• 2024 Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Applied Research Training Initiative

    The CRVS applied research training (CART) initiative focuses on enhancing CRVS systems through supporting applied research on strategies, interventions, and tools. This involves designing projects to address practical questions, employing robust methodologies, and identifying key personnel for effective implementation and publication. The need to strengthen practitioners' research capacity is evident, as highlighted in the Asia-Pacific CRVS research forum held in 2023. 

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  • Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems Improvement Framework

    To meet the targets of the CRVS Decade, a Business Process Improvement approach can help improve and streamline Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) system. The CRVS Systems Improvement Framework help CRVS stakeholders assess, analyze and redesign, to improve user experience and produce timely vital statistics. 

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  • Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Inequality Assessments

    The Ministerial Declaration on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific emphasizes the need to address CRVS inequalities among hard-to-reach and marginalized populations, promoting universality and equity in civil registration regardless of factors such as gender, religion, or ethnicity. Countries are encouraged to conduct assessments to assess where such inequalities may exist.

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  • Asia-Pacific Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Research Forum

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


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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 March 2016


  • Strong commitment for improving CRVS in the Pacific
  • Toolkit for assessing civil registration of asylum seekers, refugees, stateless persons and persons of undetermined nationality 
  • Countries reporting on national targets and baseline data
  • 72nd Commission session approves the Report of the Regional Steering Group for CRVS in Asia and the Pacific


Meeting of the Brisbane Accord Group (BAG)

Regional and country level representatives from partner agencies will meet on the 25-27 October for the Brisbane Accord Group meeting in Suva, Fiji, where regional progress and engagement in The Pacific Vital Statistics Action Plan (PVSAP) will be discussed. This meeting will focus on the activities that are currently being undertaken by partners in the region, in addition to country updates on the successes and challenges of registration coverage.

Regional technical consultation on monitoring the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Regional Office for South-East Asia, World Health Organization is organizing a Regional technical consultation on monitoring the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New Delhi, India. The overall objective of the technical consultation is “to enhance national capacity to monitor the health-related SDGs including equity analysis.”

Specific objectives are to:

CRVS Insight December 2016


  • Strong commitment to CRVS at the Fifth Committee on Statistics
  • World Bank Approves $150 Million to Modernize Nepal’s Social Protection and Civil Registration Systems 
  • Data Analysis and Report Writing Workshop for Civil Registration Based Vital Statistics
  • ESCAP and D4H launches Project to Strengthen National Capacity in Producing and Disseminating Vital Statistics from Civil Registration Records


Technical guidance to D4H staff for the introduction of verbal autopsy into civil registration and vital statistics systems

Accurate cause of death (COD) information is fundamental to good public health practice. The principal sources of information are medical certificates of COD for deaths in hospitals and verbal autopsies for non-hospital deaths. A verbal autopsy (VA) is a process whereby relatives of the deceased respond to questions about the medical history and terminal illness of the decedent (i.e. the illness that led directly to death). These two sources of COD data are complementary.