Earlier today, the United Nations’ Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, addressed all UN staff in the new UNICEF warehouse in Copenhagen. He spoke about sustainability, the current world situation, the Millennium Development Goals, and about working together as One UN in the new UN City building that will be inaugurated next year – bringing together all UN agencies in the world’s sixth largest UN city. He also mentioned the UN reform and how we have to be more effective, creative and cooperative between the agencies in order to work for less and “cut off the fat”, i.e. reduce unnecessary costs. “Because nobody wants to carry the body fat. [sic!]” Ban Ki-moon was a humble man with a sense of humour and an ability to make a formal speech sound informal and simple. In the end a photo was taken with the Secretary General together with the entire UN family. I hope I didn’t blink.
I envy you so much!