Geneva Digital Atlas

Blockchain (BlkChn)

Blockchain reached the peak of the tech hype cycle when non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and cryptocurrencies became a hit in the 2022 market; it holds more potential than being a lucrative token, though. Blockchain can be applied to documenting supply chain performance with increased efficiency; facilitating transparent property transactions; preserving legal evidence; and providing a secure and reliable structure for financial, administrative, and health data. 

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) are heavily involved in standardising this field, tackling issues from data protection to security requirements. ITU also conducts studies on the applicability of blockchain as the infrastructure for central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and the technology’s environmental impacts. The UN Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) is driving the conversation on using blockchain in the vast UN ecosystem. The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is further exploring the possibility of adopting blockchain in trade facilitation processes.