• Resources for civil registration during the COVID-19 pandemic

    The current pandemic is disrupting CRVS systems all over the world, but 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 have developed resources offering guidance for civil registration stakeholders on maintaining CRVS activities.

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

    The Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS has been postponed to 2021. The uncertainty of the current situation made it unfit to properly prepare for this event, meant to celebrate progress midway through the CRVS Decade (2015-2024), identify remaining challenges, emphasize the role CRVS plays in 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 October 2020.

    What are the numbers so far?

    • 41 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 global situation, the celebration of the midpoint of the CRVS Decade (2015-2024) has been postponed. The ongoing crisis indeed impedes the safe organization of such an event, and sheds a new light on the needs for CRVS systems which might feed into the discussions on the remaining challenges in the region. In the build up to the Conference, additional information and resources can be accessed here.


Primary Health Care on the Road to Universal Health Coverage: 2019 Global Monitoring Report

This 2019 Global Monitoring Report comes out on the eve of the High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage at the United Nations General Assembly. This level of political commitment is more welcome than ever because it is essential on three fronts. First, to accelerate progress in areas where we have seen improvements. Second, to remove the barriers that are slowing down access to health services in some countries and among certain populations.

Workshop on the midterm review of the CRVS Decade (2015-2024)

In an effort to assist National Focal Points in collating and reporting on country progress midway through the CRVS Decade, ESCAP hosted a workshop on the midterm questionnaire and its completion. Participants began by discussing the midterm review process, analysing why it is important to collect the information and how the 2019 questionnaire compares to the 2015 baseline questionnaires, and finished the workshop by thouroughly examining the information being collected.

Fifth meeting of the Regional Steering Group for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific

The Regional Steering Group is responsible for providing regional oversight and guidance for the implementation of the Regional Action Framework on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific, as well as acting as the custodian of the Asia and Pacific CRVS Decade (2015 - 2024). Comprising 22 representatives from member states, along with 8 development partners, the 30 members of the RSG represent a balance of geography and sectors including civil registration, statistics, health and planning, and was endorsed by the ESCAP Commission at its seventy-first session in May 2015. The group has met annually since its establishment in 2015 and will do so for a fifth time between 17 - 19 September 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand. The Fifth Meeting will address, among other topics, the progress of country reports on the Midterm Questionnaire, ESCAP and development partner support for ensuring high quality responses, the continued preparatory work for the Ministerial Conference in 2020 (both the Main and Side Events), as well as the working arrangements of the RSG.

Vital Statistics Workshop for North and Central Asian Countries

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Statistics Norway, and the European Free Trade Association, are jointly co-hosting a workshop to improve the capacity of national Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems in producing and disseminating vital statistics. The Project supports the implementation of the Regional Action Framework on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific, in particular Goal 3 which stipulates that accurate, complete and timely vital statistics (including on causes of death) are produced, based on registration records, and disseminated. This workshop, from 7 - 11 October 2019 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, is a stand-alone event aimed at strengthening the dissemination of vital statistics, as well as coordination among the relevant stakeholders responsible for producing and using vital statistics. Ultimately, the workshop will assist countries in creating a complete, national vital statistics report. Resources will be uploaded soon to the link below.

Goal 16 Advocacy Toolkit

Recognizing the critical importance of Goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda on peaceful, just and inclusive societies and accountable institutions, this toolkit provides civil society and other nongovernmental stakeholders with guidance on how to engage with their governments and other local, regional or international stakeholders to support the planning, implementation, follow-up and accountability of Goal 16. The Goal 16 Advocacy Toolkit includes guidance, tools and tips on: Contextualizing Goal 16 Engaging with Goal 16 at the national level Preparing a “Gap Analysis” Undertaking a Stakeholder Mapping and Analysis Developing an Advocacy Plan for Goal 16 Crafting compelling advocacy messages around Goal 16 Working with national governments to support planning and implementation of Goal 16 Supporting national follow-up and monitoring for Goal 16 Working with international processes and various other stakeholders Case studies for successful advocacy by civil society organizations on Goal 16 issues

Bangladesh and Maldives study-visit

A delegation of 8 officials from Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics(BBS) visited Maldives National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) from 25-27 June 2019 to share the knowledge and experience in the administrative of vital statistics in both the countries. On 26th June, the delegation met with the members of CRVS technical team in Maldives. The meeting started with an introduction to the VRS system in Maldives with a presentation given by Local Government Authority (LGA) and National Centre for Information Technology (NCIT) on the new VRS system which is going to be rolled out this year in Maldives. Additionally, the delegation from BBS presented how Vital statistics are collected in Bangladesh. On 27th June, the delegation visited a nearby Island Council to learn from how birth and death forms are maintained at Island Council. The activities for the BBS study tour was jointly organized with the Local Government Authority(LGA) and Maldives CRVS technical team gained insight into how it is being done in neighbouring countries.




Advocacy Materials, Meeting Documents, UN Official Documents, 2015
Newsletters, 2020
Country Assessments and Strategies, 2020