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U.S. Commercial Service Liaison Office to the United Nations

The U.S. Commercial Service is committed to helping U.S. companies successfully navigate the United Nations Procurement System. To meet this objective, a Commercial Officer is assigned to the New York U.S. Export Assistance Center to coordinate with the U.S. Mission to the United Nations (U.S. Department of State) to track and help companies navigate business opportunities within the United Nations system.

About the United Nations

The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 with one central mission: the maintenance of international peace and security. Today, the UN pursues this mission by working to prevent conflict; helping parties in conflict make peace; peacekeeping; and creating the conditions to allow peace to hold and flourish.

The United Nations is currently made up of 193 Member States, and its mandate is carried out through six main UN organs: the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council, the International Court of Justice, and the UN Secretariat. The UN system also includes many affiliated programs, funds, and specialized agencies, all with their own membership, leadership, and budget. The programs and funds are financed through voluntary rather than assessed contributions. Specialized agencies are independent international organizations funded by both voluntary and assessed contributions.

United Nations Procurement

In 2014, the United Nations’ overall procurement volume (including goods and services combined) of UN organizations grew to $17.2 billion, from $16.1 billion in 2013 ‒ an increase of 7.2%. The U.S. was the largest country supplier to the UN system in 2014, capturing 8.7% of total UN procurement with a total procurement value of $1.5 billion.

The UN procures goods and services in a six key sectors, namely: health, transport, food and farming, construction and engineering, management and administrative services, and fuels and fuel additives. Please see “Doing Business with the United Nations” for additional information about United Nations procurement processes and about key procurement trends.

U.S. Commercial Service Business Services

The U.S. Commercial Service provides the following services to U.S. firms and organizations:

  • Counseling: One-on-one consultations on how to do business with the United Nations.
  • Market Research and Outreach: Information on United Nations project and procurement opportunities and business orientation seminars.
  • Key Contacts and Outreach: Appointments with United Nations procurement experts, as appropriate.

Contact

Susan Hettleman
Commercial Officer
(212) 471-0060
susan.hettleman@trade.gov


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