GENEVA, OCTOBER 7 – Ahead of the opening today of a high-level intergovernmental meeting on statelessness in Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, warned that recent gains in the campaign to end statelessness were at risk from a rise in “damaging forms of nationalism”.
He called for a redoubling of efforts to find solutions for millions without citizenship or at risk of statelessness around the world. Member States attending today’s meeting will take stock of progress halfway through a 10-year campaign to end statelessness launched in 2014 and commit to further actions over the next five years to prevent and resolve statelessness. Click here to read Mr. Grandi’s opening statement.
Today Reuters profiles statelessness campaigner Maha Mamo, who grew up stateless in Lebanon and became a Brazilian national last year. Mamo told her story to UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett at the opening of today’s meeting. (@OnuItalia)