• Asia-Pacific Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Research Forum

    The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will organize the first Asia-Pacific CRVS Research Forum to be held from 3 – 4 April 2023. Hosted by ESCAP in Bangkok, this fully online event offers a major research, information sharing, and capacity-building opportunity for participants, who will be able to present at and attend paper presentations and interactive sessions, including networking opportunities.

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  • Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific

    The Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS took place from the 16th to 19th November, 2021. It has been 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.

    Recordings, side-events and preparatory and outcome documents can be consulted on this website.

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  • 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 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.

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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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The CRVS community in Asia and the Pacific has reflected on where it stands at the midpoint of the CRVS Decade (2015-2024) during the Second Ministerial Conference. Following this celebration of progress, many of our partners and member countries are leading actions to fill the remaining gaps.

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Read the midterm report


Civil registration systems and vital statistics: successes and missed opportunities

This paper was published in 2007 as a part of the “The Who Counts?” Series of The Lancet. The authors Mahapatra et. al review the present situation and past trends of vital statistics in the world. Vital statistics generated through civil registration systems are the major source of continuous monitoring of births and deaths over time. The usefulness of vital statistics depends on their quality. In the second paper in this Series we propose a comprehensive and practical framework for assessment of the quality of vital statistics. With use of routine reports to the UN and cause-of-death data reported to WHO, the authors review the present situation and past trends of vital statistics in the world and note little improvement in worldwide availability of general vital statistics or cause-of-death statistics. Only a few developing countries have been able to improve their civil registration and vital statistics systems in the past 50 years. International efforts to improve comparability of vital statistics seem to be effective, and there is reasonable progress in collection and publication of data. However, worldwide efforts to improve data have been limited to sporadic and short-term measures. The authors conclude that countries and developmental partners have not recognized that civil registration systems are a priority. The key messages of the paper are: Vital statistics derived from civil registration systems are global public goods that governments of developing countries and development partners need for generation of comprehensive and detailed health outcome data, which are a key component of building the evidence base for health improvement Worldwide civil registration systems have largely stagnated, during the past five decades, in terms of their vital statistics potential Systematic evaluation studies and comprehensive assessments of the state of civil registration systems in various countries and regions of the world are rarely done, but they are essential to guide the use of vital statistics Various international efforts and programs have succeeded in setting standards for comparability and publications for easier access, but such efforts have been largely unsuccessful in the development of civil registration systems for vital statistics at a national level This paper was published as a part of the “The Who Counts?” Series of The Lancet. The Series analyzes the 'scandal of invisibility', which means that millions of human beings are born and die without leaving any record of their existence. This has been caused by the lack or inadequacy of civil registration systems for counting births, deaths, and causes of death, leaving countries powerless to track, and, in turn, protect the wellbeing of their populations. The Series, produced in collaboration with the Health Metrics Network at the World Health Organization (WHO) and specialists from around the world, explores how these vital statistics are essential to health policy formation, in both the developed and developing world. Ways forward for countries in the worst circumstances regarding their civil registration systems are also proposed.  

Fact Sheet: CRVS Systems as a foundation for human rights

In preparation for the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific a fact sheet on civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems as a foundation for human rights was published by the Brisbane Accord Group. The right to recognition as a person before the law was first acknowledged in Article 6 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), and the right of a child to be registered immediately after birth was specifically recognized in Article 24 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966). The declaration and covenant are further reinforced by the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) (1990). The Information note covers how civil registration supports different aspects of human rights such as: Access to education Right to vote and be elected Access to services Right to nationality Protection from harm Right to marry, and protection from child marriage Right to health Prevention of child labor and other specific protections for children Vital statistics for planning and good governance Ability to inherit property More information notes can be found here