UNDP aims to provide quality services to support the delivery of projects

  • Fairness,Best Value for Money
  • Fairness, Integrity and Transparency
  • Effective International Competition
  • Interest of UNDP (economy, efficiency, equal opportunity to compete, transparency in the procurement process)
  • How UNDP DPRK does business

    A new and more stringent Financial Internal Control Framework has been developed specifically for UNDP operations in the DPRK, with special instructions applicable in addition to the standard UNDP rules and regulations for all UNDP DPRK business.

    The DPRK CO adheres to the Lists of Items Prohibited for Export to and Import from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea pursuant to UNSCR 1718 and verifies each requisition for goods against a list of prohibited items including the category “dual use” available at:  

    Special attention is given to equipment to ensure that procurement complies with UN rules and regulations and export licences, and that no equipment used for dual-use purposes.
    Procurement actions are reviewed by the Procurement Support Office and the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at Headquarters, which also conduct regular, in-depth country scans.


    The types of solicitation practiced by UNDP are as follows:

  • Expression of Interest (EOI)
  • Written communication by a supplier to provide information about its products, resources, qualifications and experience, in response to a particular EOI
  • Request for Quotation (RFQ
  • Less formal solicitation, value below US$ 150,000, standard specifications, product readily available on the market
  • Invitation to Bid (ITB)
    Formal solicitation, mainly for goods, value above US$ 150,000, lowest price compliancy and technical competency determining factors
  • Request for Proposal (RFP)
  • Formal solicitation, mainly for services, value above US$ 150,000, requirements possibly met in various ways, overall best solution will win the contract, not necessarily lowest price

    Green Procurement

    As part of its commitment to the environment and sustainable management of natural resources, UNDP actively promotes and implements Green procurement by requiring its staff to conduct all activities, including contracting with other entities, in a resource-efficient manner. UNDP's Green procurement policy is based on the following four "R" strategies:

  • Re-thinking the requirements to reduce environmental impact;
  • Reduce materials consumption;
  • Recycle materials/waste; and
  • Reduce energy consumption
  • UNDP is therefore selective in its choice of products, processes and services, taking into consideration the effects of energy consumption, toxicity, ozone depletions, radiations, and the use of recycled materials.

    Supplying the UN

    Interested suppliers are invited to visit the following UNDP and UN websites frequently for procurement guidelines, information and notices:
    UNDP Websites:  and
    UN Global Market:

    As the INCOTERMS used by UNDP DPRK is normally DDU, given the limited transportation companies available for local transportation service, please contact for more inquires to facilitate potential international bidders interested in engaging in the bidding preparation proces

    Procurement notices