On 16 July the Executive Board of the
Stop TB Partnership selected UNOPS as its new host and administrator. This move establishes a close working relationship between the two organizations as they fulfil their respective mandates.
UNOPS is dedicated to helping partners manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner, and looks forward to serving the Stop TB Partnership's administrative needs, enabling it to focus on its mission to save the lives of people with tuberculosis (TB).
The Stop TB Partnership leads the global advocacy campaign to raise awareness, funds and action against the disease, coordinating this effort among over 1,000 partner organizations.
"UNOPS welcomes this partnership and we look forward to providing an effective operating environment to enable the Stop TB Partnership Secretariat and its Board to continue its important work," noted Vitaly Vanshelboim, UNOPS Ad Interim Executive Director.
The new hosting arrangement will focus on providing human resources, procurement, contracting and other administrative services for the Partnership. A dedicated team within UNOPS will focus on servicing the Partnership's needs.
UNOPS recognizes that strong partnerships and effective coordination between actors are crucial to efficiency and innovation, and helps fulfil UNOPS commitment to providing service to others.
Since 2001, the year of its founding, the Stop TB Partnership has been hosted and administered by the World Health Organization (WHO). The Secretariat will continue to cooperate with WHO, using its global data and information in its advocacy material, as well as in coordinating its initiatives around the world.
The Stop TB Partnership will remain in Geneva, but will relocate to offices under the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.
The Stop TB Partnership mission is to serve every person who is vulnerable to TB and ensure that high-quality treatment is available to all who need it.
Stop TB's partners include international and technical organizations, government programmes, research and funding agencies, foundations, NGOs, civil society and community groups, and the private sector. The institution is governed by a coordinating board that sets strategic direction for the global fight against the disease.