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CIVIL REGISTRATION AND VITAL STATISTICS

IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea

The statutory authority on civil registration in PNG is the Civil & Identity Registry Office, which depends of the Department for Community Development & Religion. Its governing law is the Civil Registration Act, lastly amended in 2014. The vital statistics are produced and published by the National Statistics Office. Civil registration data is also collected through the health system which tabulates births and deaths on a monthly basis. Medical certificates of death are completed for some deaths at the request of the family but were until recently not centrally collated and primarily for family use. Older systems of recording births and deaths such as village registers are also still in use in some areas through Provincial governments. A CRVS committee was established in 2014, with different agencies, including the Department of Health, the Civil & Identity Registry Office, the National Statistics Office and the Planning and Monitoring Department.

 

In the past years, the PNG government has started implementing a largescale National ID program which is still underway. Providing every citizen with an ID card has been identified as a core priority. Birth certificates now come with unique number to facilitate the provision of a NID card when reaching 18. A centralized database has been created to retrieve the information quicker and more easily.

CRVS Focal Point:

Mr. Noel Mobiha, Acting Registrar-General, National Civil & Identity Registry Office
And Mr. Nicholas Piauka, Policy Manager, National Civil & Identity Registry Office

Papua New Guinea

Goal 1. Universal civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events

Goal 1 Targets:

1.A
By 2024, at least 90 per cent of births in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are registered.
1.B
By 2024, at least 90 per cent of children under 5 years old in the territory and jurisdiction have had their birth registered.
1.C
By 2024, at least 70 per cent of all individuals in the territory and jurisdiction have had their birth registered.
1.D
By 2024, at least 25 per cent of all deaths that take place in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are registered.
1.E
By 2024, at least ... per cent of all deaths recorded by the health sector in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year have a medically certified cause of death recorded using the international form of the death certificate.

Goal 2. All individuals are provided with legal documentation of civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events, as necessary, to claim identity, civil status and ensuing rights

Goal 2 Targets:

2.A
By 2024, at least 50 per cent of all births registered in the territory and jurisdiction are accompanied with the issuance of an official birth certificate that includes, as a minimum, the individual’s name, sex, date and place of birth, and name of parent(s) where known.
2.B
By 2024, at least 20 per cent of all deaths registered in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are accompanied with the issuance of an official death certificate which includes, as a minimum, the deceased’s name, date of death, sex, and age.

Goal 3. Accurate, complete and timely vital statistics (including on causes of death) are produced based on registration records and are disseminated

Goal 3 Targets:

3.A
By … (year), annual nationally representative statistics on births – disaggregated by age of mother, sex of child, geographic area and administrative subdivision – are produced from registration records or other valid administrative data sources.
3.B
By … (year), annual nationally representative statistics on deaths – disaggregated by age, sex, cause of death defined by ICD (latest version as appropriate), geographic area and administrative subdivision – are produced from registration records or other valid administrative data sources.
3.C
By 2024, at least … per cent of deaths occurring in health facilities or with the attention of a medical practitioner have an underlying cause of death code derived from the medical certificate according to the standards defined by ICD (latest version as appropriate).
3.D
By 2024, the proportion of deaths coded to ill-defined codes will have been reduced to … per cent.
3.E
By 2024, at least … per cent of deaths taking place outside of a health facility and without the attention of a medical practitioner have their underlying cause of death code determined through verbal autopsy in line with international standards.
3.F
By 2024, key summary tabulations of vital statistics on births and deaths using registration records as the primary source, are made available in the public domain in electronic format annually, and within one calendar year.
3.G
By 2024, key summary tabulations of vital statistics on causes of death using registration records as the primary source, are made available in the public domain in electronic format annually, and within two calendar years.
3.H
By 2024, an accurate, complete and timely vital statistics report for the previous two years, using registration records as the primary source, is made available in the public domain.

Goal 1. Universal civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events

Goal 1 is an expression of the internationally accepted principle of the universal coverage of civil registration. The CRVS system should register all vital events occurring in the territory and jurisdiction of the country or area, including among hard-to-reach and marginalized populations.

National Targets:

1.A
By 2024, at least 90 per cent of births in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are registered.

TARGET

2024

90%

1.B
By 2024, at least 90 per cent of children under 5 years old in the territory and jurisdiction have had their birth registered.

TARGET

2024

90%

1.C
By 2024, at least 70 per cent of all individuals in the territory and jurisdiction have had their birth registered.

TARGET

2024

70%

1.D
By 2024, at least 25 per cent of all deaths that take place in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are registered.

TARGET

2024

25%

1.E
By 2024, at least ... per cent of all deaths recorded by the health sector in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year have a medically certified cause of death recorded using the international form of the death certificate.

Goal 2. All individuals are provided with legal documentation of civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events, as necessary, to claim identity, civil status and ensuing rights

Goal 2 reflects that CRVS systems provide legal documentation of civil registration to individuals and families for legal and administrative purposes. Legal documentation is strongly linked with a broad range of rights and activities, in particular legal identity. This goal addresses the distinction between the civil registration of a vital event and the possession of formal proof that it took place, in the form of legal documentation.

National Targets:

2.A
By 2024, at least 50 per cent of all births registered in the territory and jurisdiction are accompanied with the issuance of an official birth certificate that includes, as a minimum, the individual’s name, sex, date and place of birth, and name of parent(s) where known.

TARGET

2024

50%

2.B
By 2024, at least 20 per cent of all deaths registered in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are accompanied with the issuance of an official death certificate which includes, as a minimum, the deceased’s name, date of death, sex, and age.

TARGET

2024

20%

Goal 3. Accurate, complete and timely vital statistics (including on causes of death) are produced based on registration records and are disseminated

Goal 3 highlights the critical importance of civil registration being linked to the production and quality assurance of vital statistics on the occurrence and characteristics of vital events.

National Targets:

3.A
By … (year), annual nationally representative statistics on births – disaggregated by age of mother, sex of child, geographic area and administrative subdivision – are produced from registration records or other valid administrative data sources.
3.B
By … (year), annual nationally representative statistics on deaths – disaggregated by age, sex, cause of death defined by ICD (latest version as appropriate), geographic area and administrative subdivision – are produced from registration records or other valid administrative data sources.
3.C
By 2024, at least … per cent of deaths occurring in health facilities or with the attention of a medical practitioner have an underlying cause of death code derived from the medical certificate according to the standards defined by ICD (latest version as appropriate).
3.D
By 2024, the proportion of deaths coded to ill-defined codes will have been reduced to … per cent.
3.E
By 2024, at least … per cent of deaths taking place outside of a health facility and without the attention of a medical practitioner have their underlying cause of death code determined through verbal autopsy in line with international standards.
3.F
By 2024, key summary tabulations of vital statistics on births and deaths using registration records as the primary source, are made available in the public domain in electronic format annually, and within one calendar year.

TARGET

2024

3.G
By 2024, key summary tabulations of vital statistics on causes of death using registration records as the primary source, are made available in the public domain in electronic format annually, and within two calendar years.

TARGET

2024

3.H
By 2024, an accurate, complete and timely vital statistics report for the previous two years, using registration records as the primary source, is made available in the public domain.

TARGET

2024

Papua New Guinea

National Coordination Mechanism

Status in Papua New Guinea: Complete

Comprehensive Assessment

Status in Papua New Guinea: Complete

National Targets for 2024

Status in Papua New Guinea: In progress

Monitoring & Reporting Plan

Status in Papua New Guinea: Not started

Inequality Assessment

Status in Papua New Guinea: Not started

National Strategy

Status in Papua New Guinea: Plans

National Focal Point

Status in Papua New Guinea: Complete

Reporting to ESCAP

Status in Papua New Guinea: Complete

Papua New Guinea Events
09 December 2015 - 10 December 2015
The workshop for National CRVS Focal Points is aimed at strengthening capacities for setting national targets and collecting, compiling and…
Papua New Guinea News
08 February 2019
Between 28 - 30 January, in Bangkok, Thailand, Vital Strategies and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP…
29 January 2018
The CRVS Secretariat of the Cabinet Division, Government of Bangladesh organized the "International Conference on CRVS, 2018" on 23-25 January 2018…
08 September 2017
The Pacific Ministers of Health Meeting was held in the Cook Islands from 28-30 August. Ministers emphasized the importance of CRVS to the health…
06 September 2017
The Cook Islands hosted the Pacific Ministers of Health Meeting 28-30 August 2017. Ministers again emphasized the importance of civil registration…
11 May 2017
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03 April 2017
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18 September 2016
Over the last 2 weeks of September, 18 participants from six countries (Kiribati, Tuvalu, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands)…
29 April 2016
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The seventy-first session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific adopted resolution 71/14 on the Asian and Pacific Civil…
Newsletters, 2016
Articles Strong commitment for improving CRVS in the Pacific Toolkit for assessing civil registration of asylum seekers, refugees, stateless…
Meeting Documents, 2014
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Meeting Documents, 2016
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The Ministerial Declaration to "Get every one in the picture' in Asia and the Pacific was made at the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration…
Meeting Documents, Report, UN Official Documents, 2014
The Report of the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific gives an overview of the main outcomes of…
Advocacy Materials, 2014
In preparation for the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific a fact sheet on civil registration…
Papua New Guinea

The statutory authority on civil registration in PNG is the Civil & Identity Registry Office, which depends of the Department for Community Development & Religion. Its governing law is the Civil Registration Act, lastly amended in 2014. The vital statistics are produced and published by the National Statistics Office. Civil registration data is also collected through the health system which tabulates births and deaths on a monthly basis. Medical certificates of death are completed for some deaths at the request of the family but were until recently not centrally collated and primarily for family use. Older systems of recording births and deaths such as village registers are also still in use in some areas through Provincial governments. A CRVS committee was established in 2014, with different agencies, including the Department of Health, the Civil & Identity Registry Office, the National Statistics Office and the Planning and Monitoring Department.

 

In the past years, the PNG government has started implementing a largescale National ID program which is still underway. Providing every citizen with an ID card has been identified as a core priority. Birth certificates now come with unique number to facilitate the provision of a NID card when reaching 18. A centralized database has been created to retrieve the information quicker and more easily.

CRVS Focal Point:

Mr. Noel Mobiha, Acting Registrar-General, National Civil & Identity Registry Office
And Mr. Nicholas Piauka, Policy Manager, National Civil & Identity Registry Office

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