This paper presents successful examples from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Jordan, Kenya and Thailand on how statelessness has been addressed through birth registration, and the role Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and CVRS initiatives in Asia and Africa played. The paper links the lack of birth registration to the risk of statelessness, discusses current challenges to birth registration and UNHCR’s current engagement in this field.
UNHCR is publishing a series of Good Practices Papers to help States, with the support of other stakeholders, achieve the goals of its #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness by 2024. These goals are to:
- Resolve the major situations of statelessness that exist today
- Prevent the emergence of new cases of statelessness
- Improve the identification and protection of stateless populations
Each Good Practices Paper corresponds to one of the 10 Actions proposed in UNHCR’s Global Action Plan to End Statelessness 2014 – 2024 (Global Action Plan) and highlights examples of how States, UNHCR and other stakeholders have addressed statelessness in a number of countries. Solutions to the problem of statelessness have to be tailored to suit the particular circumstances prevalent in a country. Governments, NGOs, international organizations and UNHCR staff seeking to implement the Global Action Plan should be able to adapt the ideas they find in these pages to their own needs