SNAP is driven by a diverse membership and through direct engagement and contribution from its members and stakeholders, particularly formerly stateless persons, stateless persons and persons at risk of statelessness. SNAP is an independent non-profit organisation.
We will take advantage of civil society’s unique position to address statelessness through strategic partnerships on three key long term objectives.
Strengthen solidarity and cooperation between stateless communities, civil society actors, and other stakeholders working on nationality, statelessness and related issues.
Increase knowledge and understanding on the right to nationality and the issue of statelessness amongst civil society actors and other stakeholders
Develop and support initiatives that promote practical solutions to statelessness at national and regional levels.
BACKGROUND ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF SNAP
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 in June 2015 by UNHCR, the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) and the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies of Mahidol University.
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.
The resulting objectives of SNAP respond directly to the gaps, challenges and opportunities identified by stakeholders during the consultations, and the results of the consultations are summarised in the Summary Report: Consultations with Stakeholders by SNAP's Organising Committee.
LAUNCH OF SNAP
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 with the aim of building and strengthening cooperation among civil society actors and our collective capacities to address statelessness.
A key outcome of the Conference was the launch of SNAP. Our potential future activities and initiatives, as developed by SNAP’s founding members are detailed in the Summary Report for the Conference.
Following the Conference on Addressing Statelessness in Asia and the Pacific, SNAP’s Organising Committee appointed a part-time Coordinator, Davina Wadley, to facilitate collaboration and information sharing between SNAP's members.
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 the growth of complementary civil-society networks in Africa, Europe, North Asia and the Americas.