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."
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.
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.
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: www.vera.gov.et/Home/EnglishIndex
Ministry of Interior and decentralization, Madagascar: www.mid.gov.mg
Department of Nationality, Passports & Immigration, South Sudan: www.facebook.com/Directorate-of-Nationality-Passport-and-Immigration-419178801520736
South Sudan National Police Service: www.facebook.com/police2456
Civil Registration, Republic of Chad: www.interieur.gouv.td/en/ministere/presentation
ANGEIE, Guinea: www.facebook.com/angeie1
The European Association for Biometrics: www.eab.org
Secure Identity Alliance: www.secureidentityalliance.org
Biometric Update: www.biometricupdate.com
Silicon Trust: www.silicontrust.wordpress.com