• 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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Results: Highlights and feedback

Highlights and feedback: 2023 Asia-Pacific CRVS Research Forum

This section provides details on feedback on the forum based on the evaluation responses submitted by the participants. 57 participants responded to the evaluation survey. Figures 4 to 6 show how satisfied the participants were with the overall organization of the forum. Figures 7 to 9 reflect participants’ views on the outcome and learning achieved through the forum, along with other comments and suggestions.

Results: About the Participants

Report on the results of the 2023 Asia-Pacific CRVS Research Forum

The 2023 Asia-Pacific Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) research forum was held as a virtual event from 3 to 4 April 2023 in seven sessions, which included 24 presentations under 5 research themes, 6 key-note speeches and 4 interactive sessions. It aimed to offer a major research, information sharing, capacity-building, and networking opportunity for participants who attended and presented at the forum.

Strengthening the Birth Registration System in Samoa

Birth registration is a fundamental right, recognized by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and often forms the basis for the achievement of many other rights, including, but not limited to, the right to health and the right to education. Birth registration and related information are also key in ensuring effective development planning which benefits all, especially in a country like Samoa which remains increasingly vulnerable to disasters.

CRVS Platforms: Key findings for practitioner

This publication is for international development practitioners, both in programme and ICT divisions, who wish to understand and implement digitalised civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) programmes. These findings highlight a selection of CRVS platforms. The platforms were selected after an extensive market survey of existing CRVS offerings. Conducted by UNICEF, the review assessed the functional and nonfunctional aspects, as well as maturity, of CRVS products. This publication is relevant to UN, government, and NGO actors.

UNDP Guide - Drafting Data Protection Legislation: A Study of Regional Frameworks

This guide is essential for UNDP Country Offices requested, by host governments, to assist in the development of data protection and privacy legislation. It analyses key themes and principles in data protection law and practice, via contrasting how all the the major themes in data protection and privacy law and institutional frameworks are addressed in the major regional data protection and privacy frameworks around the world, including, among others, the AU, OAS, EU, CARICOM and ASEAN.