Celebrating 20 years of serving people in need

January 2015 marks two decades since UNOPS began helping a wide range of partners implement peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects worldwide.

Today, UNOPS counts over 7,000 personnel and operates in 80 countries, delivering approximately $1 billion worth of projects each year, often in extremely challenging environments.

Although formed in 1973, UNOPS only became an independent self-financing organization in 1995, after being a part of the United Nations Development Programme until 1994. Since then, UNOPS has supported the work of partners around the world, from rebuilding roads in Afghanistan and supporting post-disaster recovery efforts following the earthquake in Haiti to helping farmers increase rice production in Myanmar.

Specifically, UNOPS provides project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and UN organizations, from UNDP to the Government of Japan to the Global Fund.

Speaking at a reception marking UNOPS 20th anniversary in New York this January, Under-Secretary-General Susana Malcorra congratulated UNOPS on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

"UNOPS is about getting things done", Ms. Malcorra stated, adding that: "That spirit will be especially important in implementing the post-2015 development agenda and the expected global agreement on climate change." 

Ms. Malcorra also thanked UNOPS and its personnel across the world for "their dedication, for their entrepreneurial energies and for their efforts to strengthen the support we provide to Member states."

Since its restructuring, UNOPS has continued to deliver strong operational results, increasing its work in low income and conflict-affected countries, promoting sustainability, national capacity development and gender equality in its partners' projects.

Throughout 2015, the organization will be celebrating some of its key achievements, and looking ahead to how UNOPS can help support partner activities across the world working towards its mission – serving people in need.