• 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.


Legal review of CRVS in Pacific countries

The Pacific Island nations are preparing to review their CRVS laws and make recommendations for improving their national CRVS legal frameworks. With support from the Brisbane Accord Group, and in particular The Pacific Community, four countries in particular are undertaking this important work to gain support from their respective cabinets for improving and strengthening the frameworks currently governing their civil registration systems: Kiribati, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

New codes for COVID-19 in ICD-10

To assist countries in collecting timely and accurate data, the World Health Organization's Classifications Team recently updated the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) to include enhanced coding instructions for mortality and morbidity related to Covid-19. The updated classifications include technical instruction on classifying confirmed, suspected and probable cases.

The instructions can be found here.