In close collaboration with the Statelessness Section of the United Nations Refugee Agency, the WCC has been encouraging member churches to promote birth registration and gender equality in nationality laws in various regions through a series of yearly regional trainings on statelessness (Middle East, Africa, Europe, Carribean, Asia, Pacific).
The WCC has also encouraged theological and ethical reflection on the issue of belongingness and inclusion. With that in mind, it has produced a collection of theological reflections entitled “I Belong – Biblical reflections on statelessness”.
With statelessness as an issue affecting all communities from different confessions, the WCC has embarked on an inter-religious conversation about belongingness in various religious traditions (Abrahamic and Eastern religions). The conversation also invites participants to reflect on their respective religious ceremonies that commemorate (and register) important life events such as birth, marriage, death, etc., all these amounting to what is called civil registry in secular circles.
Launching in 2023, UNHCR will establish a Global Alliance to End Statelessness, an initiative that aims to accelerate by 2030 solutions to statelessness through a collective multistakeholder approach, centering the experience of individuals with lived experience of statelessness.
WCC is one of the 15 members of the Global Alliance Taskforce, a group that will advise on the formation of the Global Alliance, which will build on global progress made since the launch in 2014 of the UNHCR #IBelong Campaign, and sustain a continuous effort towards ending statelessness beyond the end of the Campaign in 2024.