School Program, Closed on 2 Days Notice, May Re-Open by Fall,
July 29 -- Two weeks after Inner City Press last asked about
closure of its after school program on only two days notice
to parents, on which it exclusively reported in June, the UN on
Thursday provided an interim update: attempts
to replace the program continue.
City Press asked UN Associate Spokesman Farhan Haq
Press: a question I was trying to ask you that was related to my
UN Women’s question — it is whether you can confirm that Qatar
offered $100 million to have the headquarters of UN Women be in the
State of Qatar? Maybe you can ask Ms. Migiro, and you could also ask
Ms. Migiro if there is any update on the closure on two days’
notice of the UN’s after-school program, whether any alternate
space has been found?
Haq: I think we have already shared with you the
information that we have on that particular program.
Press: What did you share? That it be closed?
We had provided the information about that and our
basic concerns having to do with safety in construction zones.
Press: And in her briefing she said alternative space is being
Press: I’m just asking, has it been found?
No, not so far, no.
the UN Spokesperson's Office has provided this update:
earlier questions about the after-school program at UN
Headquarters, we have the following information to share:
Secretary-General is aware of the distress this decision has
caused to the affected parents and is cognizant of the concerns
expressed by many of their UN colleagues.
DSG Migiro, DM's Kane and OHRM's Pollard, after
school not yet shown
remains fully committed to achieving a work-life
balance at the UN; it is within this context and on his behalf that
the DSG therefore requested the Department of Management last month
to actively seek alternatives and to further explore options to
continue the programme.
of Human Resources Management have since met with
representatives of the affected parents, and held discussions with
representatives from the UN International School, to discuss the
feasibility of certain alternative options.
solution is still outstanding, the DSG is hopeful that the
consultations will bear fruit soon, and prior to the resumption of
the new school term.
Kane is giving this matter priority attention and the SG has
asked that relevant stakeholders be kept informed on progress.
while no solution has yet as of the end of July been found to the
closure on two days notice, one is hoped for by the UN before the
beginning of the school year. We'll see.
Since the above is an
update, we highlight another one,
For DSG Migiro, as of July 29, her daily schedule in the
Spokesperson's Office will list her as attending the already
consulted African Union summit in Kampala. Even with her away, her
office has been used, Inner City Press has learned, by the deputy
chief of staff to conduct interviews for posts -- on information and
belief, for the chief of UN Women. Watch this site.
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Care on Two Day Notice, Offers Gender Entity Post to
22 -- As the UN talks about establishing a new "Gender
Entity," offering the top post first to Chile's Michelle Bachelet
and now a Rwandan minister, Inner City Press is told, it has this
month unceremoniously eliminated the after school day care it for
years had offered to staff.
one impacted working mother. "They talk
about work life balance and advancing women, then cut this program on
only two days' notice."
day care, in
the UN Secretariat building, was discontinued on June
impacted parent only learned of it on June 16, too late to
put up a fight. The rationale is that with the UN's renovation, the
day care could only continue out in the "real" New York
west of 1st Avenue, where permits would be required.
UN's Ban and Ms. Bachelet, closure of UN day care not shown
June 22 the
UN posted this notice on its intranet:
study programme for United Nations children Posted:
Tuesday, 22 June 2010, New York | Author: Department of Management
Secretariat building is currently a construction zone, it is not
possible to house the After-school Recreation and Study Programme on
the premises due to lack of available space. Therefore, we regret to
announce, ST/IC/2010/17, that we are not in a position to offer the
Programme as of the end of the 2009/2010 school year, and we regret
any inconvenience that this will cause to parents.
were to move
the Programme to a rented building, we would be subject to New York
City laws and code compliance. In reality, this means that the
children participating in the Programme would have to be housed
preferably on the ground floor, but not above the third floor. The
child care space would also have to meet a number of other code
requirements including certain exit criteria and access to play
areas. Such a space is not available at this time. In addition, the
operator of this service would have to be fully licensed and
the UN's admission that has been below code compliance, and
less safe than certified, strange. They point out, for example, that
in the UN's DC-1 building on 44th Street and 1st Avenue there is a
barely used room next to the third floor cafeteria. "They just
don't think this is important," the working mother said. "And
yet they're naming a new Gender Entity." She laughed, but
bitterly. Watch this site.
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as "Slumlord," Forced Relocation in the End,
Ceiling Collapse Confirmed, Asbestos Denied but not Tested
28, updated -- Alongside the sealing off of the UN
Building, a new ceiling collapse in the General Assembly basement and
relentlessly upbeat storytelling by the UN about happy staffers and
even reporters in their new swing space, as in many refugee
situations it all comes down to force.
chief of the UN
Capital Master Plan Michael Adlerstein has written:
that you do not pack your materials as requested,
for your material to be packed and relocated to the Alcoa
space during the weekend of 29-31 May 2010. In either event,
telephone and computer connections will be relocated ... this
weekend, and the locks will be changed at your old office in the
Secretariat on Friday night. On Tuesday morning June 1, you will not
be allowed to enter your former offices."
New York or most real estate situation, there is no
possibility of appeal or any outside review. "It's like a threat
from a slumlord," one reader of the letter told Inner City
that Information Technology staff are, in fact,
remaining in the Secretariat high rise. It is unclear when they will
be moved to the basement of the North Lawn building.
workers at UN Television report they will be moved upstairs
"to where Verbatim used to be" -- that is, the Department
of General Assembly and Conference Management staff who were moved to
the bedbug ridden Albano Building swing space will not be coming
Moving, like it or not: garbage cart, Adlerstein as
locksmith not shown
series of CMP
related questions have been sent this morning to the spokespeople for
the Secretary General and for the CMP, including about yet another
ceiling collapse in the General Assembly lobby, the reported charging
of admission to see a film inside the UN, frozen and missing video
monitors and the future of the US Post Office inside the UN. Watch
p.m. -- from the UN, on one of eight questions:
your first question from CMP
From: UN Spokesperson -
Do Not Reply
Fri, May 28, 2010 at 12:09 PM
To: Inner City Press
another ceiling collapse in front of the gift shop, in the
public area of the UN.? Has the UN done testing to confirm that there
is not asbestos being released in the vicinity of visitors, including
children?? When were the tests done, and will the UN make them
sf of plaster have fallen down near the Gift Shop.
The plaster in that area had to be replaced a few times before due to
a recurring leakage problem. This plaster does not contain asbestos.
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UN, Adlerstein Demands Departure of Staff Union, CMP Won't Disclose
Luggage Building Lease Length
NATIONS, May 26 -- As the UN surrounds
its iconic skyscraper with a
blue plywood construction fence, inside a battle is brewing. The UN
Staff Union, with its longtime offices on the fifth floor, has yet to
be moved out. Capital Master Plan chieftain Michael Adlerstein
ordered them to leave on May 21 and again on May 24, but they did
not. He rejected their reasons, and has commanded that they will
move, like it or not.
visit to the
fifth floor on May 26 found moving boxes sitting empty. Construction
workers with hardhats passed through the hall, from working out on
the roof. Staff Union officials described their back and forth with
Adlerstein's envoy Ken Champion, who they say was reasonable.
finally, when they asked how their staffer would be put in harm's
way, Champion returned to say that Adlerstein said no, it didn't
matter, they would move. He argued that they are costing the UN
money, to continue services to the floor.
the 5th floor still works, but will not stop at 3, 4, 6, 8-12, 14 and
15. The information technology workers further upstairs will remain
for the foreseeable future, until their functions can be "migrated"
to the basement of the new North Lawn building. Great planning.
As UN empties, Union and IT workers remaining not shown
of Inner City Press' report that
the Capital Master Plan's lease
on the Albano "swing space" building on 46th Street runs
for a full ten years, the CMP has declined to disclose the length
the UN's lease of the 42nd Street "Innovation Luggage"
this is because it was the UN "Facilities Management
Service" that rented the Luggage Building, and not the CMP. Why?
Press is told by a well placed UN official that the CMP
was only authorized to lease a certain number of square feet of swing
space. Due to bad planning, much more is necessary. And so the
additional lease is run through FMS. But how? Where does this money
suddenly appear (and disappear) from? Watch this site.
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