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Today millions of people around the world are denied a nationality. They often aren’t allowed to go to school, see a doctor, get a job, open a bank account, buy a house or even get married.

The #IBelong Campaign aims
to end statelessness in ten years.



Sex Discrimination in Birth Registration

Birth registration is a fundamental right and establishes a legal identity for life. It can enable children to effectively access and enjoy other rights such as education and healthcare and can prevent risks of statelessness. Yet, despite its importance, the births of millions of children around the world are not registered. Sex discrimination is a known cause of existing barriers to universal birth registration. This report explores sex discrimination in birth registration practices and provides recommendations on how these can be addressed.

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2019 High-Level Segment on Statelessness

Results and Highlights


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See the pledge analysis

What does it mean to be stateless?


Birth registration gaps leave South Africans in limbo

About the #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness

Launched in November 2014, the #IBelong Campaign aims to end statelessness within ten years, by identifying and protecting stateless people, resolving existing situations of statelessness and preventing the emergence of new cases. Through legal advocacy and awareness-raising, UNHCR works with governments and partners around the globe towards achieving the Campaign goals.

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The #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness directly advances the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16.9: By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration. Ending statelessness also contributes to SDG targets relating to gender equality, education, work and health, among others.

Ensuring that no one is left behind is key to commitments made by all nations, to strive for peace and prosperity for people and the planet.

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