UN Chief moves into newly renovated offices; praises their energy efficiencyListen /
This is an historic day for the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday as he moved into new offices at the newly-renovated UN Secretariat building.
The Secretary-General told reporters he was excited to be back to the landmark Secretariat building after it was beautifully renovated.
He pointed to the systems and the space, noting that they have all been transformed. As he put it, "Now we have modern and eco-friendly systems".
TAPE: Today marks a major step in the United Nations Secretariat's renewal. As you know, the United Nations has been leading by example in sustainable development. With this renovation we have reduced at least 50% of energy and water consumption and 40% of carbon production. Of course, we will continue to improve.
Secretary-General Ban expressed his immense gratitude to all Member States of the United Nations for their funding and for their patience and for their strong support.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.