Press Release

Invitation to Ukrainian businesses to join the UN Procurement and Vendor Fair in Odesa

04 October 2023

Empowering Ukrainian Companies to Access United Nations Business Opportunities

Following a successful first event in Kyiv in March, which led to over 700 Ukrainian businesses joining the UN Global Marketplace, the UN in Ukraine is partnering with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Odesa Regional Administration and the NGO United Activities in hosting a second UN Procurement and Vendor Fair in Odesa on 16 October.

The aim of the event is to increase awareness of UN procurement practices among Ukrainian businesses and expand the pool of vendors with whom the UN does business. The fair is targeting the participation of local businesses from Odesa, Mykolaiv, Kherson and the wider region.


Date and time: 16 October 2023, from 09:00 to 15:00

Venue: to be announced to registered participants, and online via Zoom.

Registration: please register for the event via link before 11 October 23:59.

Event language: Ukrainian and English.


We are welcoming Ukrainian businesses to participate in the event.


Background information:

In 2022, the United Nations (UN) spent a total of USD 29.6 billion on procurement of goods and services worldwide. Of this amount, Ukrainian businesses secured contracts worth USD 474 million, a twofold increase compared to 2021. In addition, the UN provided a significant boost to the Ukrainian economy by injecting USD 1.2 billion in cash assistance. This assistance reached 5.96 million people nationwide, with a specific allocation of USD 64 million going to Odessa, where it supported over 368 thousand individuals.

The UN will continue an upward trend in procurement volumes for humanitarian response and recovery in Ukraine throughout 2023. The UN operates through 24 entities in Ukraine, several of which engage in significant procurement activities. To date, approximately $479 million has been disbursed as cash transfers, with an estimated USD 200 million amount for procurement of goods and services.

The UN in Ukraine procures goods and services from private sector through the UN Global Marketplace Platform. It is a unique platform where all UN entities publish procurement offers. The platform is a "single window" to the procurement world of the UN, through which businesses can track tender announcements and submit proposals.


For queries, please contact Mariia Lemberg at, and Ahmad Mohseni at

UN entities involved in this initiative

United Nations Resident Coordinator Office

Goals we are supporting through this initiative