lives supported by appropriate, sustainable and resilient infrastructure and by the efficient, transparent use of public resources in procurement and project management.