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Get in the Picture

November 21

Ministerial Conference on Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific Region, 24-28 November, Bangkok.

A major conference is being held in Bangkok to address the issues of birth registration as a means to protect people and to reduce statelessness. The conference will be webcast and concerned indivduals and organisations may participate online.

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The majority of countries in Asia and the Pacific do not have universal and responsive CRVS systems that meet relevant international standards. This hampers inclusive and sustainable development in the region and progress towards achieving internationally agreed development goals such as the MDGs. In response, governments and development partners in the region have come together as part of the Get every one in the picture regional initiative.

Get every one in the picture aims to accelerate and focus efforts to improve CRVS systems in the region by forging political commitment, regional cooperation and accountability, facilitating exchange of knowledge and technical assistance, raising awareness, development of innovations and making tools and resources available.

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Ending Statelessness - Special Report

November 4

Ending Statelessness within 10 Years

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UNHCR launches 10 year campaign to end statelessness

November 4

Today UNHCR launched its 10 year campaign to end statelessness. The campaign, called 'ibelong', has been designed with Benetton and seeks to end statelessness by 2024. To this end, UNHCR will impress on states the need to correct discriminatory citizenship laws and will work to provide documentation to those unable to receive from national governments.

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New report on birth registration

May 30

The IOS has recently published a major study with Plan Internationl and the Coram Children's Legal Centre on birth registration and children's rights.  IOS team members, Brad Blitz, Mark Fielder, Rajith Lakshman, Maureen Lynch all contributed to the report.

Summary: Birth registration is a fundamental right of all children and a basic function of all modern governments. So, given the extensive anticipated benefits of birth registration, there has been increasing interest from development organisations in implementing programmes on birth registration in countries with low rates of registration.But there is a significant lack of empirical research that explores the effects of birth registration, and if and how it benefits children in practice.Plan’s new research in India, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Vietnam reveals the results of an investigation into the impact of birth registration. What emerges is a complex picture of the interrelationship between children’s rights and birth registration.As a result, the report makes a series of important recommendations for governments and development partners.

To access the executive summary go to:

To access the full report go to:

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