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Ban Ki-moon proposes expediting Headquarters renovation project

Citing the need to make up for lost time and move ahead with renovating the United Nations Headquarters complex in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed a revised strategy that is “less risky, less expensive and faster” in the long run than the current seven-year, $1.9 billion plan.

Annan hails approval of $1.8 billion refurbishment of Headquarters complex

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.

Annan appoints experienced US project manager to head up plan to refurbish UN

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).