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UN Glossary of Procurement Terms

Access to glossary of procurement terms from United Nations’ Procurement Handbook added to PMWL

15 March 2017 – New York City, NY, USA - A new resource has been added to the PM World Library (PMWL) in the Glossaries and Dictionaries section.  The new resource is titled "UN Glossary of Procurement Terms."

Program and project management professionals need to understand the meanings of many PPM terms and phrases.  Knowledge of specialized acronyms and terms used for communications, contracting and procurement, finance and cost control, general management, leadership, quality, scheduling and time management, and other skills and functions can also be very useful.  This is especially true when crossing borders or industries.

The UN Glossary of Procurement Terms is from the United Nations' Procurement Practitioners Handbook produced by the Interagency Procurement Working Group (IAPWG) in 2006. The glossary of terms was updated reflecting the Procurement Network's agreed harmonized definitions for procurement-related terms. Revision 1.1 (Sep. 2012). To implement and realize programmes and projects within the UN system, many organizations require specific goods, services and works. UN procurement is an essential function to achieve organizational mandates and in some cases it is seen as a model for developing the capacity of recipient governments.

To access this new resource, go to Glossaries section in the PMWL at, click on “Glossaries for Applications, Skills and Support Functions”, then scroll down “Contracting and Procurement Terms” to find this resource.  Free access, but must be registered and logged in.