• 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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Postponement of the Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific

In light of the current situation regarding COVID-19, the celebration of the midpoint of the CRVS Decade (2015-2024) was postponed until November 2021. The ongoing pandemic impedes the safe organization of such an event, while also shedding new light on the need for well-functioning CRVS systems that can feed discussions on regional challenges.

We will do our best to keep you informed of Conference updates and in the meantime additional information and resources can be accessed here.


Legal identity expert group settles on definition of 'legal identity' with civil registration foundation

At the request of DSG Ms. Amina Mohammed, a time-bound inter-agency group — the UN Legal Identity Expert Group (UN LIEG) was established in September 2018 under the purview of the UN Sustainable Development Group's Strategic Results Group on SDG Implementation. The LIEG is composed of 17 UN agencies. The substantive focus of the LIEG is an emphasis on building legal identity system founded on civil registration from birth to death, and with a human rights approach.

23 Member states have already reported on their progress on CRVS since 2015 by submitting their midterm questionnaire to ESCAP

As an important component for monitoring and evaluating progress, countries committed to reporting their progress throughout the CRVS Decade (2015 - 2024). By 16 December, countries should submit responses to the midterm questionnaire updating on their progress on meeting their national CRVS targets.

Kyrgyz Republic announced as the first country to successfully eliminate all known cases of statelessness

There is no region of the world unaffected by statelessness, particularly given the annual increase in refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants. That’s why it was big news when UNICEF and UNHCR jointly announced that since 2014, Kyrgyzstan has identified more than 13,700 stateless persons and persons with undetermined nationality and provided them with birth registration or citizenship.

Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion offering two courses on statelessness in 2020

The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion is offering two courses on statelessness in 2020: 1) The Statelessness Summer Course, and 2) The Advanced Course on Childhood Statelessness & the Child's Right to a Nationality. The Summer Course will be offered for the ninth year in a row and is open to anyone interested in statelessness issues.




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