Statelessness Network Asia Pacific (SNAP) is a civil society network.
Civil society actors in Asia and the Pacific region are in a unique position to respond to the challenge of statelessness through civil society’s existing direct engagement with stateless populations and decision makers in the region.
However, currently, there is limited collaboration and information sharing between civil society actors on activities focused on resolving and reducing statelessness. SNAP aims to bridge this gap.
The idea of SNAP was conceived following the Civil Society Retreat on Resolving Statelessness in Asia and the Pacific (“Statelessness Retreat”) as co-hosted in June 2015 by the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN), UNHCR and the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies of Mahidol University. At the Statelessness Retreat, and at subsequent civil society meetings, there has been a strong recognition of the need for a regional network on statelessness
Over 18 months, SNAP’s Organising Committee on a voluntary basis developed a terms of reference for SNAP, based on extensive consultations with key stakeholders, and secured funding for SNAP’s launch.
SNAP’s Organising Committee finalised its coordination of the development of SNAP, following the launch of SNAP at the Conference on Addressing Statelessness in Asia and the Pacific in November 2016 and the appointment of SNAP's Governance Board and Advisory Group.