• 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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CRVS Insight March 2018

Articles Philippines: 2018 Civil Registration Month Celebrations New World Bank publications on civil registration Events Seminar on National/International CRVS Best Practices,  09 April 2018, Islamabad, Pakistan Training of Trainers Workshop on CRVS eLearning Course, 10-19 April 2018, Windhoek, Namibia 74th Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, 11-16 May 2018, Bangkok, Thailand *For other issues of the newsletter

Philippines: 2018 Civil Registration Month Celebrations

Every year since 1991 'February' is declared the Civil Registration Month (CRM) in the Philippines. For the month-long celebration, the Philippine Statistics Authority-Civil Registration Service (PSA-CRS) organizes together with the other nationwide PSA offices various activities. This year’s celebration focused on the continuous commitment of the PSA to deliver relevant and reliable statistics and efficient civil registration services to its clients and stakeholders. A wide range of activities were conducted during the month such as blood donations and CRVS Concepts and Procedures Training (CRVS 101) for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. A closing event with all stakeholders marked the end of the month's celebrations. The full report on all activities can be found here.

New World Bank publications on civil registration

As part of the Identification for Development (ID4D) Initiative, the World Bank Group addresses technical aspects of civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) in four recent publications. 1. The Technology Landscape For Digital Identification: The report provides an overview of current and emerging technology trends in digital identity. An outline of the quickly evolving technology landscape is given, highlighting key benefits and challenges of current technology choices. 2. The Role of Digital Identification for Healthcare: The report stresses the importance of digital identification systems for effective delivery of health services and public health management. Selected examples of existent digital identification systems and their usage in healthcare are analyzed, and key considerations for future implementations are proposed. 3. Integrating Unique ID Numbers in Civil Registration: The report examines mechanisms for incorporating unique identification numbers in civil registration. Civil registration systems are reviewed and the necessary practical steps required to ensure that the identity of a person can be established and trusted certificates attesting civil status can be issued are outlined. 4. Incentives for Improving Birth Registration Coverages: Incentives for improving birth registration coverage rates are reviewed based on empirical literature and examples from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The report focuses on the effects of social transfer programs, such as cash transfers, in increasing birth registration coverage. The above publications are also available on the ID4D website.


The following charts represent regional progress on the completion of each target specified under
GOAL 2 of the Regional Action Framework.

The data is presented as the number of countries. Total number of countries is 63.

Goal 2: All individuals are provided with legal documentation of civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events, as necessary, to claim identity, civil status and ensuing rights.

Making the Invisible Visible: CRVS as a basis to meeting the 2030 Gender agenda

The Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems, International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is hosting a high-Level Panel (HLP) and technical consultations on gender and Civil Registration and Vital Statistics. The event will be held on the 26th of February 2018 at the IDRC in Ottawa, Canada. All sessions will be webcast live in English and French. The main objectives are: To inspire a global commitment to integrating gender issues in civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems. To showcase promising ideas, preliminary efforts and realistic opportunities to address gender issues in CRVS systems. To catalyze the conversation about sustainable solutions at the political, policy and programmatic levels for generating reliable, real time, disaggregated data to inform policies and programs for improved lives of all. This event will be divided into two components: The first component is a high-level panel that will aim to inspire a global commitment to integrating gender issues in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems. The second component consist of technical meetings to discuss the status of the field, evaluate opportunities and challenges, and identify priority and actionable areas that could help strengthen CRVS systems to better capture the vital events of women and girls. By making the invisible visible – both in vital event registration and consequently at the policy level – efforts in this direction can help contribute to achieving gender equality goals.    

Information note: Using CRVS systems for electoral registration

This information note, developed by ESCAP with support from the Regional Steering Group for CRVS in Asia and the Pacific and other partners, highlights the connection between civil registration and voter registration. Civil registries can provide the most current data for voter lists, critical cost-savings for electoral management bodies, while supporting inclusiveness, accuracy and election legitimacy. Civil registry data is the most advantageous method of compiling voter registration data, and the best way that governments can ensure they are getting every voter in the picture.

Presentations from the workshop on the Operation of Civil Registration, Vital Statistics and Identity Management Systems for East Asian Countries

UN Statistics Division organized a workshop on the Operation of Civil Registration, Vital Statistics and Identity Management Systems in East Asian countries from 13-17 November in Hanoi. Discussions focused on the revised Handbook on Management and the new Guidelines for Evaluation. The event followed up on previous workshops which have concentrated on the implementation of the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Rev.3. It was also part of a series of workshops being conducted worldwide together with multiple partners, which aim to strengthen technical capacity for improving national CRVS systems. Countries attending the workshop included:  Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam. All presentations as well as further information about the workshop is available on the event website.