Planet Biometrics joins international ID coalition


Planet Biometrics, a sister publication of Security Document World, has joined an international coalition calling for the recognition of September 16 as International Identity Day.

To date, 40 of the world’s leading development agencies, government institutions and public interest organizations have officially joined forces to kick off the campaign advocating for the adoption of the commemorative day by the international community.

In early August, the campaign moved from individual to institutional engagement in preparation for policy advocacy by these institutions that will sensitize UN member delegations and their governments about the importance of legal identity and will urge them to vote favorably on the proposed resolution when it reaches the UN General Assembly floor at a yet to be specified session. The coalition will also promote, through their respective engagement vehicles, the protections that need to be in place—such as data protection and privacy—specifically in the context of building inclusive identity frameworks that respect human rights and are deployed for public good.

He concluded, “The coalition has already received expressions of interest from several countries offering to be among the sponsors of this resolution at an upcoming UN General Assembly. These are being evaluated by the coalition and we remain open to exploring more propositions from around the globe to create participation from countries across all income levels and geographies. The response has been heartwarming, and it is only the beginning as this campaign as well as the coalition building will continue until it attains its stated objective.”

The coalition partners are set to embark on a passionate journey of advocacy and awareness building, one they recognize could take several years. However, with their increasing unity and commitment to this mission, the campaign will forge ahead until it has lobbied enough support to warrant a vote at the UN General Assembly. The coalition invites all government and development agencies who are committed to the responsible adoption of identity as a positive change agent in society, including the respect of privacy and data protection to join the rapidly growing alliance that is calling for the adoption of September 16 as the International Day for Identity.


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