Joseph M Torsella

We welcome the major first step toward streamlining the organization represented by the 2% reduction in the staffing table, for the first time in many years. As we have said many times, staffing costs represent the primary driver of the vast expansion in the UN regular budget in previous biennia and this agreement is a recognition that the first step in addressing spiraling costs is to eliminate unnecessary, duplicative or outdated posts. Likewise, we applaud the action taken today to freeze UN pay for one year and UN allowances for two. At a time when the budgets and crucial services of many common system organizations have been squeezed, these measures will hold compensation costs in place until we can act in the next session on the recommendations to bend the 5-year pay curve down to an appropriate level, and make the total compensation package more sustainable the session thereafter.

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    Remarks by Ambassador Joseph M. Torsella, U.S. Representative to the United Nations for UN Management and Reform, at the Conclusion of the 68th Main Session of the Fifth Committee, before the General Assembly Plenary
    Ambassador Joseph M Torsella
    U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform
    United States Mission to the United Nations
    http://usun.state.gov/briefing/statements/219133.htm

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