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Our goal is to promote collaboration on addressing statelessness in Asia and the Pacific.

SNAP is driven by a diverse membership and through direct engagement and contribution from its members and partners, particularly formerly stateless persons, stateless persons and persons at risk of statelessness.  SNAP is an independent, non-profit organisation.

In pursuit of our goal, we focus on three main areas of work.

1. Developing resources for evidence-based action

2. Providing technical support

3. Facilitating capacity-strengthening opportunities


The decision to establish SNAP came about following discussions at the Civil Society Retreat on Resolving Statelessness in Asia and the Pacific, co-hosted in Bangkok by UNHCR, the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) and the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies of Mahidol University in June 2015.

At the conclusion of the Retreat, a group of civil society actors formed SNAP's Organising Committee whose objective it was to drive further consultations and planning for establishing the new network.


SNAP’s Organising Committee facilitated the Conference on Addressing Statelessness in Asia and the Pacific, from 24 to 26 November 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The aim of this Conference was to build and strengthen cooperation among civil society actors and our collective capacities to address statelessness.

A key outcome of the Conference was the launch of SNAP.  

Following the Conference on Addressing Statelessness in Asia and the Pacific, SNAP’s Organising Committee appointed a part-time Coordinator, Davina Wadley. 

A Governance Board was also appointed to provide strategic direction on the development of SNAP.  

SNAP’s Organising Committee was dissolved following the appointment of SNAP’s Governance Board and the Coordinator’s appointment was subsequently ratified by the Governance Board.

The launch of SNAP is an important contribution to global efforts to address statelessness, including the Global Action Plan to End Statelessness, UNHCR’s #Ibelong campaign, the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights, the Coalition on Every Child's Right to a Nationality, and complementary civil-society networks in Africa, Europe, North Asia and the Americas.