Welcome to the United Nations. It's your world.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Off-the-Cuff

Secretary-General's comments to media at UNHQ about media arrangements during the forthcoming MDG and General Assembly sessions

New York, 16 September 2010

SG: Ladies and Gentlemen,

Before I leave for an unavoidable schedule, I would like to say just a few words to you.

I know that the General Assembly, where more than 140 Heads of State and Government are going to participate, and while this massive renovation is going on under the CMP [Capital Master Plan] project, it creates a lot of inconvenience for all of us, not only the delegations and Secretariat and particularly the media.

I know that you have serious concerns about your accessibility and your manoeuverability in covering a very important Summit meeting and General Debate.

I am fully aware of that, and I am very much grateful for your patience and forbearance about this.

But, having said that, that should not give any excuse, any reason to give any inconvenience to reporters. We highly value your work, your support for all the major agendas of the United Nations. You can be the connectors between the Secretariat and the Member States and worldwide.

In that regard, I highly appreciate your commitment and your support in covering important agendas.

This morning, having heard that you have such serious concerns, I have instructed Under-Secretary-General [Kiyo] Akasaka of DPI [Department of Public Information], and also security officers, to come out with a solution as to how we can provide better access, better facilities. I am sure that Mr. Akasaka and the Spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, will discuss with you in addressing your concerns. I hope in the meantime, you will be a little more patient.

Thank you very much.