The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) unveiled its digital public infrastructure (DPI) and drafted a “digital legal ID model governance framework.”

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“A robust digital public infrastructure (DPI) has become increasingly crucial for governments, especially when it comes to delivering large-scale, effective public services,” UNDP writes.

“For the public sector, the debate isn’t about whether to adopt digital technologies but which ones to embrace and how to ensure their seamless and effective integration. This is particularly true when it comes to digital legal ID, a foundational digital public infrastructure that has the potential to catalyze digital transformation and development opportunities across countries.”

The proposed framework coincides with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030.


Biometric Update explained:

The goal of Target 16.9 of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 is to provide legal identity and birth registration for all, underscoring the importance of comprehensive civil registration.

But inadequate governance of digital ID systems can worsen the shortcomings of the current systems. The standards, regulations, and privacy protocols governments create in the implementation of digital IDs will have implications on future advancements toward the digitization of public services and DPI more broadly.

Leaders must establish robust governance from the start to ensure implementation is effective and serves the public good, the post reads. Proper governance also gives the private sector the confidence to invest in digital transformations and gives end users a sense of trust in the new systems.

The governance framework sets out to establish a standard model of laws and policies that facilitate the digital ID shift while prioritizing individual rights. It also builds on lessons learned from the UN System’s identity management ecosystem that is based on civil registration.

Digital IDs enable governments unfettered control and surveillance of its populace online and creates a digital enslavement system.

With the digital slave state, the government can restrict your access to goods and services on a whim if you protest its agenda.

The Chinese Communist Party and its social credit score system is a prime example.

Digital ID allows this system to operate.

About United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG16)

“SDG16.9 is designed to introduce a centrally controlled, global system of digital identification (digital ID). In combination with other global systems, such as interoperable Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs), this can then be used to monitor our whereabouts, limit our freedom of movement and control our access to money, goods and services.”

“Universal adoption of SDG16.9 digital ID will enable the G3P global governance regime’s to establish a worldwide system of reward and punishment. If we accept the planned model of digital ID, it will ultimately enslave us in the name of sustainable development.”

From the UNDP:

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) frequently receives requests for legal, regulatory and institutional support, particularly within the scope of the organization’s legal ID programming. A recent surge in requests mirrors a growing awareness among Member States of the importance of adopting participatory, rights-based approaches to legislative and policy aspects of digital legal ID design and implementation.

Acknowledging the burgeoning potential and significance of digital legal ID, UNDP has taken the initiative to draft a model governance framework. This blueprint is designed to aid the swift establishment of digital legal ID systems globally.

At its core, this framework is intended to outline a normative model of the laws, policies and institutional arrangements that can help ensure the governance of digital legal ID systems is both inclusive and respectful of individual rights. It is informed by UNDP’s governance and digital strategies, which emphasize a rights-based and whole-of-society approach. The framework, for instance, recognizes the importance of civil society’s role in accountability, recourse and oversight. It also builds on long-standing experience and lessons from within the UN System on legal identity and the whole legal identity management ecosystem, which is based on civil registration.

The importance of legal identity is an integral part of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG Target 16.9, which aims to “provide legal identity for all, including birth registration,” underscores the widespread significance of civil registration in societies globally.

However, without effective governance, digital legal ID systems risk perpetuating, and potentially exacerbating, the challenges seen in previous identity systems. The governance framework can serve as a reference point, from which government partners can develop their own iterations, adapting it to meet their needs based on their own contexts and circumstances.

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