An estimated 1.5 billion people don’t have a recognized proof of identity. These people might not have a birth record, or have lost their identity status through dislocation or other events beyond their control. As a result, these individuals have trouble accessing essential government services and basic financial services to establish credit or otherwise participate in the financial system.
To ensure that citizens have access to essential services, the UN established the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16.9 which calls for legal identity for all, including birth registration, by 2030. And, to help raise awareness for the issue, a coalition of governments and international agencies are calling for the recognition of September 16 as International Identity Day.
Executive Chairman of ID4Africa, Dr. Joseph J. Atick, said “The purpose of this day is to raise awareness about the important role identity plays in empowering individuals to exercise their rights and responsibilities fairly and equitably in a modern society. Many causes have special days of observances, except identity. The time has come for the world to recognize one of the most important assets a human can possess, their legal identity.”
Nigeria was the first country to officially recognize the day in 2019, embarking on an “Assured Digital Identity for All” plan to register all Nigerians in a single, national database. This year, over 116 organizations are promoting responsible use of identity to make a better world and endorsing September 16 as a commemorative day for identity.
The coalition also seeks to 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.
Trust, privacy and inclusion
Trulioo is on a mission to make sure no one is left behind and everyone participates fully in the modern digital economy. With a digital footprint, 1.5 billion people who don’t have an identity record no longer have to be invisible. They can participate because everyone is someone.
Trulioo fully supports International Identity Day. We encourage everyone to observe the day and take a moment to reflect on the importance of the identity and the need for identity for all.
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