• 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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A Content Model for the ICD-11 Revision

The 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) will be developed as a collaborative effort supported by Webbased software. A key to this effort is the content model designed to support detailed description of the clinical characteristics of each category, clear relationships to other terminologies and classifications, especially SNOMED-CT, multi-lingual development, and sufficient content so that the adaptations for alternative uses cases for the ICD – particularly the standard backwards compatible hierarchical form – can be generated automatically. The content model forms the basis of an information infrastructure and of a webbased authoring tool for clinical and classification experts to create and curate the content of the new revision.

Back to What Counts: Birth and Death in Indonesia

Civil registration is integral to the Indonesian government’s current poverty-reduction strategy, both for its ability to confer legal identity to citizens and as the principal source of the country’s vital statistics. Unfortunately, ownership of key civil registration documents, such as birth certificates and death certificates, remains exceptionally low, and governments are often unable to access timely, reliable, and comprehensive vital statistics. This work is a product of the staff of the Center on Child Protection Universitas Indonesia (PUSKAPA). The study sought to provide the Government of Indonesia (GoI) with an evidence base of the bottlenecks, gaps, strengths, and opportunities in the existing systems, identify models from comparable countries, and assess relevant contextual variations within Indonesia to inform planning and implementation of an enduring solution. This involved a three-part systematic desk review, key informant interviews, focus group discussions, and a cross-sectional, multi-stage cluster survey at the sub-district level in the provinces of Aceh, Central Java, and South Sulawesi.

CRVS Insight December 2017

Articles Data sharing in the Pacific - New Zealand and Niue share registration data Kyrgyzstan progressing on a national strategy for CRVS International conference on CRVS in Bangladesh in January 2018 New Zealand launches online marriage registration Events Certification of Causes of Death Meeting, 28-30 November 2017, Suva, Fiji Capacity building workshop for selected National CRVS Focal Points, 12-14 December 2017, Bangkok, Thailand Harnessing the Power: CRVS Systems for 2030 Global Agendas, 27-28 February 2017, Ottawa, Canada *For other issues of the newsletter

CRVS Insight November (2) 2017


  • Workshop on ensuring the recognition of the legal identity of all women and children in ASEAN
  • Ten new countries join the Global Financing Facility 
  • Training materials for CRVS digitization from Plan International 
  • Health Information System Strengthening (HISS) Resource Center: A new hub of HIS information


Regional workshop on Medical Death certification, Nadi, Fiji 28-30th November 2017

The Brisbane Accord Group (BAG), led by SPC, WHO, the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Fiji National University (FNU) conducted a regional workshop on the medical certification of causes of death on 28th-30th November 2017 in Suva, Fiji. The workshop was attended by 19 participants, including Medical doctors and Health Information Personnel from six Pacific Island countries namely: Cook Islands, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, Tuvalu and Samoa. The workshop aimed at reviewing a set of training materials developed by BAG on medical certification of causes of death which had earlier been trailed through two national workshops held in Samoa and Tuvalu in September and October 2017 respectively.

Timor-Leste Births and Deaths Statistics Report 2014-2015

The Births and Deaths Statistics Report contains information on the births and deaths occurring in Timor-Leste in 2014-2015. In addition to these vital statistics, the report also contains an overview of Timor-Leste's CRVS system, coordination efforts between different government ministries, legal issues regarding CRVS, a comparison of the Ministry of Health's registration information with the General Directorate of Statistics' information, as well as recommendations for improvement.

OpenCRVS Software Brochure and Presentation

Plan International is developing a standards-based software solution to provide for civil registration and population data needs in low resource settings. The OpenCRVS platform will be free, fully compliant, and adaptable for different country contexts in Asia and the Pacific. The software, designed by and for civil registrars, will also be easy to deploy, user-centric, and require minimal skills for customisation, maintenance and support.