• 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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Regional demographic training workshop on evaluation of age and sex data

The regional training workshop will be held virtually from 27 May to 3 June 2022, as part of a project to strengthen capacity to implement inequality assessments of civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems, which has been initiated by ESCAP and includes both in-country and regional level capacity strengthening activities. One element of this project relates to training on demographic skills to enable countries to implement the inequality assessments.

Side event on Building a More Resilient Future with Inclusive Civil Registration and Vital Statistics – strengthening linkages with the health sector

(Newsletter: CRVS Insight May 2022)

Link to the Meeting Record

The meeting was co-organized on a hybrid mode (In person at MR-H, Level 1, United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok/Online through MS Team) by the Government of Pakistan, UNFPA, UNICEF, and ESCAP on 23 May 2022 at 13.30-14.30 hours (Bangkok Time, UTC+7). It was one of the side events of the seventy-eighth session of the UNESCAP Commission, held online from 23 to 27 May 2022.

The Final Report on Civil Registration Assessment of the Vulnerable Population Groups of Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Stateless Persons and Persons of Undetermined Nationality

This report provides the Government of Pakistan with practical recommendations to establish inclusive civil registration systems based on the gaps in civil registration service providers and beneficiaries identified by systematic desk review, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions at the district and sub-district levels in the Islamabad Capital Territory, Peshawar the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, and Karachi Division in Sindh Province.

Stats Brief on Tapping into administrative data in census-taking: an emerging trend in Asia and the Pacific

Issue no. 31, April 2022

This Brief is part of the ESCAP’s work on population registers and censuses under the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative (D4H) Project: “Supporting improvements to civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems in Asia and the Pacific (Phase III)”.