Statement by Ambassador Joseph M. Torsella, U.S. Representative to the United Nations for UN Management and Reform, on the Report by the Government Accountability Office on Compensation for UN Staff, May 31, 2013

Ambassador Joseph M Torsella
U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform 
New York, NY
May 31, 2013


We welcome the release of a new report by the Government Accountability Office on compensation for UN professional staff and commend the GAO for the quality of its report. The U.S. Mission has long focused on UN compensation because a package that is both fair to employees and affordable for taxpayers is crucial to creating a sustainable UN that has the resources to do the important work we ask it to do around the world.

According to long-standing principles, UN compensation should be reasonably comparable to compensation for U.S. federal civil servants. We therefore welcome GAO’s recommendation to work with other member states to seek greater clarification of how the UN compares its salaries to salaries for U.S. federal civil servants. We further welcome the news that a forthcoming GAO report may provide a clear comparison of the entire package of salaries, benefits and allowances given to UN staff and U.S. federal civil servants. Having a clear comparison between these packages will help us significantly in our mission of promoting fiscal sustainability at the UN.


PRN: 2013/087