UN General Assembly president regrets USA withdrawal from global migration compact

UN General Assembly president regrets USA withdrawal from global migration compact

The United States has announced that it will not participate in the United Nations' Global Compact on Migration as it does not meet the policies and principles of the Trump administration.

The US has been a part of the non-binding New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants since it was unanimously adopted by the UN General Assembly past year.

Continuing his "America First" approach to foreign policy, President Donald Trump has pulled the US out of a United Nations compact seeking global cooperation to protect the safety and rights of refugees and migrants.

UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak on Sunday expressed regret over a USA decision to withdraw from the global migration compact, a UN-led process toward safe, orderly and regular migration. She said that the global view in the New York Declaration is not favorable to American sovereignty.

In September of 2016, the members of the U.N. General Assembly unanimously adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, a non-binding declaration committed to upholding the rights of refugees that sought to enhance worldwide coordination on migration.

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Miroslav Lajcak of Slovakia, the current UN General Assembly president, said Sunday that he regretted the decision.

The United States has withdrawn from a United Nations pact to commit to protect and preserve rights of migrants and refugees.

Declaring that he was "elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris", Mr Trump complained that the accord gives other countries an unfair advantage over U.S. industry and destroys American jobs.

Despite the US withdrawal, the United Nations should not miss this opportunity to improve the lives of millions of people throughout the world through global migration compact, it said.

Migrant-rights advocates expressed a mix of shock and bafflement at the Trump administration's announcement, asserting that nothing proposed in the Global Compact would be mandatory. "But our solutions in the field of migration policy should be adopted only by the Americans and no one else", the statement reads. "As such, it has the experience and expertise to help ensure that this process leads to a successful outcome".

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The U.S. withdrawal came just before the Monday start of a global conference on migration in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Haley's predecessor Samantha Power mocked the USA move.

"As a result, President Donald Trump determined that the United States would end its participation in the compact process".

More recently, American pulled out of the Paris-based culture and education body, Unesco, accusing it of "anti-Israel bias".

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