UN Security and Capital
Master Plan Slammed for Bloat, Retaliation
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
NATIONS, March 5 -- The
UN's Department of Safety and Security, already embroiled in a scandal
pre-decided promotions, was slammed was wasteful in a recent report
on the Capital
Master Plan. Urging that the 108 new security jobs requested for the
renovation be scaled back, the UN's Advisory Committee on
Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) said that "their number could be
reduced....the resources requested for training could be further
forty percent." A/63/736.
As Inner City Press has exclusively
reported, the current head of
security for UN Headquarters, of whom the Staff Union has adopted a
of no-confidence, is said to be trying to shift to the Capital Master
ally Albert Lyttle, the author of the pre-selected promotion memo which
City Press obtained and put online last month, has lashed out at Staff
representatives, in a letter which Inner City Press is putting online
here. Inner City Press held off
publishing this letter, but in light of reports of retaliation against
whistleblowers, silence seems the wrong approach.
The letter concerns
at which the vote of no-confidence was
taken. Its claim of defamation seems tenuous at best. As one
observer put it,
if your own document defames you, the only one you have to sue is
Inner City Press asked the Capital Master Plan
spokesman if the head of
SSS was trying for a post with the CMP.
He answered, "there are no posts." But there are
proposed, to the UN's Fifth Committee. While ACABQ has proposed to
by 40%, several posts will still exist. Watch this site.
As CMP builds on North Lawn, nowhere to hide for DSS?
In other responses to Inner City Press' questions,
the CMP's spokesman
-- Mayor Bloomberg has issued a report on climate change which predicts
temperatures and sea levels for New York City (see e.g.,
NYC is taking steps to prepare for a rise in the sea
level between 7 and
23 inches, by among other things, raising water treatment equipment to
ground. Has the UN seen this report, and
is the UN taking any steps in its CMP to mitigate against the threat of
-- The Climate Risk Information by the New York City Panel on Climate
released on 17 February 2009, identifies some of the potential risks to
critical infrastructure of New York City posed by climate change. The
the CMP has seen this report, and will review it to determine if design
-- Doesn't the UNHQ sometimes flood now?
-- There is no flooding in the UNHQ caused by the proximity of the
the East River.
-- What changes have you made to your plans to accommodate this?
- See answer to Q1.
-- Also if you could describe why the staff assistance area in the 42nd
library was demolished yesterday? What else should be expected in the
-- The Volunteers Desk was moved from the Secretariat Lobby to the
Lobby in the General Assembly Building, since the Secretariat Building
begin undergoing renovation later in the year.
-- Which UN functions are slated to move not to Madison Avenue or the
building, but to the building on the corner of 2nd and 42nd with
Luggage (and a liquor store) on the ground floor? The Medical Service?
-- Although all our plans are subject to adjustments until the move
this time the Medical Service, staff from DGACM and DPI (Radio Section)
scheduled to move to 300 East 42nd Street.
-- Please provide an update on the status of the idea of charging the
rent or costs, in the swing space or upon return.
-- The issue is presently under review within the Secretariat.
-- Are there positions within the CMP which the current head of DSS's
his deputy are applying for? What would those positions be?
-- There are currently no vacant positions within the CMP.
-- Has the CMP (or wider UN if you can comment on that) had any money
financial institutions which have either been merged or received over
billion in TARP funds during this financial melt-down?
-- This question should be directed to the UN Treasury.
But the head of the office overseeing the UN
Treasury, Angela Kane of
the Department of Management, has since said she has no time to answer
and just to ask at the UN's noon briefing. Watch this site.
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and this October 17 debate, on
Security Council and Obama and the UN.
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