• 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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  • Preparations for the Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific

    The Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS will be taking place from the 16th to 19th November, 2021. It will be 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. Preparations to get as much valuable inputs for the conference has already started, for example through the children and youth consultation, have already started and updates will be published on this website regularly.

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  • Midterm CRVS Decade (2015-2024) Progress

    ESCAP is collecting country midterm questionnaires to measure regional progress through the midpoint of the CRVS Decade (2015-2024). Responses will inform and guide preparations for the Second Ministerial Conference in November 2021.

    What are the numbers so far?

    • 45 midterm questionnaires collected
    • 53 national focal points established

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The CRVS community in Asia and the Pacific is now actively preparing for the celebration of the midpoint of the CRVS Decade (2015-2024), planned for 16 to 19 November 2021. In this effect, many of our partners and member countries are leading actions and publications to establish where the region stands and to fill the remaining gaps.

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CRVS Job Opportunities

  • ESCAP is hiring a national consultant to support the conduct of four separate workshops in Pakistan; two ‘Basics Pakistan CRVS Short Course’ workshops for orientation on the civil registration system, as well as two workshops on producing vital statistics from civil registration records. The deadline to apply is 10 November.

CRVS Fellowship Program

The University of Melbourne, as part of the Bloomberg Data for Health (D4H) Initiative, is  launch another round of the CRVS Fellowship Program. The Program is aimed at enabling CRVS professionals from low and middle-income countries to work remotely on CRVS projects with support, resources and skills development from experts at the University of Melbourne. Selected Fellows will work to build their own technical capacity and enhance the institutional quality, sustainability and policy utility of CRVS systems.

Sixth meeting of the Regional Steering Group for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific

The Regional Steering Group is responsible for overseeing and steering the implementation of the Regional Action Framework on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific, also acting as the custodian of the Asia and Pacific CRVS Decade (2015 - 2024).

Workshops:Measuring SDG Indicators through Population and Housing Census and CRVS Data

ESCAP's Statistics Division will be hosting two rounds of a regional workshop on Measuring SDG Indicators through Population and Housing Census and CRVS Data. The concept note, agenda and more information is available here.

  • Round 1: 27 - 30 October 2020, from 7:00 am - 10:00 am (Bangkok time)
  • Round 2: 3 - 6 November 2020, from 11:00 am - 14:00 pm (Bangkok time)

IAOS announces 2021 Young Statisticians Prize

The International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) has announced the launch of the 2021 IAOS Young Statisticians Prize. This international prize is designed to encourage young statisticians to take an active interest in official statistics and is awarded for the best paper in the field of official statistics written by a young statistician. Asia-Pacific is traditionally very active in the Prize and has successfully secured first, second and third prizes since its inception in 2011.

The Protection We Want: Social Outlook for Asia and the Pacific

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the role of well-designed, implemented and coordinated social protection systems in protecting people throughout their lives and promoting their well-being. The pandemic has also shown that social protection should be a right for all, rather than a privilege for a few. However, many challenges remain in ensuring that the goal of universal social protection comes to fruition in Asia-Pacific.

CRVS is bringing joy to people's lives

ESCAP's Statistics Director, Gemma Van Halderen, recently published a blog for the International Statistical Institute 'Statisticians React to the News' series on the importance of CRVS in bringing joy to people's lives. The blog reacted to the news of women in Afghanistan risking their lives to claim their identities and tied the story into the larger narrative about how well-functioning CRVS systems promote gender equality by ensuring women and girls get in the picture.