• 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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  • New Dates announced for the Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific

    Originally postponed because of the global pandemic, the Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS now has new dates for the 16th to 19th November, 2021. The current situation hindered preparations for the event in 2020, but we are back on track 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.

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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.

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The Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems has launched a new Directory of Experts online platform

The new online platform hosts a diverse listing of individual experts and organizations focused on strengthening CRVS systems. The Directory aims to connect governments, practitioners and experts from across the global CRVS community to develop, strengthen, and scale-up civil registration and vital statistics systems. It also allows organizations to share news announcements and job opportunities in a communal online space.

Consultancy with UNICEF to support the National Statistics Committee of Kazakhstan in strengthening and improving child statistics data

UNICEF Kazakhstan is looking for an expert to support the national processes to improve child births, deaths, causes-of-deaths data recording and registration, and carry out a rapid assessment of national civil registration and vital statistics systems. To estimate child-related SDG indicators and improve data disaggregation, it is essential to strengthen the national CRVS system. Working in close collaboration with country experts, the consultant will study all aspects of this system to identify practices to improve.

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:

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.




Advocacy Materials, Meeting Documents, UN Official Documents, 2015
International Standards and Recommendations, Training and Tools, 2020