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CIVIL REGISTRATION AND VITAL STATISTICS

IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

  • 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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The CRVS community in Asia and the Pacific is now actively preparing for the celebration of the midpoint of the CRVS Decade (2015-2024), planned for 16 to 19 November 2021. In this effect, many of our partners and member countries are leading actions and publications to establish where the region stands and to fill the remaining gaps.

To learn more about CRVS in Asia and the Pacific and keep updated on preparations for the Ministerial Conference, please subscribe to our newsletter, which offers a monthly panorama of CRVS actions throughout the region

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New round of faciliated CRVS eLearning course launched by World Bank

The World Bank has announced that another round of the Advanced-Level (Facilitated) Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) eLearning Course is now open for enrollment. This course covers 13 modules and is virtually guided by international experts who further facilitate online discussions and assignments. It requires the completion of the Basic-level (Self-paced) CRVS course.
To enroll:
1. Go to the Open Learning Campus website: https://olc.worldbank.org/

WHO to support seven countries in CRVS systems' strengthening

As part of its ongoing support for countries improving the performance of their CRVS systems, particularly death registration and causes of death, the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO) is supporting CRVS strengthening in seven countries. The countries selected for the project are India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Indonesia, and Timor Leste.

The importance of CRVS systems for gender equality

CRVS systems play a significant role for all individuals by ensuring the registration of births, deaths, marriages, and other vital events, and the recording of causes of death. They provide individuals with legal forms of identification, enabling access to government services such as education and healthcare but also facilitating opening a bank account, formal employment and getting a driving license or a passport.

Report on progress towards the achievement of the goals of the Asia and Pacific Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Decade (2015–2024)

To inform the discussions around CRVS at the seventh session of the ESCAP Committee on Statistics, a report was published, with information pulled from the questionnaires sent by countries as part of the midterm assessment of the CRVS Decade for Action. It aims at giving a preliminary picture of the main trends in the Asia-Pacific countries since the inception of the Decade, especially regarding the implementation steps of the Regional Action Framework and the birth and death registration level.

The importance of CRVS systems for gender equality

Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems play a significant role for all individuals by ensuring the registration of births, deaths, marriages, and other vital events, and the recording of causes of death. They provide individuals with legal forms of identification, enabling access to government services such as education and healthcare but also facilitating opening a bank account, formal employment and getting a driving license or a passport.

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