23. Taking note of target 16.9 of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Committee strongly urges the State party to:
(a) Strengthen efforts to ensure the birth registration of children whose parents do not have personal documents;
(b) Strengthen efforts to establish the nationality of children with undetermined citizenship, under the Civil Code and the Maltese Citizenship Act;
(c) Establish an effective and efficient statelessness determination procedure, with an identification and referral mechanism for children who are undocumented and at risk of statelessness;
(d) Expedite accession to the Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, of 1954, and consider ratifying the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, of 1961, the European Convention on Nationality, of 1977, and the Council of Europe Convention on the Avoidance of Statelessness in relation to State Succession, of 2009;
(e) Seek technical assistance from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), among others, for the implementation of these recommendations.
Identification and determination procedures
Implementing measures - Other