• The Situation at the Beginning of the CRVS Decade (2015 - 2024)

    Do you want to know how many countries in Asia and the Pacific have a CRVS coordination mechanism? Are you interested in how ambitious the national targets are for the CRVS Decade? Do you know when countries in Asia and the Pacific aim to be able to produce annual vital statistics reports?

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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.


Workshop on the midterm review of the CRVS Decade (2015-2024)

In an effort to assist National Focal Points in collating and reporting on country progress midway through the CRVS Decade, ESCAP hosted a workshop on the midterm questionnaire and its completion. Participants began by discussing the midterm review process, analysing why it is important to collect the information and how the 2019 questionnaire compares to the 2015 baseline questionnaires, and finished the workshop by thouroughly examining the information being collected.

Fifth meeting of the Regional Steering Group for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific

The Regional Steering Group is responsible for providing regional oversight and guidance for the implementation of the Regional Action Framework on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific, as well as acting as the custodian of the Asia and Pacific CRVS Decade (2015 - 2024). Comprising 22 representatives from member states, along with 8 development partners, the 30 members of the RSG represent a balance of geography and sectors including civil registration, statistics, health and planning, and was endorsed by the ESCAP Commission at its seventy-first session in May 2015. The group has met annually since its establishment in 2015 and will do so for a fifth time between 17 - 19 September 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand. The Fifth Meeting will address, among other topics, the progress of country reports on the Midterm Questionnaire, ESCAP and development partner support for ensuring high quality responses, the continued preparatory work for the Ministerial Conference in 2020 (both the Main and Side Events), as well as the working arrangements of the RSG.

Vital Statistics Workshop for North and Central Asian Countries

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Statistics Norway, and the European Free Trade Association, are jointly co-hosting a workshop to improve the capacity of national Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems in producing and disseminating vital statistics. The Project supports the implementation of the Regional Action Framework on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific, in particular Goal 3 which stipulates that accurate, complete and timely vital statistics (including on causes of death) are produced, based on registration records, and disseminated. This workshop, from 7 - 11 October 2019 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, is a stand-alone event aimed at strengthening the dissemination of vital statistics, as well as coordination among the relevant stakeholders responsible for producing and using vital statistics. Ultimately, the workshop will assist countries in creating a complete, national vital statistics report. Resources will be uploaded soon to the link below.

Goal 16 Advocacy Toolkit

Recognizing the critical importance of Goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda on peaceful, just and inclusive societies and accountable institutions, this toolkit provides civil society and other nongovernmental stakeholders with guidance on how to engage with their governments and other local, regional or international stakeholders to support the planning, implementation, follow-up and accountability of Goal 16. The Goal 16 Advocacy Toolkit includes guidance, tools and tips on: Contextualizing Goal 16 Engaging with Goal 16 at the national level Preparing a “Gap Analysis” Undertaking a Stakeholder Mapping and Analysis Developing an Advocacy Plan for Goal 16 Crafting compelling advocacy messages around Goal 16 Working with national governments to support planning and implementation of Goal 16 Supporting national follow-up and monitoring for Goal 16 Working with international processes and various other stakeholders Case studies for successful advocacy by civil society organizations on Goal 16 issues

Bangladesh and Maldives study-visit

A delegation of 8 officials from Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics(BBS) visited Maldives National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) from 25-27 June 2019 to share the knowledge and experience in the administrative of vital statistics in both the countries. On 26th June, the delegation met with the members of CRVS technical team in Maldives. The meeting started with an introduction to the VRS system in Maldives with a presentation given by Local Government Authority (LGA) and National Centre for Information Technology (NCIT) on the new VRS system which is going to be rolled out this year in Maldives. Additionally, the delegation from BBS presented how Vital statistics are collected in Bangladesh. On 27th June, the delegation visited a nearby Island Council to learn from how birth and death forms are maintained at Island Council. The activities for the BBS study tour was jointly organized with the Local Government Authority(LGA) and Maldives CRVS technical team gained insight into how it is being done in neighbouring countries.

Building Capacity for Mortality Statistics Programs: Perspectives from the Indonesian Experience

Abstract Information on deaths by age, sex, and cause are primary inputs for health policy and epidemiological research. Currently, most developing countries lack efficient death registration systems that generate these data on a routine and timely basis. The global community is promoting initiatives to establish and strengthen national mortality statistics programs across the developing world. Building human, technical, and institutional capacity to operate these programs are essential elements for the program. In Indonesia, the government has established a national Sample Registration System (SRS) covering a population of 9 million and is looking toward further scaling up of operations of the mortality statistics program in conjunction with expansion of the national Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems. This article reports the theoretical and practical perspectives gained from experiences in developing human capacity in the Indonesian context. These perspectives are described in terms of the institutional, personnel, and functional components of the program for collection, compilation, analysis, and utilisation of mortality and cause of death data. The article also describes the challenges and potential solutions for implementing capacity building activities at national and subnational level. In conclusion, the need for and availability of training resources are discussed, including the potential for involvement of public health academia and international collaborations within a research framework on program management, quality evaluation, and data utilisation. Adequate attention to capacity building is essential to ensure the success and sustainability of national mortality statistics programs. Authors Chalapati Rao, Yuslely Usman, Matthew Kelly, Trijuni Angkasawati, Soewarta Kosen Department of Global Health, Research School of Population Health, Australian National University, Acton, Australia Centre for Humanities and Health Management, National Institute of Health Research and Development, Ministry of Health, Jakarta, Indonesia

CRVS Decade (2015-2024) Midterm Questionnaire

The Regional Action Framework responds to a request for regional action in support of improving national CRVS systems and acts as a catalyst for Governments and development partners to focus efforts on meeting specific goals and targets. The RAF contains three goals, fifteen nationally-set targets, seven action areas and eight implementation steps for countries to follow while improving their CRVS systems. Building off the baseline questionnaire, the midterm questionnaire assesses country progress in meeting their self-selected targets under the RAF goals. However, the midterm questionnaire not only measures country progress in reaching the goals and targets, but will also form the basis for a midterm, regional assessment report. In turn, the regional assessment report will serve as the basis for discussion at the 2020 Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific. For additional information please email the ESCAP CRVS team at

Tongan Digital Services Upgrade

Tongans will soon benefit from improved digital access to key public services, including significant upgrades to Tonga’s civil registration and national ID systems, following the approval of a US$4.65 million grant by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors. The Tonga Digital Government Support Project will strengthen digital access, efficiency and security in Tonga’s public service, by supporting a number of whole-of-government digital initiatives, including a new National Government Portal that will improve Tongans’ access to services and information across all Government ministries and agencies, as well as improvements to Tonga’s regulations for digital economy and digital government, data protection and privacy, and cyber security. In addition, the project will improve Tonga’s civil registration and national ID systems, ensuring that each Tongan citizen and resident is assigned a unique ID number at birth, that their legal identity can be authenticated for accessing services in-person and online, and that birth, death and marriage records are linked. For Tongan families, this will mean that newborns can be registered more quickly, and that all Tongans will have better access to education, health, employment, elections, immigration, property ownership and banking. These efforts will accelerate achievement of Sustainable Development Goal target (SDG) 16.9: to “provide legal identity for all, including birth registration.”




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