• 2024 Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Applied Research Training Initiative

    The CRVS applied research training (CART) initiative focuses on enhancing CRVS systems through supporting applied research on strategies, interventions, and tools. This involves designing projects to address practical questions, employing robust methodologies, and identifying key personnel for effective implementation and publication. The need to strengthen practitioners' research capacity is evident, as highlighted in the Asia-Pacific CRVS research forum held in 2023. 

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  • Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems Improvement Framework

    To meet the targets of the CRVS Decade, a Business Process Improvement approach can help improve and streamline Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) system. The CRVS Systems Improvement Framework help CRVS stakeholders assess, analyze and redesign, to improve user experience and produce timely vital statistics. 

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  • Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Inequality Assessments

    The Ministerial Declaration on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific emphasizes the need to address CRVS inequalities among hard-to-reach and marginalized populations, promoting universality and equity in civil registration regardless of factors such as gender, religion, or ethnicity. Countries are encouraged to conduct assessments to assess where such inequalities may exist.

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  • Asia-Pacific Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Research Forum

    The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) organized the first Asia-Pacific CRVS Research Forum which was held from 3-4 April 2023. Hosted by ESCAP in Bangkok, the fully online event offered a major research, information sharing, and capacity-building opportunity for participants. They were able to present at and attend paper presentations and interactive sessions, including networking opportunities.


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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


CRVS Insight December 2019


  • 23 Member Countries have already reported on their CRVS progress since 2015
  • South Asia makes huge progress in birth registration, shows new UNICEF report tracking 2030 progress
  • Papua New Guinea releases new comprehensive assessment and action plan
  • Legal identity expert group settles on definition of 'legal identity' with civil registration foundation
  • Second meeting of the Civil Registration Professionals of South Asia (CR8)


CRVS Insight November 2019


  • How has CRVS Progressed in Asia-Pacific since 2015?
  • Papua New Guinea Comprehensive Assessment Completed
  • Fifth Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration
  • Vital Statistics Workshop for North and Central Asian Countries
  • New CRVS-related journal publications


CRVS Insight October 2019


  • Fifth meeting of the Regional Steering Group for CRVS in Asia and the Pacific
  • Ending Statelessness in North and Central Asian Countries
  • Kyrgyz Republic announced as the first country to successfully eliminate all
    known cases of statelessness
  • Data for Now Intiative seeks to leave no one behind by increasing data quality
  • CRVS Fellowship Program


Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion offering two courses on statelessness in 2020

The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion is offering two courses on statelessness in 2020: 1) The Statelessness Summer Course, and 2) The Advanced Course on Childhood Statelessness & the Child's Right to a Nationality. The Summer Course will be offered for the ninth year in a row and is open to anyone interested in statelessness issues.

Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

The Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) is an annual and inclusive intergovernmental forum and a regional platform for supporting countries, in particular those with special needs, in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The theme of the 7th APFSD is “Accelerating action and delivery of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific”.

It will be organized from March 20, 2020 at the United Nations Conference Center (UNCC) in Bangkok, Thailand.