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UNOPS Annual Report 2009

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UNOPS has published its 2009 annual report, detailing the support the organization provided to its partners' humanitarian, peacebuilding and development goals last year through the implementation of more than 900 projects around the world.

In 2009 UNOPS (the United Nations Office for Project Services) delivered more than $1.1 billion worth of support, often working in some of the world's most challenging environments. UNOPS provides services in project management, procurement, human resources and financial management to UN agencies, international financial institutions, governments, NGOs and others.

The organization helps its partners work towards the Millennium Development Goals - whether it is building schools, developing national capacity or providing support to elections.

As the lead United Nations entity for large-scale physical infrastructure projects in peacebuilding settings, UNOPS managed significant volumes of construction work in Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2009. UNOPS also undertook substantial efforts in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, continuing reconstruction following the 2004 tsunami.

Overall UNOPS supervised the construction or rehabilitation of 124 schools, 61 hospitals and health centres, 15 police stations, 30 prisons/detention centres and over 130 other government buildings in 2009.
UNOPS also built or fixed 18 bridges and over 2,200 kilometres of roads.
A vast range of state-of-the-art medical goods were procured for partners, equipping 26 medical centres and hospitals in Peru for example. UNOPS also procured more than two million bednets to reduce the threat of malaria in Asia. In total, UNOPS procured over 238 million doses of medicines around the world, including immunizations for tuberculosis and anti-malarial drugs. To combat HIV/AIDS alone UNOPS procured over 128 million doses.

UNOPS helped partners deliver training to more than 170,000 people in the fields of health, election monitoring and agriculture, among others.

It helped the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees support over 600,000 refugees and internally displaced persons. UNOPS implemented disaster preparation schemes that helped up to a million people.

UNOPS supported the implementation of 34 international waters projects and acted as the executing agency for the Small Grants Programme, administering almost 4,000 community grant projects in more than 120 countries.

It total the organization procured more than $870 million worth of goods and services in 2009.

UNOPS provided common services for other United Nations agencies, for example supporting United Nations missions in Haiti and Iraq, running compounds in Afghanistan and building facilities for the World Food Programme, the World Health Organization and UNDP, among others. Through UN Webbuy UNOPS procured over $68 million worth of goods ranging from vehicles to IT equipment.

Last year UNOPS completed the 2007-2009 business strategy and adopted the Strategic Plan 2010-2013, which spells out a refined mission and vision and will guide the organization over the next four years. This year's annual report follows the structure of the new Strategic Plan and reports on UNOPS operational results under the goals and cross-cutting concerns outlined in the strategy.

Improved financial and management control systems also helped the organization strengthen its financial position in 2009.

The 2009 Annual Report explains the above results in more detail as well as looking at the organizational improvements. It can be downloaded from the website in English, French or Spanish.