The GCSPF inputs to the Global Digital Compact

The Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF) continues participating in the preparatory process of the Summit of the Future. The GCSPF delivered a statement in the Informal consultation with relevant stakeholders in preparation of the zero draft of the Global Digital Compact (GDC) that was held on Friday, March 1st, 2024.

This round of informal consultation is a contribution to the elaboration of the zero draft of the GDC which will be annexed to the Pact for the Future. The Pact will be adopted at the Summit of the Future to be held at the UNHQ, in New York, 22-23 September 2024.

Download here the statement (pdf version).

Global Digital Compact - Stakeholders Informal Consultation
1 March, 10 am EST

Statement on behalf of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors - GCSPF

The role of digital technologies and legal identity in accessing social protection and other public services

Thank you very much. I have the pleasure to speak on behalf of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF). The GCSPF represents more than 120 CSOs worldwide that are committed to realising the right to social security for all which we believe to be a core enabler of SDG achievement.

The lack of legal and digital identity is one important reason why about one billion people in the world have no access to social protection and other public services[1],[2]. Many more people do not have access either, because digital access is not tailored to their needs and circumstances. Governments often see digitalization as a means to cut costs rather than to extend coverage.

Based on participatory dialogues with people living in poverty, our Global Coalition and its members have formulated four recommendations[3] for improving digital access to public services.

One. The right to digital connection and digital identity.  Affordable access to internet and digital support should be provided to everyone, and in particular in rural areas. (Websites and interfaces should be easy to use).

Two. When people are not able to digitally access public services, the right to a physical human reception should be ensured (so that human contact is always present in administrative processes).

Three. (To the extent possible,) Right holders to public services should meaningfully participate in the design, implementation, and evaluation of digital policies.

Four. A variety of accountability mechanisms should be built in. (such as observation and legal tools as well as permanent watchdogs in order to) These mechanisms would detect human rights violations, such as with regard to privacy and exclusion from public services. (Digital policies must be evaluated in terms of their impact on the poorest 10% of society)

Thank you for your attention.




[3] Statement submitted by International Movement ATD Fourth World, non-governmental organization in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, Commission for Social Development, Fifty-ninth Session, 8-17 February 2021 (E/CN.5/2021/NGO/1)

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