Fourth, we urge States to take action in support of the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons. It is important to remember that statelessness is solvable. This year UNHCR will launch a ten-year campaign for the eradication of statelessness globally. NGOs call on States to support UNHCR’s campaign, including by resourcing UNHCR, civil society and other actors to contribute to this global effort. A first and vital step in achieving this goal is to halt the spread of statelessness. Every effort must be made to ensure that no child has to face life without a nationality. The right of every child to a nationality is recognised in widely ratified international instruments, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child. States must first put in place robust safeguards for preventing and addressing statelessness within their own territories. All States who have not yet acceded to the Convention are called on to do so. Far greater recognition of the urgency of the situation and leadership must be shown by concerned actors in order to realise the commendable ambition articulated by UNHCR to eradicate statelessness within a decade. Civil society is committed to supporting these efforts, and encourages effective collaboration and partnership with all relevant stakeholders

 

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