The annual statistical report on United Nations procurement (ASR) provides an overview of procurement in the UN system in support of its operations, projects and programmes. Procurement includes all acquisition through purchase or lease of real property, goods or other products (including intellectual property), works or services, as defined by the UN procurement practitioner’s handbook. The report provides a range of information about the categories of goods and services procured by the UN system, as well as the countries from which these goods and services were procured.
The ASR was first presented in 1984 and was prepared by the Inter-Agency Procurement Services Office (IAPSO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and submitted to the 39th session of the General Assembly. By Resolution 39/220, the General Assembly established a need for regular reporting of this type of information and encouraged organizations of the UN system to participate in this important exercise. Since 2008, the report has been compiled by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).
The report includes statistics on procurement by UN organizations and by supplier country, including major purchase orders and contracts of UN organizations. The report also contains an analysis of sustainable procurement indicators, as well as collaborative procurement within the UN system.