Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the Trump administration on Tuesday that if the United States disengages from many issues confronting the international community it will be replaced — and that won’t be good for America or for the world.
Guterres made clear to reporters at his first press conference here since taking the reins of the United Nations on Jan. 1 that proposed cuts in U.S. funding for the U.N. would be disastrous and create “an unsolvable problem to the management of the U.N.”
The secretary-general, who served as U.N. high commissioner for refugees for 10 years, chose World Refugee Day for the press conference and appealed to all U.N. member states not to refuse entry to those seeking asylum and deserving protection.
He also urged rich countries to do much more to support the 80 percent of the world’s refugees living in the developing world — and to increase the number of refugees they will give new homes to.
The United States is “by far the largest resettlement country in the world” with a “very generous and positive policy,” Guterres said.
But Trump is moving to significantly reduce the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States, even as his bid to temporarily suspend admissions is stalled in the courts. His budget proposal calls for a 25 percent cut in funds for resettling refugees on American soil.
Guterres said he has strongly encouraged the United States “to come back to the levels of resettlement that we witnessed until two or three years ago.” (AP)
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Syrian refugee women, who fled with their family from the city of Raqqa, Syria, pick cucumbers in a field, in the eastern city of Baalbek, Lebanon, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. The U.N. children’s agency says the European Union has donated 90 million euros ($100.3 million) that will help provide critical services and support to Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. UNICEF said in a statement Tuesday that the donation on World Refugee Day will help it along with host countries to provide hundreds of thousands of children and young people with access to education, vocational training and psychological support. (Photo: Bilal Hussein/AP)
Rohingya refugee children attend a Madrassa, or Islamic religious school in a temporary shelter on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Facing persecution in Myanmar, thousands of members of Myanmar’s minority Rohingya community have crossed over to India over the past years. Tuesday marks World Refugee Day. (Photo: Channi Anand/AP)
Pema Kyi, a 40-year-old exile Tibetan, sells Tibetan bread by the roadside in Dharmsala, India, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Pema, who lives alone, came into exile seven years ago and supports herself by baking and selling bread. (Photo: Ashwini Bhatia/AP)
An Afghan refugee woman sits with her children at the registration center of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on June 19, 2017 ahead of the World Refugee Day. A record 370,000 Afghans left Pakistan last year, many of whom were second or even third generation migrants of people fleeing the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan during the 1980s, surging from 55,000 the year before. (Photo: Abdul Majeed /AFP/Getty Images)
Displaced Iraqi children stand behind a fence at the Hasan Sham camp for Internally Displaced People on June 10, 2017. (Photo: Mohaned El-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images)
A displaced Iraqi woman wipes away tears at the Hasan Sham camp for Internally Displaced People on June 10, 2017. (Photo: Mohaned El-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images)
Nigerian IDPs (Internal Displaced Persons) hold a placard reading “we need peace to survive” during the visit of the Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to the Bakassi IDPs camp in Maiduguri on June 8, 2017, to launch a major humanitarian aid program. (Photo: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)
The face of an Internally Displaced Person (IDP) is lighted by a torch light at a camp for IDP’s fleeing from the conflict in the Kasai Province on June 3, 2017 in Kikwit, Democratic Republic of Congo. (Photo: John Wessel/AFP/Getty Images)
A boy holds his teddy bear as he waits with other Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) for a daily food ration at a camp for IDP’s fleeing the conflict in the Kasai Province on June 7, 2017 in Kikwit, Democratic Republic of Congo. (Photo: John Wessel/AFP/Getty Images)
A displaced Iraqi woman hangs laundry between tents at al-Khazir camp for the internally displaced, located between Arbil and Mosul, June 5, 2017. (Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on June 5, 2017 shows a displaced Iraqi child inside a tent at al-Khazir camp for the internally displaced, located between Arbil and Mosul. (Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)
Displaced Iraqis play football during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at al-Khazir camp for the internally displaced, located between Arbil and Mosul, on June 5, 2017. (Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)
A South Sudanese refugee boy plays with a ball made from plastic bags and string, on the day that much of the world watch the 2017 Champions League final, on a dirt pitch in Bidi Bidi refugee camp in northern Uganda, Saturday, June 3, 2017. Bidi Bidi is a sprawling complex of mud-brick houses that is now the world’s largest refugee settlement holding some of those who fled the civil war in South Sudan, which has killed tens of thousands and driven out more than 1.5 million people in the past three years, creating the world’s largest refugee crisis. (Photo: Ben Curtis/AP)
A family breaks their fast on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, at al-Khazir camp for the internally displaced, located between Arbil and Mosul, on May 27, 2017. (Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)
16-year-old Amor Biro from Syria works out at the refugee camp of Ritsona about 86 kilometers (53 miles) north of Athens, May 26, 2017. Amor and his family wants to go to Germany. On World Refugee Day, more than 60,000 refugees and migrants are still stranded in Greece in a process barely moving: Forward to other countries of the European Union, or back to Turkey under a deportation deal launched 15 months ago. (Photo: Petros Giannakouris/AP)
A Pakistani migrant wrings out a t-shirt near the Souda refugee camp by the beach, where hundreds of refugees and other migrants live in makeshift tents on Chios island, Greece, June 9, 2017 . On World Refugee Day, more than 60,000 refugees and migrants are still stranded in Greece in a process barely moving: Forward to other countries of the European Union, or back to Turkey under a deportation deal launched 15 months ago. (Photo: Petros Giannakouris/AP)
Three-year-old Ragika from Syria plays with a toy horse at the refugee camp of Ritsona about 86 kilometers (53 miles) north of Athens, Greece, May 25, 2017. (Photo: Petros Giannakouris/AP)
Refugees and other migrants pray inside a tent at the refugee camp of Ritsona about 86 kilometers (53 miles) north of Athens, Greece, May 25, 2017. This trailer is being used as a mosque in the camp. (Photo: Petros Giannakouris/AP)
Relatives escort a Dinka woman affected by cholera to a temporary hospital in Mingkaman, a camp for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) on April 26, 2017, in the Eastern Lakes States, South Sudan. Many of the displaced people have crosssed the Nile to reach the Mingkaman camp from neighboring states.(Photo: Fabio Bucciarelli/AFP/Getty Images)
New arrivals at the protection of civilians (PoC) site access to water in Wau, South Sudan, April 20, 2017. A recent upsurge in violence beginning April 10 has displaced thousands of people in South Sudan’s Wau town. Between April 10 and 12, approximately 4,000 people arrived at the PoC site adjacent to the UN Mission in South Sudan base, joining more than 25,200 internally displaced persons already seeking refuge in the site. (Photo: Nektarios Markogiannis/UN)
A displaced Yemeni woman poses with her children in a temporary shelter at a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen on April 15, 2017. (Photo: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)
The Hassan Shan camp in northern Iraq was opened by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in November 2016 to help accommodate people displaced from Mosul since the start of the offensive to retake Iraq’s second city from ISIL the previous month. Secretary-General António Guterres visited the camp on March, 31, 2017. (Photo: Sarmad Al-Safy/UN )
A young boy is seen at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, where nearly 80,000 Syrian refugees are living, March 27, 2017. (Photo: Sahem Rababah/UN)
Iraqis, displaced from Mosul, raise their hands as they receive aid rations the Hammam al-Alil camp for the internally displaced, south of Mosul, on March 16, 2017, during an offensive by security forces to retake the western parts of the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. (Photo: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)
An acute malnourished child is measured the arm perimeter by a UNICEF staff inside the Internally Displaced Persons camp in Doolow, a border town with Ethiopia, in Somalia, on March 20, 2017. One out of seven Somali children dies before its fifth birthday, and acute malnutrition weakens the immune system, which makes affected children more susceptible to disease such as measles, a UN spokesman told reporters earlier this month. In Somalia, drought conditions are threatening an already fragile population battered by decades of conflict. Almost half the population are facing acute food insecurity and in need of humanitarian assistance. Some 185,000 children are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year, and the figure may rise to 270,000 in the next few months, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in February. (Photo: Xinhua/Sun Ruibo via Getty Images)
An elderly woman begs for food at an Internally Displaced Persons camp on the outskirts of Dinsor, Somalia, March 8, 2017. Somalia is in the grip of an intense drought, induced by consecutive seasons of poor rainfall. The country is on the brink of a famine, just six years after another famine led to the loss of a quarter of a million lives. In the worst-affected areas, inadequate rainfall and lack of water have wiped out crops and killed livestock, leaving half the population (6.2 million people) in need of humanitarian assistance. Nearly 3 million of these people cannot meet their daily food requirements. Over a quarter of a million people fled their homes between November 2016 and the end of February 2017. More than 11,000 cases of acute watery diarrhea (AWD)/cholera have been reported, including 268 related deaths, as drought conditions worsen across the country. (Photo: Giles Clarke/Getty Images)
A young Somali girl smiles while standing in the doorway to her home at the Dayniile Persons (IDP) camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, on March 6, 2017. (Photo: Tobin Jones/UN)
Sudanese girls sit in a classroom at the El-Riyadh camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Geneina, the capital of the state of Sudan’s West Darfur, on Feb. 8, 2017. (Photo: Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images)
An internally displaced Syrian woman, who fled from East Ghouta region as Assad Regime violates the ceasefire on ongoing civil war, carries a bundle of tree branch at a makeshift camp, relatively safer than their home neighborhoods in Damascus, Syria on Jan. 10, 2017. (Photo:Tarik al Masri/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Residents are seen in the resettlement area in Palau Veemankamam South Village in Jaffna District, Sri Lanka during Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit, where he toured a shelter run by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR); and latrines and well renovations administered by the UN Children Fund (UNICEF), Sept. 2, 2016. He also held a discussion with community representatives. The resettlement project was funded by the UN Peacebuilding Fund. (Photo: Eskinder Debebe/UN)
Migrants, most of them from Eritrea, jumps into the water from a crowded wooden boat as they are helped by members of an NGO during a rescue operation at the Mediterranean sea, about 13 miles north of Sabratha, Libya, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. (Photo: Emilio Morenatti/AP)
A man holds himself on the side of a boat after jumping into the sea from a crowded wooden boat during a rescue operation at the Mediterranean sea, about 13 miles north of Sabratha, Libya, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. (Photo: Emilio Morenatti/AP)
Alpha Saliou Diallo, an refugee from Guinea, holds his daughter Aisha after he became a U.S citizen during a special naturalization ceremony commemorating World Refugee Day at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, Monday, June 20, 2016, in New York. (Photo: Kathy Willens/AP)