UN High Commissioner refugee chief warned American funding is “vital”

Vastavam web: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi met US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today and warned that American funding is “vital” to his mission to help victims of the world’s wars.The pair met at Tillerson’s hotel in New York ahead of the United Nations General Assembly, where officials are to debate US demands for reform to the world body’s budget — including cuts to Washington’s contributions.At a photo opportunity with Tillerson, he was asked whether the UNHCR could continue to meet its current workload without US funding, he said: “I would say no.”
“US aid is vital to what we do to support refugees around the world and to find solutions to their situations,” he added, before reporters were ushered out and the pair began their meeting.Last year, the United States was the number one contributor, providing USD 1.5 billion to the USD 4 billion annual budget.