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Press Release 99/24

UNITED NATIONS OFFICE FOR PROJECT SERVICES OPENS AT FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION HEADQUARTERS IN ROME


Rome, 20 April --- The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has opened a regional office at the Headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), according to an FAO announcement released today. Attending last night's inaugural ceremony were: UNOPS Executive Director Reinhart Helmke, FAO Deputy Director-General David Harcharik and the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Fawzi H. Sultan.

FAO made office space available to UNOPS under a broad cooperation agreement signed between the two organizations earlier in the year. The Rome office is the latest in a series of decentralized offices and outposts established by UNOPS over the last five years aimed at "facilitating interaction with its clients" and being closer to its operational activities.

According to FAO, "This represents an important step towards the strengthening of cooperation between UNOPS and FAO."

UNOPS provides development services for implementation of projects undertaken by UN Member States. Its services include project management, and implementation of components of projects under execution by other organizations of the UN system or by national institutions. It also provides project supervision and loan administration services on behalf of international financial institutions and management services for multilateral, bilateral and beneficiary-financed projects. UNOPS is financed entirely through the revenue it collects for services rendered.

The new UNOPS Rome office will initially service a large programme of work with IFAD, as well as a number of activities funded by the Italian government. UNOPS' presence in Rome is expected to be instrumental in developing the service's partnership with other important UN organizations and other bilateral and multilateral development partners, interested in using UNOPS' services in the Mediterranean and Eastern European area.

Headquartered in New York, UNOPS had a long association with the United Nations Development Programme. Since 1 January 1995 it has been under the purview of the UN Secretary-General

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