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Common Procurement Activities Group (CPAG) - Delivering as One!



The Common Procurement activities Group (CPAG) is leading efforts towards the simplification and harmonization of procurement practices within the Geneva-based international organizations, with the objective of increasing efficiency and effectiveness of the United Nations procurement activities. The aim of the Group is to build more effective, coherent and better-performing business practices and to lower cost of commonly required goods and services for all its members due to volume purchase agreements.

The Group "Delivering as One" is effectively collaborating on more than 20 procurement projects. The CPAG yearly estimated cost avoidance was close to USD 30 million, including travel services and airline negotiations; electricity supplies; ICT goods and services; office supplies, paper and other goods and services (www.cpag.org).

CPAG is a successful example of a group-led procurement strategy based on the shared goals of pooling experience and research, exchanging best practices and collaborating on procurement projects. CPAG is achieving these goals through:
  • Promoting the standardization among member organizations of procurement policies, standards, procedures and procurement training programmes;
  • Benefitting from economies of scale by pooling procurement requirements in the Geneva duty station;
  • Promoting the standardization of goods, works and services in use among Geneva-based agencies;
  • Enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of procurement operations by enabling member organizations to benefit from the results of the procurement activities of other members.

The Statutes for the Common Procurement Activities Group (CPAG) were adopted by the United Nations Office at Geneva and specialized agencies, funds and programmes on 22 April 2005. Previously, this inter-agency group established on 15 May 1952 was called the Committee on the Coordination of Purchase and Supply services of the United Nations Office and Specialized Agencies at Geneva.

The CPAG Secretariat is managed by the Procurement and Contracts Unit of the United Nations Office at Geneva.

CPAG comprises the following 16 members:

Click here to download the 2012 CPAG annual report.