Procurement at UN Women

Amira Abi Khalil operates a forklift to move palettes of tile. She has owned and operated her brick and stone trading company in Lebanon since 1997. UN Women procures goods and services from women-owned firms such as hers. Photo: UN Women/Joe Saade.
Photo: UN Women/Joe Saade

UN Women procures more than USD 100 million worth of services and goods each year to support its programme of work. UN Women is committed to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women worldwide while delivering green results, with an emphasis on transparency and effectiveness. UN Women is also committed to providing tools to, and supplementing the capacity of, its partners—such as governments, other UN entities, and corporations—to achieve socioeconomic objectives through practicing and encouraging gender-responsive procurement. UN Women has therefore taken the lead to integrate gender considerations in its procurement processes.

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Current solicitations 

Note: UN Women has launched a new e-procurement platform in 2017. The platform is currently live for procurement activities initiated at UN Women headquarters in New York. It will be rolled out to other locations in phases. For current solicitations initiated in New York, please visit the e-procurement platform.

Solicitations initiated in regional and country offices:


Solicitation documents

Contract awards

The following are lists of UN Women contract awards for activities above USD 100,000:
2021 |  2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017201620152014 | 2013

The following are lists of UN Women contract awards funded by the European Union for activities above EUR 15,000:
2021 |  2020

Featured publication

The power of procurement: How to source from women-owned businesses

The power of procurement: How to source from women-owned businesses

This manual provides corporations with a deeper understanding of the barriers and challenges preventing women-owned businesses from accessing and fully participating in local and global values chains. It also provides sensible, actionable steps that corporations can take with their strategic sourcing decisions to evaluate the diversity of their supplier base and to increase the share of women-owned businesses in their procurement.