Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the move of the Japanese parliament to approve payments for the renovation plan for United Nations Headquarters in New York and for the world body’s expanding peacekeeping operations.
With the accelerated plan for the renovation of the United Nations Headquarters complex approved by the General Assembly last week, the world body is set to embark on an ambitious five-year overhaul that will result in a sustainable, modern, safe and efficient facility, the UN official overseeing the project said today.
Concerned about further delays to the renovation of the United Nations Headquarters complex in New York, the General Assembly’s budget committee has endorsed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s proposals to accelerate the much-needed overhaul.
Wrapping up the main part of its annual session, the United Nations General Assembly approved over $1.8 billion in funding for a comprehensive renovation of the world body's New York campus, drawing immediate praise from Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who has argued that the refurbishment is essential from a health and security standpoint, and promises to save costs in the long-run.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed an experienced architectural and health-care consultant and project manager as his Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of the plan to overhaul the United Nations deteriorating New York Headquarters. Louis Frederick Reuter IV of the United States will succeed Toshiyuki Niwa of Japan, who left to join the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).