Supply Annual Report 2002

The report provides detailed statistics on UNICEF's local and international procurement and other key results.


In 2002, UNICEF procured $541 million worth of supplies for children in 162 countries and territories. Access to essential commodities is an intrinsic part of child rights, the World Fit for Children declaration adopted in May 2002 by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and the UN Millenium Goals. Supply Division’s procurement is guided by UNICEF’s priorities (immunization ‘plus’, girls’ education, early childhood development, fighting HIV/AIDS and child protection). This framework underpins the report presented by Supply Division to the Executive Board in January 2003, as well as this report.

While vaccines and immunization supplies remained the largest commodity group expenditure (at $220 million), educational supplies became the second largest group for the first time ($52 million). This dramatic increase in education spending was mainly due to UNICEF’s assistance in Afghanistan. UNICEF’s other priorities were reflected in the purchase of medical supplies and equipment totalling $45 million, water and sanitation equipment for $38 million, pharmaceuticals for $17 million, and nutrition products for $16 million.

2002 was a year of gain consolidation for Supply Division. In the last two years, the percentage of on-time deliveries has doubled through a remarkable increase in productivity and the streamlining of our processes. As a result, our response to emergencies has become faster and more comprehensive.

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