• Resources for Civil registration in the time of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    The current pandemic disrupts CRVS systems in countries all over the world. Well-functioning CRVS is however more essential than ever, which is why you will find here several resources offering guidance on the impacted areas of work. UNSD has put up a platform for the statistical community to share actions and best practices. WHO issued instructions on the new ICD codes related to the disease. Finally, the UNLIA Task Force published Guidelines on how to maintain CRVS activities. 

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  • Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific

    Between 6-9 October 2020, in Bangkok, Thailand Governments and development partners will convene for a Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS to celebrate progress midway through the CRVS Decade (2015-2024), identify remaining challenges ahead, emphasize the role CRVS plays in sustainable development and promote CRVS as the foundation for legal identity.

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  • Midterm CRVS Decade (2015-2024) Progress

    ESCAP is in the process of collecting country midterm questionnaires to determine regional progress through the midpoint of the CRVS Decade (2015-2024). Responses will be used to inform and guide preparations for the Second Ministerial Conference in October 2020. What are the numbers so far?

    • 38 midterm questionnaires collected
    • 51 national focal points established

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Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific

Between 6-9 October 2020, Asia-Pacific governments will convene in Bangkok, Thailand to celebrate the midpoint of the CRVS Decade (2015-2024). Governments will take stock of the remaining challenges, promote civil registration as the foundation for legal identity and emphasize the important role CRVS data plays in promoting good governance and development efforts, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A civil society forum will precede the Second Ministerial Conference from 4-5 October 2020. In the build up to the 2020 Conference, additional information and resources can be accessed here.


CRVS Insight March 2020


  • Pakistan's Seminar for Parliamentarians
  • The Global CRVS Groups elects SPC as its new chair
  • Kazakhstan amends law to ensure universal civil registration coverage
  • OpenCRVS goes live in Bangladesh
  • ESCAP's Statistics Director raises awareness for the Ministerial Conference in October


Best Practice Guidelines and Examples of Legislation for CRVS in the Pacific, V.2

Within the last five years, almost all Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) have undertaken an assessment of the civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) system with support from the Brisbane Accord Group (BAG), under the framework of the Pacific Vital Statistics Action Plan (PVSAP). The assessments were conducted using the World Health Organization (WHO) CRVS Comprehensive Assessment Tool.

POSTPONED: Workshop on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Business Process Improvement

Vital Strategies and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) are organizing a Workshop on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Business Process Improvement (BPI), to be held on 6 to 8 April 2020 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand The workshop will provide participants with an introduction to the CRVS Improvement Framework and guide country specific teams to apply the first stage of the tool through a hands-on, practical approach




Advocacy Materials, Meeting Documents, UN Official Documents, 2015
International Standards and Recommendations, 2020
Country Assessments and Strategies, 2019