This report has been prepared by a team of global experts and World Bank consultants. The global stocktaking of public procurement explores the potentially catalytic role of public procurement as an important driver of improved governance through the application of a value-for-money imperative. The dynamism of public purchasing has, as its ultimate motivation, gains in “social value” derived from government provision of public goods and services. Social value, in turn, reflects country-driven aspirations for not only better economy and efficiency in public purchasing but also greater effectiveness and equity through increased transparency, accountability, inclusion, and sustainability.

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The GPP News Alert is issued monthly and provides short articles, forthcoming GPP events, new initiatives and guides, updates on relevant legislation, an interview with a key stakeholder, and summaries of GPP examples.

The December 2021 issue hosts an interview with Dr. Anastasia Zacharopoulou, a public procurement expert, working for the General Directorate for Public Procurement (GDPP) and president of the working group for the National Action Plan (NAP) for Green Public Procurement (GPP).

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FAO’s new publication on Public Food Procurement for Sustainable Food Systems and Healthy Diets.This publication aims to contribute to the improved understanding, dissemination, and use of Public Food Procurement (PFP) as a development tool in particular in the case of school meals programmes.In this report, researchers, policymakers, and development partners can find evidence on how PFP can be used as a development tool and deliver multiple benefits for multiple beneficiaries. It argues that PFP can provide a market for local and smallholder farmers, promote the conservation and sustainable use of agrobiodiversity, and improve the nutrition and health of children and communities.

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This report from the World Bank Group provides an overview of international experience in the implementation of Green Public Procurement (GPP). It focuses on the institutional framework that is needed to support the mainstreaming of GPP practices across government. The intention is to equip practitioners with a broad understanding of the issues they need to consider in the design and implementation of GPP reforms. The report draws on a wide range of country examples. It provides links to handbooks and tools for practitioners. Countries can make a start by launching pilot green tenders for commonly procured items, using simple environmental criteria such as ecolabels. Scaling up requires leadership and investments in an enabling framework. Central finance and procurement agencies play a critical role in this effort.

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Published in October 2021, the Guidelines give direction to SPP policy makers, experts and consultants on designing SPP policies and implementing them. They can be used as a step-by-step guide on how to set up and strengthen a country’s long-term work on SPP and are also intended to be a point of reference and inspiration on sustainable procurement in general. Their aim is to provide a common vision, language and framework for SPP and to guide stakeholders on how to effectively pave the way towards SPP implementation.

This second edition of the SPP Guidelines incorporates a large number of best practices and case studies mostly gathered in the countries supported by the organization since 2012. The methodology proposed by UNEP has also been revised to take into account the lessons learned in our various SPP projects.

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