Expert meeting on birth registration and digital technologies

In collaboration with OHCHR and UNICEF, CHIP supported the implementation of the 2023 Human Rights Council resolution A/HRC/RES/52/25 on Birth registration and the right of everyone to recognition everywhere as a person before the law. As part of this resolution, a recommendation was made that :

11. Requests the High Commissioner to prepare, in consultation with States, United Nations agencies, funds and programmes, civil society and other relevant stakeholders, a comprehensive study on the use of digital technologies to achieve universal birth registration, its best practices, challenges and opportunities, and potential mechanisms to close the gap between the number of children whose births are reported as registered and those who actually have a birth certificate, and to submit the report to the Human Rights Council at its fifty-eighth session.

As the OHCHR starts the process of collecting information for this report, it organised an initial consultation for ½ day on 17 May in Geneva with key stakeholders to provide guidance for the framing of the report in line with human rights, particularly that of children. The kick-start meeting’s aim was to identify key areas that will be the focus of the report. Following this expert meeting, a call for inputs will be launched end May 2024. CHIP was honoured to support OHCHR and collaborate with actors such as Suzanne Aho, CRC Committee member, UNHCR, UNICEF, Vital Strategies, UNFPA, Digitech, etc.