"Social and demographic statistics meet big data"
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.
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ESCAP's Statistics Division will be hosting two rounds of a regional workshop on Measuring SDG Indicators through Population and Housing Census and CRVS Data. The concept note, agenda and more information is available here.
The International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) has announced the launch of the 2021 IAOS Young Statisticians Prize. This international prize is designed to encourage young statisticians to take an active interest in official statistics and is awarded for the best paper in the field of official statistics written by a young statistician. Asia-Pacific is traditionally very active in the Prize and has successfully secured first, second and third prizes since its inception in 2011.
As demand for trusted, inclusive, open and reliable data surges in the face of unprecedented challenges, the global community of data experts and users came together from 19 to 21 October for a virtual UN World Data Forum.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the role of well-designed, implemented and coordinated social protection systems in protecting people throughout their lives and promoting their well-being. The pandemic has also shown that social protection should be a right for all, rather than a privilege for a few. However, many challenges remain in ensuring that the goal of universal social protection comes to fruition in Asia-Pacific.
ESCAP's Statistics Director, Gemma Van Halderen, recently published a blog for the International Statistical Institute 'Statisticians React to the News' series on the importance of CRVS in bringing joy to people's lives. The blog reacted to the news of women in Afghanistan risking their lives to claim their identities and tied the story into the larger narrative about how well-functioning CRVS systems promote gender equality by ensuring women and girls get in the picture.
"Producing population statistics from population registers"
Technological advances in the use of population registers for the purposes of administration and service delivery has increased interest in establishing them or developing them further. At the same time, increased demand for timely and disaggregated data, such as for monitoring the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, amplifies interest in population registers as a source of statistical data, especially with regard to up to date and granular population estimates.
Challenges in the Development of Register-Based Population Statistics
Integrated civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) and identity management systems (IDMS) provide a critical basis for identity management and the establishment of personal identity. When developed in an integrated matter, these systems can provide major savings in terms of time and costs, in addition to creating efficiencies in the flow of information across relevant institutions. Some countries are leading the development of more integrated approaches, and the lessons learned, if properly documented, may be useful to many low- and middle-income countries.