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Doing Business with the United Nations

The UN represents a global market of more than US$17 billion annually for all types of goods and services, which presents an excellent opportunity for U.S. businesses. U.S. firms can successfully pursue United Nations these opportunities, and the U.S. consistently ranks as the largest supplier of goods and services to the UN system.

Doing business with the United Nations requires registration with the UN’s common procurement portal, United Nations Global Marketplace (UNGM) which can be accessed at www.ungm.org. UNGM enables vendors from around the world to register for procurement opportunities across the UN system. In turn, multiple UN agencies with the UN system can tap into the UNGM database of registered vendors to identify those vendors that meet their procurement needs. The 29 UN organizations utilizing UNGM as a vendor database account for over 99 percent of the total UN procurement spent. UNGM, therefore, provides an excellent springboard for U.S companies to introduce products and services to many UN organizations, countries, and regions by only completing one registration form.

For a more detailed introduction to United Nations procurement opportunities, including instructions for UNGM registration and information about key prospects for U.S. companies, please see the Commercial Service’s report on “United Nations Procurement: An Overview of the Process and Market Opportunities”.

The U.S. Commercial Service is also available to help with registration questions and one-on-one consultations on how to do business with the United Nations. Please contact us for further information.


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