The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

UNOPS publishes third annual Sustainability Report

Aligned to the Global Reporting Initiative framework, the report looks back at our work and key achievements around the world in 2017.

The challenges we faced as a United Nations remained immense in 2017.

“In many places, peace remains a distant hope. We see growing inequality and unprecedented needs – starvation, famine and displacement are still at critical levels in many countries,” said UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo. “Only through committing ourselves to supporting coordinated efforts that bring about positive change, do we stand a chance of facing up to these challenges.”   

From Yemen, where we helped bring more than 600 million tonnes of vital supplies of food and fuel, to Paraguay, where we helped improve agricultural practices for more than 120,000 people, UNOPS continues to support the implementation of Agenda 2030.

From bringing micro-grid renewable energy solutions to hundreds of thousands of people across Sierra Leone, to partnering with Ooredoo in Myanmar to build health clinics, we’re committed to working with the private sector to encourage sustainable development. 

Sustainability is at the forefront of UNOPS work around the world. We aim to help our partners maximize the positive impact and sustainability of their projects, to better serve communities in need. In 2017, we:

  • Created more than 2.1 million days of paid work through projects we supported, with women undertaking more than 370,000 of those days
  • Spent more than $540 million worth of procurement activities with local suppliers
  • Provided 40,000 days of technical advice to stakeholders across a range of our projects
  • Continued being climate neutral by offsetting the 16,931 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emitted through UNOPS operations using certified emission reductions

These are just a few examples of our work. Read the entire Sustainability Report, which details the impact of our work around the world.

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