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Parliamentary action to end statelessness


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14:00 — 15:30  CET

Statelessness, the situation of people who have no nationality, has devastating impacts on millions of people around the world. Statelessness deprives women and men, girls and boys, of the right to simply enjoy rights every other citizen enjoys – the right to an identity, to move, own property, access to education, health, and employment. The IPU and Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are long-time partners in raising awareness about statelessness among parliamentarians, in close cooperation with IPU’s Committee to Promote Respect for International Humanitarian Law (IHL). In 2005, the IPU-UNHCR Handbook for Parliamentarians on Nationality and Statelessness was produced (updated in 2014 and translated into thirteen languages). This was followed in 2018 with the Handbook on Good Practices in Nationality Laws for the Prevention and Reduction of Statelessness (available in eight languages). The webinar will identify both challenges and opportunities for parliamentary engagement, and will place particular attention on how to move beyond pledges made at the Global Refugee Forum (GRF) and High-Level Segment on Statelessness (HLS) with concrete implementation and results. It will also bring together parliamentarians to share good practices and discuss strategies and practical ways of mobilizing parliamentary action to end statelessness by 2024. Speakers include Members of Parliaments who have led legislative efforts to address statelessness in their countries.


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Run of events
14:00-14:10 Introduction and welcome remarks 

-Ms Gillian Triggs, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, UNHCR
-Mr Martin Chungong, Secretary General, IPU
14:10-14:15 : Short video
14 :15-14 :30 Parliamentary Action to End Statelessness by 2024 

- Ms. Melanie Khanna, Head of Statelessness Section, UNHCR
14:30-15:00 Good Practices and Lessons Learned by Members of Parliaments
-       Mr Abass Bundu, Speaker of the House of Parliament of Sierra Leone
-       Ms Senida Mesi, Chair, Sub-Committee on Sustainable development, Parliament of Albania
-       Mr Gilang Dhielafararez, Member of the Indonesian House of Representatives,
-       Ms  Aina Rafenomanantsoa, Member of Parliament and Deputy General Rapporteur of the National Assembly of Madagascar

15:00-15:20 Moderated Discussion and Q&A
15:20-15:30 Closing Remarks

-Dr. Àgnes Vadai (MP, Chair of IPU IHL Committee)