Naivasha, Kenya 23th April, 2018: In their Summit Declaration in October 2017, the Heads of States and Government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) adopted the 2017 – 2019 Action Plan on the eradication of statelessness which aims at ending statelessness in the sub-region by ratifying the statelessness conventions; undertaking legal reform; strengthening civil status systems, and developing National Action Plans, among other commitments.

ICGLR Member State Focal Point on statelessness, with the support of UNHCR, will hold their first Regional strategic workshop on 24th – 25th April, 2018 in Naivasha, Kenya to start implementing the common regional framework to end statelessness and contribute to peace building and sustainable development in the Great Lakes Region by reinforcing inclusion within each State, in line with the ICGLR mandate.

The workshop will adopt a common position on core principles; Terms of References on the roles and responsibilities of the Statelessness Government Focal Point; Focal Point on the draft African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights Protocol and the road-map toward end of 2019.

On 27 and 28 June 2017, ICGLR Member State experts on statelessness supported by UNHCR, took part in a Regional Conference on Statelessness in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, gathering subject-matter specialists of the twelve Member States and the UNHCR. The Regional Conference resulted in the adoption of the draft Declaration along with a Regional Action plan to eradicate statelessness.

ICGLR Member States includes the Republic of Angola, Republic of Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda, Republic of Sudan, Republic of South Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Uganda and the Republic of Zambia.

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