Contributions needed for key sustainable procurement publication

COPENHAGEN – UNOPS is seeking diverse articles for an upcoming publication on sustainable procurement in the international development sector.

​The high profile report, which will include an introduction by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will be published as a supplement to the 2012 Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement. The supplement will focus on balancing social, environmental and economic considerations in procurement, showcasing case studies that contribute to new and useful insights in sustainable procurement.

UNOPS is seeking articles from researchers and practitioners, which can be based on their existing research papers or other original content. These contributions can focus on any aspect related to the inclusion of social, environmental and economic considerations in procurement. Authors that deal with sustainable public procurement in developing countries are strongly encouraged to submit an article.

Click here to access past editions of the Annual Statistical Report and thematic supplements.


Potential contributors should submit articles between 1,000 and 2,000 words. Articles should avoid extensive methodological sections and instead focus on pitching conceptual or case studies to a practitioner audience. The inclusion of high resolution photographs that illustrate the articles well will be much appreciated.

All contributions will be reviewed by UNOPS editors, and selected authors will be contacted.

Contributions must be sent by Wednesday, 15 May 2013 to Mr Jacob Hasselbalch (jacobh[@]

Possible topics

Contributors can focus on topics such as: sustainability in the procurement process, green procurement, social concerns in procurement, fair trade and procurement, ethical issues in the supply chain, balancing economic, social and environmental considerations in procurement, life cycle costing and environmental concerns in procurement, use of social and environmental labels in procurement, triple bottom line in procurement, climate change and procurement, sustainable procurement and innovation, humanitarian logistics, and sustainable supply chain management.

About the Annual Statistical Report and supplement

Both the Annual Statistical Report on UN Procurement and its accompanying thematic supplement have been published by UNOPS since 2008.

The Annual Statistical Report on UN Procurement provides data and analysis on the goods and services procured by the United Nations system in support of its operations.

The report and supplement are widely circulated among UN organizations and Member States, non-governmental organizations, private companies, academics and other stakeholders in the procurement community.

Click here to access past editions of the Annual Statistical Report and thematic supplements.