Key Policy Positions for Consideration by the 39th Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State & Government

Published: 13/Aug/2019
Source: Southern African Civil Society Forum (CSF)

The Southern African Civil Society Forum (CSF) has gathered annually since 2005, bringing together the diversity of civic formations in the region, ranging from faith-based, trade union and non-governmental organisations to express themselves on matters of mutual and shared importance relating to SADC.


We call on Member States to carefully consider, and take into account these reasoned calls as they deliberate on the next steps of our journey, as SADC towards a free, prosperous and inclusive Africa underpinned by justice for all.


15. Statelessness

We call upon all SADC Member States to address statelessness in their territories by:

  • Developing a National Action Plan to end statelessness by 2024, including a plan to identify and resolving stateless situations;
  • Supporting the African Union’s Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Specific Aspects of the Right to a Nationality and the Eradication of Statelessness in Africa, which addresses Africa’s unique challenges.
  • Ratifying the 1954 UN Convention on the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 UN Convention on the Prevention of Statelessness at the UNHCR Excom High-Level Segment during on Statelessness in Geneva on 7 October 2019.

Download: Declaration of 15th Civil Society Forum Aug2019 Tanzania

Themes: Sub-regional Standards, Statelessness
Regions: Southern Africa
Year: 2019