Fight against statelessness in West Africa

Published: 2/Oct/2015
Source: UNHCR

The consultative conference on citizenship and statelessness in West Africa ended this week after two days of fruitful exchanges in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on 28-30 September. This event, which was organized by UNHCR, in close collaboration with Open Society Foundations, was the first official gathering of Government and civil society representatives working on these issues since the Ministerial Conference on Statelessness in West Africa, held in February 2015.

It was on that historic occasion that the Member States of the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) adopted the Abidjan Declaration on the Prevention, Reduction and Elimination of Statelessness and on the Protection of Stateless People. Endorsed by all of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, this Declaration sets out 25 commitments that aim to prevent, reduce and ultimately end statelessness within West Africa.

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Themes: Apatridie
Regions: Afrique de l'Ouest, Cote d’Ivoire
Year: 2015