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Capacity Building for Sustainable Public Procurement in Developing Countries

February 2010

Quarterly Newsletter

Issue #02

Welcome to the newsletter of UNEP’s Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) project which aims at promoting the implementation of effective SPP policies in developing countries.
The SPP project is supported by the European Commission, Switzerland and the Organization of Francophone Countries.
For more information about SPP, click here.

Latest News from Marrakech Task Force Pilot Countries



Costa Rica, Chile, Tunisia, and Mauritius have signed agreements with UNEP to begin the implementation of the project. Uruguay will follow soon. For more details on the project visit our site.

Lebanon will join the project in 2010, thanks to the support of the IEPF (Institut de l'Énergie et de l'Environnement de la Francophonie).

Mauritius is the leading pilot country in the implementation of the Marrakech Task Force (MTF) on SPP Approach. Our partner in Mauritius, the Public Procurement Office (PPO), completed the SPP Status Assessment and has submitted the first draft of the Market Readiness Analysis.  The PPO has also confirmed that  thelegal framework in Mauritius is compatible with sustainable public procurement.

In Tunisia, 10 government representatives attended the regional training on the MTF approach to SPP that took place in Tunis on 7-10 December 2009. The implementation of the project officially started on 1 January 2010.

Following the successful implementation of its procurement reform, Ghana is ready to embark on SPP. Ghana has been a member of the MTF on SPP since 2006 and will be one of the pilot countries to test the SPP approach.


Regional Trainings on Sustainable Public Procurement


Training Workshop for Francophone Countries (Tunis, Tunisia)

Around 120 experts from  48 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe took part in training delivered by UNEP on the MTF on SPP during 2009 in Santiago, Mexico, Paris, Tunis and Kuala Lumpur.  To see agendas and participant lists of the trainings click here.

Tunis (Francophone Countries)

A regional training on the MTF approach on SPP for African Francophone countries took place in Tunis, Tunisia on 7-11 December 2009 with the participation of 28 government officials and NGO’s from 9 countries, including 2 representatives from Lebanon (the next pilot country) and a representative from the West African Economic and Monetary Union. The training workshop was organized by UNEP in collaboration with the Tunisian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (Ministère de l'Environnement et du Développement Durable - MEDD), the Institute for Energy and Environment of the Francophone Organization (Institut de l'Énergie et de l'Environnement de la Francophonie – IEPF) and the IDEAS Centre. The workshop provided a platform for exchange and debate for all participants. Read what the participants had to say:

“The training workshop was an opportunity for many French- speaking government […] to discover and / or deepen their understanding of the concept” Mr. Cheikh Fofana, Assistant to the Executive Secretary of the Interim Secretariat of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development – Senegal

… it enabled participants to exchange experiences of different countries in the area of sustainable procurement” Ms. Amal El Jurdi, Procurement Official Finance Institute Basil Fuleihan – Lebanon


Kuala Lumpur (Asian Countries)


Training Workshop for Asian Countries (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

UNEP organized a training workshop on SPP from 11th to the 15th December 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, in collaboration with the Green Purchasing Network Malaysia (GPNM).  The training was attended by 23 participants from 15 Asian countries and from the Asian Development Bank. The meeting was officially opened by Dr. Halim, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Green Technologies. The participants said the following:

“With the knowledge and experience that we have received from the training course as well as support that we hope to receive from UNEP in the future, we believe that appropriate policies on sustainable public procurement will be developed” Ms. Nguyen Thien Phuong, Department of International Cooperation and Science, Technology (ISD), Vietnam Environmental Administration – Vietnam



Elisa Tonda, new Resource Efficiency Regional Officer in Latin America and the Caribbean


Ms. Elisa Tonda

Elisa Tonda recently joined the team of the UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics. Based in the Regional Office in Panama, she is responsible for assisting UNEP DTIE colleagues in implementing Resource Efficiency / Sustainable Consumption and Production projects in Latin America and the Caribbean region.
Elisa joins UNEP after seven years with UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) in Vienna, where she contributed to the activities of the international network of National Cleaner Production Centres, with specific focus on the 12 Cleaner Production Centres located in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Other Procurement Related Events


International conference on Green Purchasing (Suwon, Korea)
The 3rd International conference on Green Purchasing took place in Suwon, Korea on 22 October, 2009. UNEP and the Swiss-led MTF on SPP organized two training sessions on the prioritization methodology developed by the Task Force (choice of priority spend categories by procuring entities).


Buy Green – International Forum for Green Procurement. (Cremona, Italy)
UNEP participated to the third edition of CompraVerde-BuyGreen, International Forum of Green Procurement that took place in Cremona from 8th to 10th October 2009. In order to meet and dialogue,public authorities, universities, representatives of the third sector, professional and sectorial associations, more than 150 public or private organizations, municipalities, provinces, regions, associations, networks and companies attended the event. With more than 60 conferences, seminars and workshops and the involvement of 150 speakers, this forum confirms that “buying green” helps the environment, saves money and supports the green economy.


Green Public Procurement – Taking it to the Next Level (Stockholm, Sweden)
The event Green Public Procurement – Taking it to the Next Level took place on 26th November, 2009 in Stockholm with approximately 120 people from all over Europe. The conference was held under the auspices of the Swedish EU Presidency and organized by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and The Swedish Environmental Management Council. Farid Yaker from UNEP also attended the meeting of the national EU GPP experts on Life Cycle Costing (LCC) which took place on 27th November 2009.

For more information about the GPP meeting click here. For more information about the LCC meeting click here. To read the conference review click here

High Level Forum on Public Procurement Reforms in Africa (Tunis, Tunisia)
Farid Yaker from UNEP took part in the 2nd High-Level Forum on Public Procurement Reforms in Africa that took place in Tunis from the 16th to the 17th of November 2009.  The Forum’s final Declaration highlighted the need to engage a second generation of reforms in order to improve the economic impact of public contracts and promote Africa’s sustainable socio-economic development. One of the key resolutions aims at “strengthening, pursuing and improving reforms of existing public procurement systems so as to make them more effective, efficient and transparent, through institutional capacity building and by ensuring systemic integrity”. A key outcome of the Forum was the establishment of an African stakeholders’ network in order to “mobilize stakeholders, facilitate information exchange, pool experiences and promote second generation public procurement reforms.”

To read more click here

United Nations Sustainable Procurement Activities

UNEP’s Sustainable United Nations Team has developed Procurement Guidelines for UN procurers on paper, stationery, cleaning products and ICT.  Guidelines for vehicles, catering and logistic services are under development. To access these guidelines click here.

For more information


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