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Supplies and Logistics

Supply Annual Reports - previous


In 2016, UNICEF procured $3.519 billion in supplies and services. Partnerships, competition and strategic procurement resulted in $588.2 million in savings. Healthy markets for life-saving supplies are essential for health, education, protection and social inclusion of every child. Procurement is also a strategic activity contributing towards social, economic and environmental sustainability. Analyses of vaccine markets give insights into seven decades of procurement scale, impact and lessons learned. The report also details commodity and service groups, UNICEF suppliers and procurement values for the year.
Supply Annual Report 2016 [PDF].


The 2015 Supply Annual Report provides an overview of key UNICEF Supply activities that focus on competition, transparency and collaboration to achieve sustainable markets to achieve value for money, working with governments and partners to build strong supply chains and build technical capacity, effective emergency response to support the millions of children caught in crisis and conflict, and real-time innovation to prepare and respond to health emergencies. Supply Annual Report 2015 [PDF].


The 2014 Supply Annual Report provides an overview of key UNICEF Supply activities and detailed statistics for the year. UNICEF procured over $3.3 billion worth of supplies and services for children, including $1.65 billion of supplies procured on behalf of 100 governments. The report shares insights into how the Supply Community – UNICEF’s  nearly 1,000 supply staff – helps UNICEF respond to the current global context of children’s needs. This includes working with industry to create competitive, sustainable markets to achieve value for money, sharing technical expertise that empowers governments and partners to build stable, efficient supply chains and innovation that improves or identifies new products that are better adapted, more affordable and more inclusive. Supply Annual Report 2014 [PDF].


The 2013 Supply Annual Report provides detailed statistics on UNICEF's local and international procurement and other key results. Over the year, UNICEF procured $2.8 billion worth of supplies and services for children in over 134 countries and areas. The 2013 report also focuses specifically on monitoring in the supply function – to ensure quality, effective procurement and timely delivery. Using product innovation, market influencing, supply chain optimisation and capacity development, UNICEF strives to reach the most vulnerable and excluded child. Supply Annual Report 2013 [PDF].




The 2012 Supply Annual Report focuses on UNICEF's work in developing and strengthening supply chains for children - both our own supply chains and those of governments and partners - to ensure children and women have equitable access to life-saving supplies. The Report also provides detailed statistics on local and international procurement and other key results. Supply Annual Report 2012 [PDF].



The 2011 Supply Annual Report has a special focus on UNICEF’s work on influencing markets for strategic essential products for children – detailing how substantial cost-savings were achieved for coming years, while high quality standards are maintained. The report also includes information on local and international procurement and other key results from the year. Supply Annual Report 2011 [PDF].



The 2010 Supply Annual Report supported UNICEF's commitment to transparency, providing information on local and international procurement and other key results from the year. The report also provided an overview of the Supply Function's emergency response efforts in a year that was unprecedented in terms of scale and complexity of emergencies. Supply Annual Report 2010 [PDF].



In 2009, UNICEF’s Supply Function continued to work in two overarching and complementary strategic areas – ensuring both the global availability and the local delivery of essential supplies for children. This report highlights Supply’s core activities and results during 2009, and provides an overview of our strategic focus areas. Supply Annual Report 2009 [PDF].



In 2008, we continued to employ strategies to ensure the necessary focus on essential commodities that have the highest impact on under-five child mortality. Through improved systems, more accurate forecasting, integration with programmes, implementing partners and suppliers, Supply is committed to ensuring the global availability of these goods. Supply Annual Report 2008 [PDF].



In 2007, UNICEF supplied vaccines reaching 55 per cent of the world’s children, antiretroviral medicines for 56 countries, and remained one of the largest buyers of mosquito nets and oral hydration salts for children and infants in the world. UNICEF also assisted 66 countries to respond to emergencies through the timely supply of essential commodities.Supply Annual Report 2007 [PDF].

In 2006, UNICEF procured vaccines for 40 per cent of the world’s children, antiretroviral medicines for 49 countries, and remained one of the largest buyers of mosquito nets and therapeutic food for children and infants in the world. Over 12 million children went back to school in 2006 with the support of UNICEF educational supplies. Supply Division Annual Report 2006 [PDF].


2005 was an extraordinary year with its series of natural disasters, food crises, and conflicts. Supply Division placed increased emphasis on emergency preparedness and response, including strengthening the capacity of governments and partners to prepare effectively, and develop joint emergency planning mechanisms. Supply Division Annual Report 2005 [PDF]. See also online version.


In 2004, the Division strengthened its expertise in the areas of antiretroviral medicines and emergency coordination. During the year, the second of UNICEF's emergency supply hubs opened in Dubai. A special panel on UNICEF Procurement Services explains its extended reach, and notable projects in 2004. Supply Division Annual Report 2004 [PDF]


Innovations in 2003 include the introduction of many new kits, and the opening of UNICEF's first strategic emergency warehouse in Johannesburg, South Africa. A special feature article on two very different emergencies in 2003 -Iran and Iraq - explains how UNICEF's emergency preparedness is critical. Supply Division Annual Report 2003 [PDF]



Innovations in 2002 included implementation of the warehouse barcoding system and on-line registration for Procurement Services customers. A special feature article on Afghanistan describes how the largest UNICEF purchasing project ever enabled 2.9 million Afghan children to return to school. Supply Division Annual Report 2002 [PDF]



Procurement of vaccines and immunization supplies totalled $261 million in 2001. This was reinforced by the implementation of GAVI. UNICEF’s other priorities were in purchasing of water and sanitation equipment ($55million), medical supplies and equipment ($38 million), education supplies ($34.6 million) and nutrition products ($19.4 million). Supply Division Annual Report 2001 [PDF]



In 2000, global procurement amounted to $502 million worth of supplies and services. Offshore procurement by Copenhagen and New York totalled $288 million, with UNICEF country and regional offices buying supplies worth $214 million. The Copenhagen warehouse shipped $56.3 million worth of goods. Procurement services orders amounted to $67 million. Supply Division Annual Report 2000 [PDF]




UNICEF Supply Catalogue

The UNICEF Supply Catalogue contains specifications for some 1,700 commodities based on the long experience of UNICEF Supply Division.

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