UCF Global Perspectives


World Identity Network, U.N. Partner in Blockchain for Humanity

Maggie Morgan, Francis Bok Human Trafficking Awareness Fellow

November 14, 2017

The United Nations (U.N.) has partnered with the World Identity Network to develop a blockchain identity pilot aimed to help curb child trafficking (Coin Desk). The system will create an ID system for undocumented children, as the U.N. estimates that almost half of all children under five lack a birth certificate (IB Times). It is part of a broader effort known as “Blockchain for Humanity” and was announced during the Humanitarian Blockchain Summit in New York on November 10, 2017 (Market Insider). Providing identities for children will prevent them from being prey for human traffickers who use fake identification documents to transport undocumented minors across borders (Market Insider).

The pilot will start in Moldova, one of the busiest places for human trafficking in Europe (IB Times). Yannick Glemarec, U.N. women deputy executive director believes that blockchain could potentially save “millions of children” (Coin Desk). Digital IDs are almost impossible to forge as they can be “linked up with biometric data, like a fingerprint” (IB Times). Partners are hoping to extend collaboration with private sector companies, civil society, NGOs, and academia (Market Insider).




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