Recording now available− Webinar on Parliamentary action to end statelessness by 2024’  

Access recordings of the PHAP, Inter-Parliamentary Union and UNHCR webinar that took place on 25 February 2021. 

On 25 February, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and PHAP, organized a webinar that paid particular attention on how to move beyond pledges made at the Global Refugee Forum (GRF) and High-Level Segment on Statelessness (HLS) in order to strengthen implementation of the #IBelong Campaign and the Global Action Plan to End Statelessness by 2024. .

Members of Parliaments who have led legislative efforts to address statelessness in their countries shared their experience, with time also for questions and discussion by webinar participants. Moderated by Dr. Agnes Vadai MP, Chair, Committee to Promote Respect for International Humanitarian Law, Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the session began with opening remarks from Ms. Gillian Triggs, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection and Mr. Martin Chungong, Secretary General, Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). 

Ms. Melanie Khanna, Chief of Statelessness Section, Division of International Protection, UNHCR, provided participants with an introductory definition of statelessness, its causes, consequences, and the UNHCR’s mandate to end statelessness. Following this presentation, was Ms. Senida Mesi, Chair, Sub-Committee on Sustainable Development, Parliament of Albania, who spoke on the provisions of the new national law to prevent statelessness, especially amongst children. 

From the Indonesian government, Mr. Gilang Dhielafararez, Member of The House of Representatives of Republic of Indonesia highlighted the proactive measures his government has taken to reduce, prevent and end statelessness, remove gender and ethnic discrimination, and safeguard against statelessness for Indonesian migrants abroad. Ms. Tsirimaharo Ny Aina Rafenomanantsoa, Députée, Rapporteur Général Adjoint de l’Assemblée nationale, Madagascar, shared how the national laws were developed and implemented to prevent child statelessness and gender discrimination. 

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