In 2024, Asia is expected to host over half of all the people under UNHCR's statelessness mandate. Central Asian countries have made significant advances to end statelessness, with Uzbekistan alone confirming the nationality of over 10,000 individuals in 2022, and UNHCR will accelerate advocacy for States to accede to the statelessness conventions and address gaps in birth registration and national legal frameworks for citizenship, in line with the “Global action plan to end statelessness 2014–2024”. UNHCR will assist 1,000 stateless persons and those with undetermined nationality with confirmation or acquisition of nationality in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. In Thailand, UNHCR will seek to raise 3,000 people's awareness of statelessness issues, including government partners.
With climate change disproportionately affecting the region, UNHCR will advance its regional "Climate action plan 2023–2025” by emphasizing the need to include forcibly displaced and stateless people in national adaptation and disaster risk reduction plans, promoting climate-smart and sustainable environmental programming, investing in renewable energy, and mobilizing support through a risk-based approach.
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