ID2020 Summit 2016

20 May 2016, New York

On Friday, 20 May 2016, ID2020 – a strategic, global initiative launched in response to the Sustainable Development Goal 16.9: “provide legal identity to all, including birth registration, by 2030”, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, hosted the “ID2020 Summit – Harnessing Digital Identity for the Global Community” at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Around one-fifth of the world’s population (1.8 billion people) is without legal identity, which deprives them of access to healthcare, schools, shelter, justice, and other government services. Commonly affected groups include refugees displaced by war, territorial disputes, victims of famine, societal outcasts, global disorder, political instability, competition for resources and climate change. 
In the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by world leaders in 2015, with the overarching goal to leave no one behind, the need to enable people who suffer legal, political, social and economic exclusion to obtain official identity is clear. In response to this global need, the ID2020 Summit convened leaders and representatives from the private sector, governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, policy analysts and thought leaders to build cross-sectoral partnerships that contribute to provide all invisible and vulnerable people with legal identity by 2030, to make them visible and restore them into society.
Featured speakers include, among others:

  • Ms. Ann de la Roche, Officer in Charge and Chief of Operations, United Nations Office for Partnerships
  • Mr. Andrew Painter, Senior Policy Adviser, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • Ms. Nadya Kassam, Child Protection Specialist Birth Registration, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • Mr. Douglas Pearce, Practice Manager for Financial Inclusion & Infrastructure, World Bank
  • Mr. Niall McCann, Lead Electoral Advisor, Inclusive Political Processes, Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

More information about the Summit is available on the website: