Coalition on Every Child’s Right to a Nationality


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Edwin, stateless, 16 years old, Malaysia ©UNHCR/ R. Arnold

The problem of childhood statelessness

A child without any nationality can face a lifetime of discrimination. Statelessness can profoundly affect the ability of children to access education and adequate healthcare, and to fulfill their ambitions and dreams for the future. Preventing and ending childhood statelessness is the best way to stop the spread of the problem. Ensuring that no child is left stateless will lead to better enjoyment of human rights by individuals and improved development outcomes for communities and States.

Wildana, formerly stateless, 18 years old, Dominican Republic © UNHCR/ M. Redondo

Objectives of the Coalition

The Coalition aims to develop, expand and strengthen international co-operation to raise awareness about and combat the hidden problem of childhood statelessness. It also aims to promote the right of every child to acquire a nationality. The Coalition seeks to engage in activities that will help to:

  • Ensure that no child is born stateless
  • Eliminate laws and practices that deny children nationality on discriminatory grounds
  • Remove gender discrimination from nationality laws
  • Improve birth registration to prevent statelessness
  • Encourage States to accede to the UN Statelessness Conventions

Annick (left), 13 years old, stateless, Côte d’Ivoire ©UNHCR/ A. Froger

Coalition Members

Advisory Committee:

The Coalition and its Advisory Committee will be co-led by UNHCR and UNICEF. In 2017, the Coalition Advisory Committee will be made up of:

Plan InternationalPlan International

nrc-logoNorwegian Refugee Council

gc-logo The Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights

lhr-logo Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa)

udp-logo Center for Human Rights at the Diego Portales University (Chile) 

The Advisory Committee will meet with UNICEF and UNHCR on a quarterly basis to provide input on the Coalition’s strategic direction, to plan the Coalition’s activities and to monitor progress.


The Coalition relies on support from international organizations and civil society groups at the global, regional and national levels that are working towards the Coalition’s goals. Current Coalition members are:

United Nations

Civil Society


Join the Coalition

If you are an international, regional or local NGO working on issues that could help to achieve the goals of the Coalition, please apply to become a member. Members will be informed periodically about activities and initiatives organized by the Coalition and receive updates on the Coalition’s progress. Please complete and submit this form if your organization would like to join the Coalition.

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