Source: UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
Concluding observations on the combined fifth and sixth reports of Madagascar
3. The Committee welcomes progress achieved by the State party in various areas, including … law 2016-038 reforming the Malagasy nationality code ….
20. Taking note of target 16.9 of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Committee strongly urges the State party to:
(a) Take steps to reverse the current downward trend of birth registrations in the country, including by allocating adequate resources for implementation of the civil registration and vital statistics national strategic plan and making concerted efforts, such as enabling late and free of charge registrations and increasing birth registration in areas with very low rates, especially in the region of Atsimo Andrefana;
(b) Amend its law on nationality in order to provide legal safeguards against statelessness at birth and to allow children adopted by a Malagasy mother and foreign father to gain the nationality;
(c) Consider acceding to the Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons of 1954 and the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness of 1961;
(d) Seek technical assistance from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and UNICEF, among others, for the implementation of these recommendations.