• 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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PCRN featured in GovInsider: 19 Pacific countries building a single civil registration network

19 island countries in the Pacific are working together to build a single civil registration network, so that data on vital events are accurately captured and shared across their borders. The work of the Pacific Civil Registrars Network (PCRN) was featured on the website of GovInsider, a platform for public sector innovation. Pacific islanders are often highly mobile, meaning that they are born in one country and often migrate for jobs, healthcare and education, and die in another country, says Jeff Montgomery, New Zealand’s Registrar-General and GM of Births, Deaths, Marriages, Citizenship and Translations. As a result these events are registered as separate events in different countries and not linked up. According to Montgomery this creates inaccurate datasets for government planning. Therefore the 19 island countries in the Pacific are working together to build a single civil registration network, so that data on these vital events are accurately captured and shared across their borders. When complete, the Pacific civil registration network could neaten up loose ends left behind when an islander passes on. “If you die in one country but were born in another, your death will be notified to the birth country and therefore your birth certificate can be closed, your passport can be canceled, and your health information can be used for planning purposes,” Montgomery explains. The network is still in its early stages. Montgomery hopes to use cloud-based software for sharing data between governments in the future. This could be advantageous for smaller countries that may not have the resources to support their own online system. New Zealand has already established four data sharing agreements, either in place or in the final stages of drafting – with New South Wales in Australia, and the Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue in the Pacific.

No official identity: a data linkage study of birth registration of Aboriginal children in Western Australia

Evidence of identity are essential to access many rights, including obtaining a passport or driver’s license and opening bank accounts. For most Australians, a birth certificate is the first documentary evidence of identity. However, a birth certificate can only be obtained once the birth has been registered, and the births of many Australians, particularly Aboriginal Australians, are not registered when they are babies. Alison J. Gibberd, Judy M. Simpson,Sandra J. Eades examine factors related to birth registration among Western Australian children born to Aboriginal mothers. Unregistered births were most strongly associated with young maternal age at first birth, remoteness, mothers whose own birth was unregistered and no private hospital insurance. The study suggest that before discharge from hospitals, assistance should be offered to mothers, which could increase birth registrations.

Brochure: A Snapshot of Civil Registration in Sub-Saharan Africa

This UNICEF brochure summarizes the current situation of Civil Registration in Sub-Saharan Africa. Key facts: The births of around 95 million children under age 5 (slightly more than half) in sub-Saharan Africa have never been recorded. One in three unregistered children live in just three countries: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia and the United Republic of Tanzania. Possession of a birth certificate is even less common – 120 million of the region’s children under age 5 do not have a birth certificate. Around 370 million children (roughly 3 in 4) live in sub-Saharan African countries where there are fees associated with birth registration, and in most cases, these reflect fines for late registration. There are 41 countries in sub-Saharan Africa that have set the minimum legal age for marriage at 18 or above for both sexes. But, for 48 million girls living in 7 countries, marriage below age 18 is permitted. In an additional 22 countries, home to 61 million girls, marriage before age 18 is allowed with parental consent or under certain special conditions. For 57 million boys living in 19 countries, marriage below the age of 18 is permitted under certain conditions. Across sub-Saharan Africa, 110 million girls and women alive today were married before their 18th birthday. While there are fewer child grooms in the region, nearly 15 million men were married in childhood

Brochure: The role of research in strengthening CRVS systems

If policymakers are going to make the decisions to strengthen their CRVS systems, they need to know whether they are investing resources wisely and optimally. Research can help them take effective actions at each stage of the policy cycle. Research can also help identify topics requiring the attention of decision-makers and partners and is critical for exploring options or alternative courses of action for addressing priority problems. Research can inform alternative courses of action by offering evidence of lessons learnt from the past or other settings. Once decisions are taken and put into practice, research is conducted to assess effectiveness in terms of intentions and results by examining impact and outcomes. This brochure highlights the need for further research in the area of CRVS and outlines issues and challenges that research can address. In addition, it gives an overview of current research activities related to CRVS. The brochure builds on the research agenda for CRVS in Asia and the Pacific published in 2014 in the Asia Pacific Population Journal.  

Bangladesh Country Profile

Provides a brief overview of the current status of CRVS in Bangladesh, including: Regional Action Framework targets Regional Action Framework implementation steps An overview of the national CRVS system National commitments to CRVS Key legislation National coordination mechanism Comprehensive multisectoral national CRVS strategy Key recent achievements Key priorities for improvement Specific priorities to address hard-to-reach and marginalized populations Vital statistics reporting Active partners and partner supported activities  

New one-stop-shop for Data for Health information and resources for CRVS strengthening

A CRVS Knowledge Gateway (www.crvsgateway.info) has been launched. The Gateway provides technical tools, evidence-based information and country experiences for people working in health, information systems and government in low- and middle-income countries that are offered for free in an approachable and user-friendly way. The Gateway and the majority of resources were developed by the University of Melbourne as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative. Watch this video to see it in action, or visit www.crvsgateway.info to explore the CRVS Knowledge Gateway for yourself.

Workshops on medical certifications of causes of death held in Fiji

The Brisbane Accord Group (BAG), led by SPC, WHO, the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Fiji National University (FNU) conducted a regional workshop on the medical certification of causes of death on 28-30 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, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The workshop aimed at reviewing a set of training materials developed by BAG on medical certification of causes of death which had earlier been piloted through two national workshops held in Samoa and Tuvalu in September and October 2017, respectively.   The workshop introduced the participants to existing training tools on cause of death certification and further went through key topics that should be covered in teaching certification, including an overview and presentation of each topic, and review of training material and case examples. The workshop also discussed regional approaches to building capacity in medical certification, including the importance of cross-country knowledge and experience sharing.  National training on coding causes of death was organised by the BAG in Fiji 4-8 December 2017. The training was led by the World Health Organisation, the Australian Bureau of statistics and the Queensland University of Technology.  The 19 participants included health information staff and IT professionals from the Ministry of Health of Fiji. The training focused on building knowledge and capacity in the application of mortality coding rules, in alignment to international standards for the classification of diseases (ICD) and the application of IRIS –an automated system for coding of causes of death. Participants undertook practical coding exercises using medical certificates of cause of death from Fiji –applying both manual and automated coding processes. The training will support Fiji in improving the quality of cause of death data and in expanding the pool of human resources available to undertake cause of death coding.  Fiji is the first Pacific Island country to adopt IRIS for cause of death coding.    Improving the quality of cause of death data in the Pacific is a core priority for BAG and was underlined by the recently held Pacific Heads of Planning and Statistics Meeting. The BAG plans to strengthen its support and engagement in this area, particularly through providing more opportunities for training and south-south exchanges among Pacific Island countries and Territories. Facilitated by the BAG, in November 2017, the registrar from Tokelau visited Niue’s Civil Registration office for one week to share knowledge and experiences on civil registration practices and process.

74th Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

The seventy-fourth session of the Commission will be held from 11 to 16 May 2018 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok. The session will be comprised of the senior officials segment, which will be held from 11 May to 13 May, and the ministerial segment 14 May to 16 May. A number of high-level and side events will also be held during the session. Additional information on these events and other relevant information will be uploaded to this website in due course; please monitor this website for updates. Theme Topic: Inequality in the era of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development The adoption of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have raised new opportunities to address the issue of inequality of income and of opportunities. With a pledge that no one would be left behind, the SDGs include a stand-alone goal to reduce inequality within and among countries. This study seeks to analyse key trends and disentangle various underlying and emerging drivers of rising inequalities in Asia and the Pacific. It aims to produce policy lessons that may help build more inclusive and equitable societies in the regio

CRVS Insight January 2018

Articles Fourth Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration, 4-8 December 2017, Mauritania Improving medical certification and coding in the Pacific New one-stop-shop for Data for Health CRVS strengthening information and resources Training for selected countries on national CRVS strategies and the Regional Action Framework held in Bangkok Events International conference on CRVS in Bangladesh 23-25 January 2018, Dhaka, Bangladesh Harnessing the Power: CRVS Systems for 2030 Global Agendas, 27-28 February 2017, Ottawa, Canada 49th session of the Statistical Commission, 6-9 March 2018, New York, USA *For other issues of the newsletter




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