• 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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Report of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development on its second session

During the two-day meeting, participants discussed: sustainable development challenges and opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region; regional monitoring and review mechanisms; perspectives on the post-2015 development agenda and the sustainable development goals; the form and function of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development beyond 2015; and the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the sustainable development goals. The Forum also showcased national examples and experiences in sustainable development, with a focus on integration of its three dimensions.

The Right to Universal Birth Registration in Australia by Melissa Castan & Paula Gerber

Having a birth certificate is a key to citizenship. Most people born in this country take it for granted that they can prove they are Australian and lawful citizens by producing their birth certificate. But a number of Australians — predominantly Indigenous people and those from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities — miss out on the benefits of citizenship and struggle to fully participate in society because their birth has never been registered, or if it was, they cannot produce a birth certificate to prove it.

72nd Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

The seventy-second session of the Commission will be held from 15 to 19 May 2016 (Sunday to Thursday) at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok. The session will comprise two segments: the senior officials segment, which will be held from 15 May to the afternoon of 17 May; and the ministerial segment from the afternoon of 17 May to 19 May. The Special Body on Least Developed, Landlocked Developing and Pacific Island Developing Countries will be held on 16 May.

Concept Note Bali Process Civil Registration Assessment Toolkit

The Regional Support Office of the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime has initiated a project to develop a toolkit for interested States to analyse and improve how they register births, deaths and marriages of these key population subgroups. The toolkit will be based on international standards, recommendations and case studies of good practice. It is expected that the toolkit will be published for use in the second half of 2016. This is the concept note for the project.