The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Sustainability at the heart of UNOPS work

UNOPS has published its fourth annual sustainability report. Aligned to the Global Reporting Initiative framework, the report looks back at the organization’s work and key achievements in 2018, with sustainability in focus.

“2018 was another year of great opportunities and immense challenges [...] Now, more than ever before, the world needs to make a coordinated effort to bring positive change,” said UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo.

UNOPS in numbers:

  • Delivered $1.9 billion worth of projects on behalf of our partners, the majority of which took place in some of the world’s most fragile and conflict-affected states
  • Created 5 million days of paid work for local people, with women undertaking more than 2.3 million of those days
  • Procured more than $900 million worth of goods and services for partners, including over $420 million worth of procurement budgets going to local suppliers
  • Provided more than 31,000 days of technical advice to stakeholders across a range of projects

We should not forget that today’s challenges can be solved. This will require new ideas, new approaches and ever closer partnerships.

Grete Faremo - Under-Secretary-General and UNOPS Executive Director

The report highlights UNOPS contribution to sustainable development around the world, and takes a closer look at a number of critical humanitarian emergencies and development initiatives supported by UNOPS in 2018 – including in Bangladesh, Ghana, Guatemala, Kosovo and Yemen.

The annual sustainability report also highlights two ambitious gender strategies launched by UNOPS last year: The gender parity and gender mainstreaming strategies. Taking targets set by the UN Secretary-General for all UN organizations even further, these two strategies aim to achieve equal representation of women and men in the UNOPS workforce, while also strengthening gender equality considerations in all UNOPS-implemented projects.

“We have much work to do to reach our gender goals, but I reiterate our commitment to address this fundamental area of critical importance,” said Ms. Faremo.

Read UNOPS 2018 annual sustainability report


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