UNOPS and KOICA join efforts to develop sustainable education and health sectors in Palestine

UNOPS and the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have signed an agreement to work together in developing sustainable education and health services in Palestine, with UNOPS providing procurement services to four KOICA projects.

​UNOPS Country Director, Nick O’Regan, and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Resident Representative, Young-Woo Kim, signed an agreement at KOICA’s offices in Ramallah on 21 January, to partner in developing sustainable education and health services in Palestine. The agreement focuses on improving the capacity of the health and education sectors in four governorates in Palestine; Nablus, Jenin, Hebron and Ramallah.

UNOPS will procure education and health equipment for four KOICA projects: An Najah IT Institute of Excellence, Hebron Youth Centre, Kufr Nima Secondary Industrial School, and Jenin Primary Health Clinic.

Procurement is an integral part of UNOPS work, which supports partners in ensuring the sustainable and timely implementation of peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. UNOPS has over 30 years of specialized experience and, each year, UNOPS procures around $800 million worth of high-quality goods, works and services on behalf of partners: members of the United Nations family, donor and recipient governments, non-governmental organization, international financial institution, foundations and the private sector.

UNOPS was awarded silver certification in sustainable procurement by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply in August 2013. Following UNOPS bronze certification in 2011, silver certification recognizes that UNOPS has not only adopted policies, procedures and practices that promote sustainable procurement, but is also systematically implementing them to achieve sustainable results.