Registration for the Youth Leadership Workshop is Open

1 February 2017
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On 17 February 2017, UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty in cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) with the support of "TURAN" University holds the workshop for young leaders to enhance the capacity and information literacy regarding the problem of statelessness in Central Asia. Online registration is open until 13 February 2017.

Today statelessness is a global problem, as more than 10 million people worldwide are living without nationality and are unable to exercise their basic human rights. On the territory of Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan) the number of such citizens there are more than 140,000 people.

Their common problem is a lack of any nationality, it deprives them of those rights, which the majority of the world's population takes for granted. They are discriminated against from birth to death: at birth, they do not belong to the citizenship of any state, relying on the law, then they are deprived of access to education, health care, are denied the right to marry and to work, and after death they are denied official burial and issue a death certificate. Statelessness - it is a problem that emerged as a result of human activity and it occurs for many reasons. Many people may become stateless in a moment of political or legal orders or changes of state borders. For generations families live without citizenship, in spite of their deep-rooted long-term relationships with the communities and countries of residence. Some people become stateless due to administrative difficulties: they fall into the trap system, which forgets about their existence.

The workshop will allow to reveal in detail the phenomenon of statelessness and to provide tools of eliminating this problem. It is important to develop the skills of young leaders on issues of statelessness in order to avoid unnecessary mistakes among the youth. Today, young people are the best driver of change and it is important to improve their capacity to fight with global problems that pose a risk to their future.

The trainer of the workshop is Ms. Sophie Jambazishvili-Yucer, who has more than 10 years of experience in the issues of statelessness and she is a UNHCR Regional Protection Officer work on statelessness on the territory of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Online Registration

 Workshop Programme (English).pdf 

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