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New Global Effort to End Statelessness in Ten Years

Monday, November 17, 2014

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) recently announced a global campaign to end statelessness within ten years.

The “I Belong” campaign, a partnership with the United Colors of Benetton, seeks to attract global attention to the consequences of statelessness. As part of the launch of “I Belong,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, and several celebrities and world opinion-leaders today published an Open Letter stating:

“Statelessness can mean a life without education, without medical care, or legal employment.

It can mean a life without the ability to move freely, without prospects, or hope. Statelessness is inhumane.”

UNHCR also released a new Special Report on Statelessness, which focuses on the human impact of statelessness and presents a ten-point Global Action Plan to End Statelessness.

According to UNHCR, at least ten million people worldwide are currently stateless. Over a third of the world’s stateless are children.

2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons. The Convention establishes a framework for the international protection of stateless persons.

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