This exclusive seminar was by invitation-only by the Department for Business and Trade, in association with their counterparts in Ireland and The Netherlands. The seminar showcased 10 agencies that work on behalf of the UN in specialised capacity. The overall objective was to provide an opportunity for companies exporting to the world to engage with the UN agencies - UNIDO, UNOPS, UNDP, UN Secretariat, to name a few, and gain a valuable insight into procurement practices, tender opportunities and how to do business with the UN.
Over the course of two days, the seminar offered an excellent opportunity to meet and network with fellow exporting companies and delegate representatives of relevant UN Agencies, attend thematic workshops and take part in relevant panel discussions. Overall, it was a great way enable future potential business collaborations in countries in which these UN agencies have a presence.
So, just who were some of these UN agencies?
UNIDO – United Nations Industrial Development Organisation
This specialised agency of the United Nations assists countries in economic and industrial development, and has a presence in over 60 countries.
UNOPS – United Nations Office for Project Services
This arm of the UN is dedicated to implementing infrastructure and procurement projects for the United Nations System, international financial institutions, governments and other partners around the world.
UNDP- United Nations Development Programme
This agency is tasked with helping countries eliminate poverty and achieve sustainable economic growth and human development. The UNDP emphasizes developing local capacity towards long-term self-sufficiency and prosperity.
The United Nations Secretariat is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, As the UN's executive arm, the secretariat has an important role in setting the agenda for the deliberative and decision-making bodies of the UN, and the implementation of the decision of these bodies.