• 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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  • Preparations for the Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific

    The Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS will be taking place from the 16th to 19th November, 2021. It will be 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. Preparations to get as much valuable inputs for the conference has already started, for example through the children and youth consultation, have already started and updates will be published on this website regularly.

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  • Midterm CRVS Decade (2015-2024) Progress

    ESCAP is collecting country midterm questionnaires to measure regional progress through the midpoint of the CRVS Decade (2015-2024). Responses will inform and guide preparations for the Second Ministerial Conference in November 2021.

    What are the numbers so far?

    • 45 midterm questionnaires collected
    • 53 national focal points established

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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

The region has reached the midpoint of the Asian and Pacific Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Decade (2015-2024). The Decade is dedicated to achieving universal and responsive CRVS systems. CRVS systems provide individuals with a legal identity, facilitating access to public services, while supporting governments by producing better data to guide decision making. The COVID-19 crisis has further put a spotlight on the importance of CRVS systems by revealing the stark inequalities and fragility of our health care and social protection systems.

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.