UN Registration

The United Nations besides being the biggest international organization also represents a unique global market worth more than USD 17 billion annually for all types of goods and services. Thus, providing business opportunities for companies from all over the world. More statistical information on UN procurement is below.

First step, in order to do business with the UN, is a UN vendor registration. It is relatively simple process, however, it is more complex for air operators, as the requirements, such as for safety, are much stricter and detailed.


We consult the company how to register with the UN. This includes initial in-person presentation (+ Q&A) and on the spot support with registration itself. This means overall assistance in preparation and review of documentation needed for registration as UN potential vendor. Please note that while we offer support for the registration process, we cannot guarantee the company’s approval by the UN, as it is solely up to UN to approve its vendors.

Contact us at tina@aventurin.si if you need more details and/or are interested in our service. We would be happy to meet with you in person anywhere in the world.

Taken from “2014 Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement”

Total procurement of goods and services for operational activities of the UN system

The overall procurement volume (goods and services combined) of UN organizations in 2014 increased to $17.2 billion, from $16.1 billion in 2013 ‒ an increase of 7.2 per cent5 (Figure 1). The total procurement of goods increased by $891 million, an increase of 11.7 per cent, while procurement of services increased by $264 million, a raise of 3.1 per cent.


Procurement by sectors of categories of goods and services

The UN system’s procurement of goods and services consists of a wide variety of categories. They can be grouped into sectors of categories that relate to the different areas of procurement. Below figure shows the distribution of the UN’s procurement across the largest sectors of categories of goods and services.

The figure also illustrates that two sectors are significantly larger than others in terms of procurement volume: the health sector (pharmaceuticals, healthcare services, and medical and laboratory equipment) and the transport sector (transport services and motor vehicles).


Three other sectors have a share of approximately 10 to 11 per cent of the UN’s procurement volume in 2014: construction and engineering (construction supplies and services, engineering services, structures), food and farming (food, beverage, live plants and animals, farming accessories and services), and management and administrative services.

Combined, the five largest sectors of procurement account for 69 per cent (same as 2013) of the total procurement done by UN organizations in 2014.

Countries of supply to the UN in 2014

The UN system procured goods and services from 194 different countries in 2014, with 127 countries having an annual procurement volume of more than $10 million each in 2014. The next sections of the ASR examine the UN system’s performance in increasing opportunities for vendors in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.