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  • Wed, Apr 11, 2018 United Nations Project Services and the Dutch government cooperate on the blockchain pilot program

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    The UN Office of Project Services Services (UNOPS) is working with the Dutch government's blockchain pilot project to explore how to apply distributed ledger technology to the wider United Nations system and legal applications for external entities.

    It is reported that the cooperation of 13 legal industry authors will be promoted this time. They will publish the research results this summer, and then it is likely to hold a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York in mid-September.

    Yoshiyuki Yamamoto is a UN Special Project Consultant for Department of Project Services and Blockchain Technology. He said:

    “Relevant research results will be published and will play a catalytic role in discussing the impact of blockchain technology on the legal industry. Our primary task is to further apply blockchain technology to existing regulatory frameworks, data and identification, etc. In the field."

    Koen Hartog, manager of the blockchain pilot project for the Dutch government, added that:

    "In order to make full use of the potential of blockchain technology, we need to fully understand the legal implications involved."

    As the executive department that implements the UN System project, the main task of the United Nations Office for Project Services is to seek partners on a global scale to help them achieve the UN's sustainable development goals.

    The blockchain distributed ledger technology previously explored by the United Nations Office for Project Services was mainly applied to humanitarian issues, while the Dutch government's blockchain pilot project mainly involved legal use cases. The UN Office of Project Services considers that such cooperation can give public administration and international organization officials better legal references.

    Koen Hartog added:

    “The Dutch blockchain experts have done a lot of work in the legal field and studied how smart contracts can, or can, become legal contracts. According to their research results, in some cases, the code may have laws. This is binding, but it is not always the case in all cases. Having experts in the law understand and participate in the blockchain project is very important for the further development of the ecosystem."