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Coalition Partners for Identity Day

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To Recognize September 16
as International Identity Day

International Identity Day (iID)

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.

Countries and organizations that choose to observe this day, would be encouraged to organize events and activities that stimulate public awareness and sensitize legislators and public servants about the responsible adoption of official identity and the necessary protections around it to ensure that it is a tool for public good.


Many important issues on the international development and human rights agenda have an observance day. For example, 10 December is Human Rights Day, while 20th of June is Refugee Day. It is time for identity to have a day of observance.

International days of observance are an effective and practical way to raise awareness and generate momentum around an issue. According to the UN "United Nations observances contribute to the achievement of the purposes of the UN Charter and promote awareness of and action on important political, social, cultural, humanitarian or human rights issues. They provide a useful means for the promotion of international and national action and stimulate interest in United Nations activities and programmes."

Call To Action

The coalition partners for Identity Day calls upon all identity stakeholders around the world to join it, by signing a petition, that will be submitted to the United Nations General Secretariat, pursuant to UN protocol for declaration of observance days. The petition calls for the recognition of September 16 as International Identity Day iID.

Why September 16 ?

The choice of the date is in recognition of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16.9 which calls for legal identity for all including birth registration by 2030.

The Campaign

This is the first step in an involved and lengthy process. It will start in Abuja and it will not end until we are able to get the declaration of that day at the UN in New York.

To get there we need to work through a series of coordinated actions within a campaign. For now, please sign the petition and stay tuned for the series of actions that will follow. Once we are successful our efforts will shift to lobby national authorities to recognize the iID.

About the UN Sustainability Goals


About the Coalition Partners


National Identity Management Commission (NIMC):

The International Organization of Francophonie:

Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons, Kenya:

Agency for Universal Health Coverage (CMU), Senegal:

Government of the Central African Republic:

Federal Vital Events Registration Agency, Ethiopia:

Ministry of Interior and decentralization, Madagascar:

Department of Nationality, Passports & Immigration, South Sudan:

South Sudan National Police Service:

Civil Registration, Republic of Chad:

ANGEIE, Guinea:

The European Association for Biometrics:


Secure Identity Alliance:

Biometric Update:


Silicon Trust: