“The United Nations purchases goods and services valued at more than $3 billion annually, but many suppliers know little about how to penetrate this market,” UNOPS said in a statement. Procurement experts from the UN and other institutions are on hand at the seminars to offer guidance to suppliers in identifying sales opportunities, bidding on contracts, and understanding the intricacies of doing business with the international community.”A lot of businesses know that the United Nations would be interested in their goods or services, but don’t have a clue about whom to contact or where to look for opportunities,” said Joseph Kelly of the UNOPS Division for Legal and Procurement Support. “Our business seminars are designed to eliminate the confusion and help buyers and sellers find each other.”The seminars are part of a larger event – the International Aid and Trade 2001 conference, which brings together top officials from governments, development banks, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and UN agencies to explore ways in which government procurement systems can bolster socio-economic progress in industrialized and developing countries.UNOPS is the arm of the UN that provides project-management services in every field where the UN has a mandate – from landmine awareness to public sector reform, from informatics solutions to eradicating poverty. Upon request, UNOPS will manage development projects from start to finish or provide ad hoc services, including selecting and hiring project personnel, procuring goods, organizing training, managing financial resources and administering loans.The International Aid & Trade 2001 conference, which is taking place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, includes a trade show where more than 350 vendors are displaying their wares to procurement representatives from the UN, non-governmental organizations and international financial institutions.
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“All agreed that the chapter on security and guarantees is of vital importance to the two communities,” Secretary-General Guterres said at a press stakeout at the UN Headquarters, in New York, alongside the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akıncı, late last evening.“Progress in this chapter is an essential element in reaching an overall agreement and in building trust between the two communities in relation to their future security,” he added.The leaders also agreed to continue in parallel the bi-communal negotiations in Geneva on all other outstanding issues, starting with territory, property and governance and power-sharing.The UN chief and the leaders also agreed that all issues will be negotiated interdependently, as per the joint declaration of 11 February 2014.Further in his remarks, Mr. Guterres said that his Special Adviser, Espen Barth Eide, would engage with all participants in the preparation of a common document to guide the discussions on security and guarantees, based on the outcome of the meetings of the conference on Cyprus in Geneva and Mont Pelerin.In the follow-up to this meeting, the Secretary-General will reach out to the other participants of the conference: Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom and the European Union as an observer.Separately, speaking to the media today at the UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Eide highlighted that the meeting between the two leaders was “frank and honest” and that while issues remained, both sides have a “shared vision of a united Cyprus”.On the upcoming talks, he said that they would be “in principle open ended” and that there would not be an end date “because the end date is when we have solved the problem or, of course, concluded that it’s unsolvable.” “We believe it will take some time, maybe […] up to two weeks.”