Delivering more where it counts in 2012

COPENHAGEN – UNOPS built or renovated 2,631 kilometres of road, 40 schools, 27 bridges, trained 21,000 people, handled 15 million medical supplies and supported mine action work in 14 countries in 2012, making a real contribution to its partners' results.

Fifty-one percent of UNOPS work was in low income and conflict-affected countries, up from 48 percent in 2011 and 39 percent in 2010, demonstrating UNOPS growing presence in the world’s most challenging environments.

These and many other examples highlighting the operational and management results of UNOPS in 2012 are included in the Annual report of the Executive Director, which was presented to the Executive Board in New York last week.

The report was well received by Member States, such as France and Germany who congratulated UNOPS on the results achieved for partners in 2012.

"UNOPS is well positioned within the United Nations system and serves as an example of efficiency and sustainability to the wider UN System," the countries said in a joint statement.

"France and Germany also welcome the intensified focus on sustainability in UNOPS operations in 2012," they added

Key results achieved for partners

UNOPS implemented $977 million worth of projects for its partners in 2012, which was calculated using the International Public Sector Accounting Standards that we introduced last year. When measured under the previous accounting standards, UNOPS delivery was around $1.08 billion, slightly up on 2011.

UNOPS supported over 1,000 active projects across 80 countries in 2012, providing project management, infrastructure and procurement expertise to help our humanitarian, peacebuilding and development partners achieve sustainable results.

As part of this work, UNOPS managed the construction or rehabilitation of 40 schools, seven hospitals, 25 police stations and 73 other government buildings. We also constructed or rehabilitated 27 bridges, six harbours, four airstrips and 2,631 kilometres of road.

In post-conflict and post-disaster settings, UNOPS helped partners support displaced communities by constructing or maintaining more than 5,800 emergency relief structures, such as shelters, and more than 3,800 other relief facilities, such as toilets and septic tanks.

UNOPS procured more than 87,000 units of machinery or equipment and procured or distributed over 9.6 million doses of medicine.

Additionally, UNOPS supported the mine clearance work of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and partners in 14 countries and territories around the world.

Cross-cutting concerns

Almost half of the projects UNOPS currently supports work on developing national capacity in some way, mainly by enhancing institutions or developing skills. For instance, when buying bomb detection and removal equipment for the Pakistani police with funding from the European Union, UNOPS also trained 40 police officers in its use, increasing safety and local ownership.

In 2012, 32 percent of the projects supported by UNOPS worked on improving gender equality and the empowerment of women, for example by setting targets of 40 percent female labourers on building projects in Haiti.

Improving environmental sustainability was a feature of 31 percent of UNOPS-supported projects, which included purchasing solar panels for projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Palestine, Guatemala and South Sudan, for a large number of different partners.

Further information about our key results, as well as case studies of the projects that UNOPS supported in 2012, are available in UNOPS latest annual report.