• Asia-Pacific Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Research Forum

    The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will organize the first Asia-Pacific CRVS Research Forum to be held from 3 – 4 April 2023. Hosted by ESCAP in Bangkok, this fully online event offers a major research, information sharing, and capacity-building opportunity for participants, who will be able to present at and attend paper presentations and interactive sessions, including networking opportunities.

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  • Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific

    The Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS took place from the 16th to 19th November, 2021. It has been the occasion to celebrate progress through the CRVS Decade (2015-2024), identify remaining challenges, emphasize CRVS for sustainable development and promote CRVS as the foundation for legal identity.

    Recordings, side-events and preparatory and outcome documents can be consulted on this website.

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  • Launch of Getting Every One in the Picture - a snapshot of progress midway through the Asian and Pacific Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Decade

    In preparation of the Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific held from 16 to 19 November 2021, ESCAP has prepared a report on the situation of CRVS systems in the region. By celebrating the progresses and highlighting the challenges remaining to achieving universal registration systems, the report aims at shaping the priorities for the second half of the Decade.

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  • Resources for civil registration during the COVID-19 pandemic

    The current pandemic is disrupting CRVS systems all over the world, but also highlighting why well-functioning systems are more essential than ever. As a result, the UN Statistics Division, the World Health Organization and the UN Legal Identity Agenda Task Force developed COVID-19 resources offering guidance for civil registration stakeholders on maintaining CRVS activities.

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The CRVS community in Asia and the Pacific has reflected on where it stands at the midpoint of the CRVS Decade (2015-2024) during the Second Ministerial Conference. Following this celebration of progress, many of our partners and member countries are leading actions to fill the remaining gaps.

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CRVS Insight

CRVS Insight brings its readers the most relevant CRVS-related news from around Asia-Pacific. CRVS Insight also highlights upcoming events like conferences and webinars, as well as brings its readers the newest resources for CRVS stakeholders, including training materials and research related to CRVS.

Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Revision 3

Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System provides guidance on establishing a functioning system for collecting, processing and disseminating vital statistics; improving sources of vital statistics, primarily the functioning of the civil registration system and its components; and the role of complementary sources of vital statistics, such as population censuses, household surveys and public-health records. The document was prepared by the UN Statistics Division.

Training course on civil registration and vital statistics systems

The International Statistics Program has developed a training course CRVS systems to provide information to epidemiologists, statisticians, demographers, and others working in public health about vital statistics data gathered from a national civil registration system. Even though CRVS systems may differ somewhat from country to country, there are internationally accepted principles and recommendations for national CRVS systems.

Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Legal and Regulatory Review: Tool and Methodology

This toolkit provides a guide for analysing existing CRVS laws to identify legal obstacles and opportunities. Even though CRVS systems should serve the same principal functions, every country has different approaches based on its legal structure, history, and culture. Countries also differ in their CRVS organization, implementation, processes, scale, partners, and capacities. This toolkit attempts to provide a standardized methodology to capture and evaluate this range of approaches and needs.

CRVS eLearning Course (World bank and other partners)

The CRVS eLearning course comprises 13 technical modules that aim to train policy-makers, public and civil servants, researchers, development practitioners and civil society organizations using practical tools and approaches to building and maintaining CRVS systems that are linked to identity management systems and tailored to local contexts. The World Bank Group coordinated the development of the eLearning course, with contributions from partners including CDC, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO and D4H.

Visit the website here.

Handbook on civil registration and vital statistics systems: management, operations, maintenance

This handbook offers specifications and practical examples for the improvement and/or establishment of civil registration, vital statistics and identity management systems. It presents model organizational and legal arrangements, as well as ideal descriptions, processes and protocols that are considered the gold standard.

Access the handbook here.

Ten CRVS Milestones

The Ten CRVS Milestones framework has been developed to help policy-makers, managers and other CRVS stakeholders understand CRVS systems, capturing complexity by focusing on the 10 milestones that must be achieved in any CRVS system. Each milestone summarizes the actions that community, local and national stakeholders must take to ensure that every birth or death is officially registered and included in country vital statistics systems.

Access to the document here