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Rethinking procurement for a circular economy

UNOPS special issue

Catherine’s article for a new UN publication examines the vital role procurement plays in driving sustainable development – both for today’s generation and the ones to follow.  Read the full article in the Rethink Global blog.

Here is an overview of the magazine…

Procurement: Why new thinking is needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

The search for a peaceful, inclusive and sustainably developed world is far from over.

Although progress has been made, achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 requires innovative, transparent and efficient procurement. It’s a vital link that connects suppliers with buyers, donors with recipient governments, and the world’s most vulnerable with the goods and services they need.

It’s key to the UN’s goal of ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring peace and prosperity for all.

“Creative ideas are essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals – and that includes constantly striving for new solutions to procurement challenges,” says Grete Faremo, UNOPS Executive Director.

“From using procurement as a poverty reduction tool to utilizing it as a means to address human rights abuses, procurement plays a key role in sustainable development,” Ms. Faremo adds.

In ‘High Impact Procurement,’ contributors from across the public and private sectors and academia examine how procurement can help the world overcome global challenges – for good.

The entire publication is available on


UNOPS mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development, by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner. With more than 30 years’ of experience, UNOPS works in over 80 countries every year.

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