Construction Gives Rise to Gallows Humor at the U.N.

While the iconic United Nations building undergoes a $1.9 billion dollar renovation, some of its most important offices—including that of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon—have moved into a drab, three-story corrugated aluminum box.

“The morale among the people in the secretary general’s office has never been lower,” one U.N. official transferred to the new building told Foreign Policy‘s U.N. blog, Turtle Bay. “Everybody is profoundly depressed and demoralized because they are put into windowless, airless cubicles that are completely inhumane.”

Of course, you can’t put people who deal with the world’s worst tragedies in such subhuman conditions without them coming up with a bleak nickname.