VN-agentschappen Draai naar Blockchain in de strijd tegen kinderhandel

The United Nations has partnered with the World Identity Network (WINNEN) to develop a blockchain identity pilot aimed to help curb child trafficking.

Announced during the Humanitarian Blockchain Summit in New York op vrijdag, the pilot involves participation from the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology (UN-OICT), a press release indicates.

Storing digital identities on a blockchain, the release states, provides asignificantly higher chance of catching traffickers.” Daarnaast, securing identity data on an immutable ledger will make trafficking attemptsmore traceable and preventable.

According to Dr. Mariana Dahan, co-founder and CEO of WIN, “invisiblechildren under the age of five and who do not possess a birth certificate are at “risico” and can fall into the hands of child traffickers. These children are often missed by social programs offered by governments or development agencies.

She added:

Several developing countries are actively looking at more efficient ways to prevent child trafficking. Identification is always at the heart of the solution.

Child trafficking uses fake identification documents to transport young people across borders for eventual forced participation in serious illicit activities including the sex trade, the illegal human organ trade, en anderen.

Yannick Glemarec, UN women deputy executive director said, “Child trafficking is one of the greatest human rights abuses.

block Chain, she continued, would be apotentially powerfultechnology to address the problem and potentially savemillions of children.

In a move to foster the pilot, the partners are seeking support from private companies, NGOs, academia, and others that are willing to contribute to help end child trafficking. Plans were also revealed for the launch of aGlobal Challengethat would seek ideas and expertise in using blockchain for humanitarian projects.

UN image via Shutterstock

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Bron: Coindesk