Best value for money is defined – with respect to the goods or services sought – as the most advantageous balance between:
- Compliance with the technical requirements
- Cost, including total lifecycle cost when applicable
- Compliance with WMO standard contractual conditions
- Warranty and long term sustainability arrangements
- Ethical and environmental considerations
As part of this process, the following principles are followed:
- Full accountability and documentation
- Fair, open and international competition
- Promotion of ethical trading through procurement that supports the environment and the 10 principles of the United Nations Global Compact
WMO, in accordance with the policy of United Nations agencies participating in the United Nations Global Marketplace (UNGM, link below) , strictly enforces a zero tolerance approach to unethical, unprofessional or fraudulent actions by Vendors.
WMO promotes procurement from developing countries and countries with economies in transition, provided that this effort remains compatible with the objective of achieving best value for money.
Fairness and transparency are fundamental principles for WMO procurement activities. Bidders that believe they were not treated fairly in connection with a WMO procurement action may submit a Letter of Protest. In addition, WMO has a strict “No-gifts, no-hospitality” policy which is applicable to all Vendors. WMO personnel involved in the procurement process may not accept gifts or hospitality from current or potential Vendors.
To do business with the WMO, a Vendor must first be registered using the United Nations Global Marketplace (UNGM), Vendor registration portal. Details of the Vendor registration process can be found on the Vendor Registration page. Here you can find detailed instruction on how to register in the UNGM portal.
The WMO posts all tenders through the United Nations Global Marketplace (UNGM) and encourages potential vendors to register at the basic level through the UNGM.
For a full list of our Tenders, please visit the UNGM portal.
What we buy:
As an international organization, the WMO purchases a vast range of products and services from suppliers around the world. In 2016, 70% of WMO procurement activities were carried out in the following categories:
- Information Technology Service Delivery and software
- Facilities management services
- Security services
- Transportation, travel tickets and hotel rooms and services
- Meteorology instruments, satellite receiving equipment and services
- Radiosonde apparatus, weather stations and hydrological instuments
- Other specialized equipment
In addition, the WMO also procures corporate services, which include, but are not limited to:
Conference and translation services
- International and local consultancies
Public relations services
Please visit the UNGM portal for the Annual Statistical report on United Nations Procurement.
The WMO General Terms and Conditions:
It is mandatory that all suppliers who wish to do business with WMO should accept and abide by the WMO General conditions of contract for provision of Goods and Services.
The WMO Debriefing and Protest Procedures: