What is UNOPS ?
UNOPS Executive Director
The UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, dedicated to implementing projects for the United Nations System, international financial institutions, governments and other partners around the world.
The United Nations General Assembly reaffirmed UNOPS mandate “as a central resource for the UN system in procurement and contracts management as well as in civil works and physical infrastructure development, including the related capacity development activities.” UNOPS implements more than $1 billion worth of peace and security, humanitarian and development projects for its partners every year, operating in more than 80 countries.
Message from UNOPS Tokyo Liaison Office
- Head of Office,
UNOPS Tokyo Liaison Office
UNOPS was established in 1973 as part of the United Nations Development Programme. It became an independent, self-financing organization in 1995.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted UNOPS important role in providing meaningful expertise to countries in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change: “In countries such as Yemen, Iraq, Somalia and Colombia, UNOPS technical support to UN agencies in procurement and other specialized areas has expedited the provision of relief services to millions of people in need, and in doing so, contributed to more stable and secure societies.”
UNOPS is a fully self-financing organization. A not-for-profit, UNOPS meets the highest international standards of accountability and transparency in all its transactions.
UNOPS believes in measuring its work against international best practice. In line with UNOPS strategic plan, the organization strives for external certification of core management functions, processes and personnel, in order to ensure its business practices reflect leading international standards, such as ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, Global Reporting Initiative Gold, the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) Gold, International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) and PRINCE2. UNOPS is also the first UN body to have been awarded CIPS certification in procurement policies and procedures. The CIPS certification demonstrates that UNOPS has sound procurement policies, processes and procedures, verified and monitored by an independent body. Since 2015, every year, UNOPS achieved gold level in sustainable procurement from the Institute.
With a focus on constructing and rehabilitating infrastructure in fragile environments, and providing humanitarian assistance, Japan’s support has helped UNOPS build better lives for people in need.
In Afghanistan, poor road conditions – unpaved and damaged from flooding and erosion – have long prevented residents from accessing health services, education and markets. With a contribution from the Government of Japan, UNOPS constructed 10.7 kilometres of roads. Considering people’s need for sustainable, environmentally safe energy, solar-powered lights were used.
In Ukraine, as part of a project implemented by UNOPS with funding from Japan, newly provisioned medical equipment is increasing the speed of procedures in several hospitals.
In northern Jordan, where there is a large influx of Syrian refugees, UNOPS and Japan are renovating the water distribution pipe network and installing new distribution pipes – reducing the amount of water leakage and making effective use of Jordan’s scarce water resources.
UNOPS Tokyo liaison office will enhance the partnership with Japanese stakeholders, such as governmental institutions, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the private sector, academia and international non-governmental organizations.