• 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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An inclusive civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) system ensures that everyone counts and is counted. It protects human rights, empowers individuals, and promotes sustainable development through proof of legal identity, age, and social relationships, and inclusion in vital statistics.  

Curriculum on medical certification of cause of death for PICTs report

A death certificate is a permanent record of the fact of and characteristics of death and provides important information about the decedent, the circumstances and cause of death while also serving as the main source of mortality statistics for a country. Unfortunately, in many developing countries, doctors do not receive sufficient training on accurately certifying deaths in alignment with international standards.

Improving civil registration of births and deaths: How can the health sector contribute?

The World Health Organization, UNICEF and Vital Strategies are pleased to announce an upcoming webinar on health sector best practices for engaging and improving coverage and inclusion for birth and death registration. Insight readers are invited to join the live discussion on 23 June 2021 from 8 a.m.–9:30 a.m. (New York) focused on the importance of CRVS systems for individuals and countries.