Members of the diplomatic community, civil society, press and the private sector gathered at UN City for the first reception hosted by UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo, who assumed her role in August of this year.
Ms Faremo welcomed her guests to UNOPS environmentally friendly headquarters, telling invitees: "As new Executive Director of UNOPS, I am very glad to see you here. I look forward to cross-cooperation and to making some great things happen [with you]."
The reception also marked the launch of the latest publication on UNOPS operational results, detailing the support the organization provided to its partners' humanitarian, peacebuilding and development projects in 2013.
This publication, 'Together for a Better Future,' provides an overview on how UNOPS helped its partners deliver results that matter to people in need, often in the world's most challenging environments. It outlines UNOPS key operational and management results, and includes case studies of projects that UNOPS supported in 2013.
Key results achieved for partners
UNOPS implemented $1.14 billion worth of aid and development projects in 2013, up from $977 million in 2012, supporting partners in the delivery of tangible benefits to beneficiaries around the world. This work included the construction or rehabilitation of 3,560 kilometres of road, 81 bridges, 35 government administration buildings, 31 schools, and 26 hospitals and health clinics. UNOPS also procured over $749 million worth of goods and services on behalf of partners in 2013.
UNOPS helped its partners develop local capacity by supporting the training of 327 local authorities and non-governmental organizations, as well as over 47,000 individuals, in subjects including disaster relief, infrastructure and sanitation. In addition, UNOPS created 2.5 million days of paid work for local people in UNOPS projects worldwide and provided over 14,600 days of advisory services to partners, up from just over 3,000 in 2012. Nearly half of all UNOPS projects in 2013 contained some form of national capacity development.
Additionally, UNOPS assisted and supported the mine action work of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and partners in 18 countries and territories. For a total value of approximately $193 million, UNOPS helped UNMAS deliver a range of results, including humanitarian rapid response and technical support deployment to countries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Libya, Mali, Syria and Timor-Leste.
In line with the view that strong partnerships are crucial to efficiency and innovation, UNOPS is developing partner management to teams help ensure a consistent, structured and successful approach to engaging with key partners.
Some of UNOPS largest partnerships in 2013 were with the United Nations Development Programme, the Department for Peacekeeping Operations, the Governments of Afghanistan and Japan, the World Bank, the European Union, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
While UNOPS continues to support achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, UNOPS partnerships are increasingly framed by the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. These activities are in line with the ambitions of UNOPS current strategic plan, while supporting the organization's efforts to promote social, economic and environmental sustainability, national capacity development, knowledge transfer and South-South cooperation.
In 2013, approximately 30 percent of UNOPS-supported projects worked to improve environmental sustainability, including through the use of sustainable building techniques and renewable energy such as solar power. An additional 30 percent of projects worked on improving gender equality and the empowerment of women, for example by including women in oversight committees on road construction projects.
Alongside these results, the report describes key trends and developments at UNOPS over the period 2013-2014, including the organization's increasing work in low-income and conflict-affected areas, its commitment to sustainability, and its continued work in promoting transparency, ethics and integrity.
Find out more about the way UNOPS helps partners by downloading
Together for a better future or visit our
annual brochures page.