UNHCR / BLANCHETT STATELESSNESS

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07-Oct-2019 00:02:56
Actor and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett called for governments to work toward an end to statelessness which afflicts people “from cradle to grave”, robbing them of jobs, educations and the right to a nationality. UNHCR

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STORY: UNHCR / BLANCHETT STATELESSNESS
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1. Wide shot, meeting
2. Close up, Cate Blanchett
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Cate Blanchett, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador:
"But where do those people go who don't belong anywhere, who are stateless? Now, the stateless people who I have had the privilege to meet tell me that they feel invisible. They're a human void, like this empty chair. All of us who occupy chairs here have the right to a nationality. We exist. We belong. But stateless people are unseen and unheard."
4. Wide shot, Maha Momo, greeted by Cate Blanchett on stage
5. Zoom in, Blanchett, Maha Momo and Carol Batchelor arrive in press room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Cate Blanchett, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador:
"Statelessness, as you all probably know, has a devastating impact on the lives of millions of people around the world, and I've seen this firsthand in my role as a Goodwill Ambassador. They experience marginalisation and exclusion from cradle to grave, and those of us who have a nationality and have a paper identity, it's often very hard for us to imagine, because we take this for granted just like breathing."
7. Cutaway, Blanchett and Momo at the podium
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Cate Blanchett, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador:
"It has been profoundly distressing and bewildering to me as an Australian citizen to witness what has been going on onshore and offshore in relationship to asylum seekers and refugees."
9. Cutaway, Blanchett and Momo at the podium
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Maha Momo, formerly stateless refugee and activist:
"I was born stateless. I lived 26 years of my life as a stateless person. I didn't know that statelessness exists, I didn't know the word statelessness, I couldn't label myself, neither define myself, because the awareness was so little."
11. Cutaway, Blanchett and Momo at the podium
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Maha Momo, formerly stateless refugee and activist:
"It’s so important to raise this awareness, to speak about it, to share more and more stories, to know how important it is for a person to exist and to belong."
13. Cutaway, Blanchett and Momo at the podium
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Carol Batchelor, Special Advisor on Statelessness, UNHCR:
"We want to ensure that statelessness is ended in 2024 and we don't see this problem repeat itself in the future. And I think collectively, with the commitment we have seen today, we can achieve our goal. Thank you."
15. Cutaway, Blanchett and Momo at the podium

STORYLINE:

Actor and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett called for governments to work toward an end to statelessness which afflicts people “from cradle to grave”, robbing them of jobs, educations and the right to a nationality.

On Monday (7 Oct) in Geneva, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett joined member state representatives in Geneva for a special session of the UNHCR's Executive Committee known as the High-Level Segment on Statelessness to urge more action to end statelessness by 2024.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, launched a global ‘#IBelong’ Campaign in 2014 aimed at ending statelessness by 2024. Since then some 15 countries have newly acceded to the two major treaties on statelessness, the 1954 UN Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. With additional accessions and other commitments expected this week, total accessions to the first of these treaties, the 1954 Convention on the Status of Stateless Persons, could soon exceed the notable threshold of 100 countries.

In the first five years of the Campaign, more than 220,000 stateless people have now acquired a nationality, including as as a result of concerted national efforts that have been motivated by the Campaign, in places as diverse as Kyrgyzstan and Kenya, Tajikistan and Thailand. In July of this year Kyrgyzstan became the first country in the world to announce the complete resolution of all known cases of statelessness.
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