• 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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Read the midterm report


Baseline Reporting

As an important component for monitoring and evaluating progress, countries committed to reporting on their progress throughout the CRVS Decade (2015-2024). Beginning in 2015, countries submitted baseline reports detailing their nationally set targets, their then-current status in relation to the goals and targets, information on their national CRVS coordination mechanisms, if available, and any CRVS assessments which may have occurred.

Kiribati National Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Improvement Plan 2016 - 2020

If Kiribati were able to register all birth, all deaths and identify all causes of death wouldn’t we be in a position to make the best decisions for our people?  Get everyone in the picture is the solution. How can we get everyone in the picture? The answer is the Asian and Pacific Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Decade 2016 – 2024, where ten years of a forward plan will make a big difference for our nation.  By the end of this Decade it is envisaged that: (a) all key life events are being registered; (b) all people possess legal proof of identity; and (c) registration records are fully utilized to produce and share accurate, complete and timely vital statics. To make all of this happen three Ministries are joining hands in collaboration with other stakeholders to put all of the work together for the next 10 years. Civil Registry Office, Ministry of JUSTICE, Health Information Unit, Ministry of Health and Medical Services, National Statistics Office (NSO), Ministry of Finance and Economic Development. This Decade has brought together the Ministry of Health who is at the fore front of most births and deaths that occur in our nation with its partners in CRVS, where through a combined effort to register all birth and deaths, success and development goals will be achieved.

Afghanistan Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Country Strategic Plan 2016 to 2020

The Afghanistan Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Country Strategic Plan 2016-2020 was commissioned by the World Health Office in Kabul Afghanistan in response to a request from the Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health. Universal civil registration is crucial because it helps safeguard human rights and vital statistics information can be used for planning, administration and research across multiple sectors including education, labour and health. The strategic plan is based on comprehensive assessments of the country’s institutional capacity to implement CRVS activities. Experts from international and national non-governmental organizations and multi-lateral funding and technical agencies participated in the planning of the assessments and many people have contributed to the successful development of this strategic plan.

Report of the Pacific Civil Registrars Network Disaster Preparation and Response Workshop

This is the report of the Pacific Civil Registrars Network Disaster Preparation and Response Workshop, organized on 2 to 4 October 2017, in Suva, Fiji.  The focus of the workshops was to discuss the role of civil registration and vital statistics systems in planning and responding to natural disasters and other emergencies. CRVS systems provide important information on the population for planning an appropriate response, and play a key role in replacing key identity documents following and event while ensuring the ongoing registration of vital events such as births and deaths especially when populations may be displaced or accessing government services through alternative locations. Registrars from 14 countries shared their experiences and looked at national and regional opportunities to improve system resilience and response in the event of a disaster. The PCRN fosters coordination and integration of Civil Registrars’ input and ideas into the implementation of the Pacific Vital Statistics Action Plan (PVSAP) and the Regional Action Framework for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific. The meeting gave recommendations to countries and partners for progressing this important work, including how regional partners can contribute to improving the CRVS systems in countries and was organized by the Pacific Civil Registrars’ Network (PCRN), the support of the Brisbane Accord Group, UNICEF, New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade Programme (NZ MFAT), and the Pacific Community with support from private partners, ESCAP, Plan International, UNISDR, NZ High Commissioner, UNHCR, and the World Bank.