New U.S. Embassy in London Receives Award of Excellence from Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

21 Jan

Office of the Spokesperson

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), a leading international organization in the field of tall buildings and urban sustainability, honored the U.S. Embassy in London as a 2020 Award of Excellence Winner in the Best Tall Building Under 100 Meters category.

The Embassy, recognized for its exceptional environmental leadership and energy-efficient design, showcases the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations’ (OBO) commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable innovation. Designed by Philadelphia-based architecture firm Kieran Timberlake and constructed by B.L. Harbert International, the building incorporates multiple energy conservation strategies, including daylight-responsive lighting and shade controls, passive and active chilled beams, efficient mechanical systems, and combined heat and power generation. Renewable energy is harnessed through the use of photovoltaic technology and ground source heat pumps, which use energy from the earth to heat and cool the building. The Embassy represents the best of U.S. architecture, engineering, and technology and sets a new standard for the design of diplomatic campuses overseas.

The U.S. Embassy in London was honored alongside other projects around the world that have contributed to the advancement of tall buildings and urban environments. CTBUH will officially present the award at the 2021 Tall & Urban Innovation Conference in May.

Since the start of the Department’s Capital Security Construction Program in 1999, OBO has completed 164 new diplomatic facilities. OBO currently has more than 50 active projects either in design or under construction worldwide.

OBO provides safe, secure, functional, and resilient facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation and that support U.S. diplomats in advancing U.S. foreign policy objectives abroad.

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Biden To Unveil National Response After Trump Left No Plan And Made Containing COVID More Difficult

21 Jan

Today, President Biden will unveil a highly coordinated national federal strategy to combat the pandemic, which Trump repeatedly failed to do. The Trump administration left Biden no vaccine distribution plan whatsoever and its poor management of the crisis has only made Biden’s task of containing the coronavirus even more difficult.

Today, President Biden will unveil a highly coordinated federal response to the pandemic, which Trump refused to implement.

New York Times: “President Biden planned to use Thursday, his first full day in office, to go on the offensive against the coronavirus, with national strategy that includes aggressive use of executive authority to protect workers, advance racial equity and ramp up the manufacturing of test kits, vaccines and supplies. The ‘National Strategy for the Covid-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness,’ previewed Wednesday evening by Mr. Biden’s advisers, outlines the kind of muscular and highly coordinated federal response that Democrats have long demanded and that President Donald J. Trump rejected. Mr. Trump insisted that state governments take the lead.”

The Trump administration badly managed the pandemic and left President Biden no vaccine distribution plan whatsoever.

CNN: “Newly sworn in President Joe Biden and his advisers are inheriting no coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to speak of from the Trump administration, sources tell CNN, posing a significant challenge for the new White House.”

The Daily Beast: “The Biden administration came into power with purpose and an extensive agenda to combat the coronavirus pandemic, but purpose and planning only gets you so far—particularly when the president’s team is only just now getting a clear picture of how badly the previous administration had managed the crisis.”

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Special Representative Outlines Priority Areas for Progress in Colombia, as Security Council Members Share Concern over Continuing Deadly Attacks

21 Jan
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Top Official Calls Upon Security Council to Deploy More Peacekeepers in Central African Republic, amid Post-election Surge in Violence

21 Jan

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Calling for Greater Efforts to Promote Culture of Tolerance, General Assembly Adopts Resolution Condemning Offences against Religious Sites

21 Jan

Calling for greater efforts to promote a culture of tolerance and peace at all levels, the General Assembly adopted a resolution today inviting the Secretary‑General to convene a global conference aimed at advancing the United Nations Plan of Action to Safeguard Religious Sites, involving Governments, political figures, religious leaders, civil society and the media, among other stakeholders.

Deputy Secretary-General Calls for ‘Stronger and Fairer’ Revenue Base,Progressive Policies amid COVID-19, Opening Nigeria Tax Dialogue

21 Jan

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed’s message on the importance of domestic resource mobilization for the Sustainable Development Goals, at the opening of Nigeria’s tax dialogue, held today: