• 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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Launch of the first Vital Statistics Report of Bhutan

To leverage the use of administrative data for statistical purposes, the National Statistics Bureau has published a Vital Statistics Report using data maintained by the Department of Civil Registration and Census under the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs. This is the first report of its kind using civil registration data in the country. The report provides detailed statistics on births, deaths and registration completeness, as well as other related statistics for the year 2019 and prior.

D4H Global Grants program open for funding proposals

The Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative has launched a new funding cycle for its Global Grants Program. It offers the opportunity for country institutions to submit project ideas to improve public health data, including through the strengthening of civil registration and vital statistics systems. This round introduces equity as a new thematic priority area. Proposals related to the inclusion of marginalized populations or alleviation of inequities in data systems are therefore encouraged.

Seventh Meeting of the Regional Steering Group for CRVS

The seventh meeting of the Regional Steering Group for CRVS in Asia and the Pacific took place virtually on 18-19 May 2021.The group discussed preparations for the Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific, including reviewing draft papers, the communications strategy and discussing participation for the Ministerial Conference, which is due to take place in November.

Stats Café on Harnessing civil registration records for vital statistics on 24 May

The next Stats Café session will highlight the experiences of Georgia, Bhutan and Fiji in utilizing civil registration records for the production of vital statistics reports. ESCAP, with the help of partners, continues to provide technical assistance and have developed tools to countries in the region to realize the third target of the Regional Action Framework on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific.