The Secretary-General of the organization, Antonio Guterres, explained that initially, employees will have to be at the workplace “one day a week or more.”
The staff of the UN headquarters in New York will gradually return to full-time work from July 6 in light of the easing of sanitary restrictions imposed in the largest metropolitan area of the United States due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is stated in a letter issued on Monday by the Secretary-General of the world organization, Antonio Guterres, to UN staff.
The document states that the number of cases of infection with the new coronavirus has decreased in the city in recent months. Guterres said that from July 6, “the UN headquarters in New York will meet the requirements for a full return to face-to-face business”, taking into account possible restrictions on the maximum number of people allowed in the building.
“This means that from July 6, 2021, it is expected that all personnel who have worked five days a week in remote mode since the approval of the alternative schedule in March 2020, will gradually return to their jobs,” the Secretary-General explained. As Guterres assured, “this does not mean a mass return to the offices in July.” He explained that initially, the staff of the world organization will have to be in the workplace “one day a week or more”. The document clarifies that there are various exceptions to this rule. Guterres also expressed confidence that in the future, “many of the benefits of working remotely” will be taken into account in the preparation of schedules for the staff of the world organization.