This hearing will focus on the continuing lack of transparency for the massive UN renovation project in Turtle Bay, Manhattan. This is a follow up to last year’s hearing, where the UN was called to account for wasted design money and a flawed and over-priced ($1.2 billion) plan. Now the plan’s cost projection has sky-rocketed to $1.7 billion, millions more have been spent on new designs, and an itemized cost projection is still not available. The lack of transparency is a case study in the larger lack of transparency, accountability, financial and ethical integrity at the international body.
Permanent U.S. Representative to the United Nations
Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
Director, International Affairs and Trade Team
Government Accountability Office