• 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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Read the midterm report


Report of the Regional Steering Group for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific

In May 2015, members and associate members of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific endorsed the Ministerial Declaration to “Get Every One in the Picture” in Asia and the Pacific and the Regional Action Framework on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific, and declared the Asian and Pacific Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Decade, 2015-2024.

Natural Disaster Displayed the Importance of CRVS in Region

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 05/10/2016 - 17:04

Both as a Fijian and as Chair of the Regional Steering Group on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific I would like to stress the importance of our work to create better civil registration and vital statistics systems in our region. Because unregistered persons are often invisible to the State; their level of vulnerability and the limitations they face in gaining access to help and social protection can be very difficult to assess. This problem is especially salient during natural disasters such as the cyclone we recently experienced in Fiji.

Workshop on Enterprise Architecture (EA) Process Mapping for Strengthening CRVS Design

This workshop was organized by D4H with the collaboration of Melbourne University and the Swiss TPH. It took place in the United Nations Conference Center UNCC, Bangkok, Thailand, from May 9 2016 to May 11, 2016. The workshop applied specific analytic approaches to understand each countries system typologies; organizational structure, processes and workflows. As explained by the Swiss TPH: “CRVS systems are extraordinarily complex systems; and much of the slow progress in CRVS performance improvements suggests system failures rather than technical failure”. This process allows for diagnostic of the actual system’s architecture and a later modelling of the proposed architecture. This aids countries in plan better CRVS Systems and estimate future requirements and resources needed to achieve them.

Administrative Data Sources for Compiling Millennium Development Goals and Related Indicators

The handbook is one of the outputs of the Asian Development Bank regional technical assistance (TA) on Improving Administrative Data Sources for the Monitoring of the Millennium Development Goals Indicators. It serves as a reference tool for data producers on improving administrative data sources for compiling the Millennium Development Goals and other indicators.

ESCAP Resolution 69/15 (2013) Implementing the outcome of the High-level Meeting on the Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific

This resolution calls for ESCAP to convene a regional intergovernmental ministerial meeting on CRVS in 2014. In addition, among other things, the resolution reiterates the call for countries to conduct assessments of CRVS systems, supports the Committee on Statistics’ endorsement of the Regional Strategic Plan for the Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in the Asia and the Pacific, and requests ESCAP to establish a regional steering group on CRVS.

ARROW and partners recommend to put in place functional CRVS systems at the national level

During the 49th Commission on Population and Development the Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW) delivered a statement endorsed by more than 55 Civil Society Organizations from the region. Amongst the cited recommendations for the strengthening of demographic evidence, they called upon States and the international community to support the monitoring of ICPD and the SDG Agenda 2030, through establishment of functional data instruments such as civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems, censuses, and household surveys at the national level. Further to this, stakeholders should take into account the advances and innovations in Information, and Communication Technology for achieving these goals.

Regional workshop on outcomes and lessons learnt from technical assistance projects in support of improving CRVS systems

On 18-19 April, ESCAP convened a regional workshop for countries who received small grants to support national CRVS improvement activities. The technical activities conducted by countries reflected their specific national priorities and were aligned with the Regional Action Framework for CRVS. Participants included partner institutions from Armenia, Bhutan, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati and the Philippines.