• 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 to be 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.

    The report will be launched on 28 June.

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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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  • 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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APFSD Side Event: Use of data for action: addressing the indirect impact of COVID-19 on the delivery and use of health services

This side event, organised in the context of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2021, aims to explore how the use of health data is critical to address the indirect effects of COVID-19 on the delivery and use of sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (SRMNCAH) services in the Asia-Pacific region and the implications on achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal for Health (SDG 3).

77th Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

The 77th session of Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Commission (ESCAP) will be held from April 26th to 29th 2021 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand and via videoconferencing. The annual Commission Session provides a forum for Governments of the region to review and discuss economic and social issues and strengthen regional cooperation. Moreover, it provides a platform for decision-makers to launch regional initiatives.

Workshop on ‘Essentials of National Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS)’ in Islamabad, Pakistan

As part of a broad project to strengthen the CRVS system in Pakistan, the Technical Support Unit (TSU) of the Ministry of Planning is organizing, in collaboration with ESCAP, a workshop on the Essentials of National Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS).

The current situation of the CRVS system of Pakistan will be discussed, along with what can be done to improve it.

APFSD Side Event: Invisibility in COVID-19 times, Mid-Term and Mid-Crisis

The Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2021 will in part be dedicated to the in-depths review of SDGs 1, 2, 3, 8, 10, 12, 13, 16 and 17, which include target 16.9 on the provision of legal identity for all, including birth registration, and indicator 17.19.2(b) on the percentage of countries having achieved 100 per cent birth registration and 80 per cent death registration.

Vanuatu towards the SDG 16.9

The Vanuatu Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Department (CRVSD) is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 16, Target 16.9: "By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration." It seems very possible that this target, in Vanuatu, will be achieved in the next few years and most likely long before 2030.




International Standards and Recommendations, 2021