• 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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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.

Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

The Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) is an annual and inclusive intergovernmental forum and a regional platform for supporting countries, in particular those with special needs, in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The theme of the 7th APFSD is “Accelerating action and delivery of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific”.

It will be organized from March 20, 2020 at the United Nations Conference Center (UNCC) in Bangkok, Thailand.

Civil Registration in South Asia: Coordination, Connections and Collaboration

Civil registration is a priority on the policy agenda of countries across South Asia. The governments in the region are committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including complete birth registration and 80 per cent death registration (SDG targets 16.9 and 17.19). They also declared 2015—2024 the decade for civil registration and vital statistics. To improve civil registration over this time period,1 all countries are developing plans and targets to enhance the registration of vital events, in line with a Regional Action Plan to “Get Every One in the Picture”.




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