Groups call for International Identity Day
07 August 2018 10:31 GMT

The European Association for Biometrics (EAB) and the Secure Identity Alliance (SIA) have joined a campaign that ID4Africa initiated with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) at the 4th edition this year in Nigeria.

The campaign calls for the recognition of September 16 as International Identity Day in tribute to Sustainable Development Goal 16.9 which calls for legal identity for all by 2030. 
 
Michiel van der Veen, CEO of EAB said “Having a legal Identity is a global human right empowering individuals to participate in society. As the leading voice for digital identity, for Europe, the EAB supports and promotes the initiative to recognize the importance of this human right through the International Identity Day. We are pleased to participate with all the other coalition partners to see this initiative through to fruition.”
 
Frédéric Trojani, Chairman of the Board, Secure Identity Alliance, also emphasized “Creating awareness around the important role identity plays in a modern society, whether developing or developed, is a core mission of SIA. Together with the other coalition partners we will work to bring this awareness to the highest political levels necessary to recognize the importance of this role, and to memorialize that collective effort through a commemorative day—the International Identity Day”.
 
The coalition partners are set to embark on the long journey ahead, one they recognize could take several years. However, with the unity, passion and fortitude of the growing number of Identity Day coalition partners, the campaign aims to continue until it has lobbied sufficient support to warrant a vote at the UN General Assembly headquarters, New York.