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CIVIL REGISTRATION AND VITAL STATISTICS

IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

  • Resources for civil registration during the COVID-19 pandemic

    The current pandemic is disrupting CRVS systems all over the world, but 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 have developed resources offering guidance for civil registration stakeholders on maintaining CRVS activities.

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  • Postponement of the Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific

    The Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS has been postponed to 2021. The uncertainty of the current situation made it unfit to properly prepare for this event, meant to celebrate progress midway through the CRVS Decade (2015-2024), identify remaining challenges, emphasize the role CRVS plays in sustainable development and promote CRVS as the foundation for legal identity. 

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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 October 2020.

    What are the numbers so far?

    • 41 midterm questionnaires collected
    • 53 national focal points established

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Postponement of the Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific

In light of the current global situation, the celebration of the midpoint of the CRVS Decade (2015-2024) has been postponed. The ongoing crisis indeed impedes the safe organization of such an event, and sheds a new light on the needs for CRVS systems which might feed into the discussions on the remaining challenges in the region. In the build up to the Conference, additional information and resources can be accessed here.

 

President declares 2015-2024 as CRVS decade in Philippines

President Benigno Aquino III officially declared the years 2015 to 2024 as the “civil registration and vital statistics decade” in the Philippines. In the declaration, President Aquino urged all relevant national government agencies – namely health, civil registration and statistics - to strengthen and improve civil registration and vital statistics activities.

Civil registration systems and vital statistics: successes and missed opportunities

This paper was published in 2007 as a part of the “The Who Counts?” Series of The Lancet. The authors Mahapatra et. al review the present situation and past trends of vital statistics in the world. Vital statistics generated through civil registration systems are the major source of continuous monitoring of births and deaths over time. The usefulness of vital statistics depends on their quality. In the second paper in this Series we propose a comprehensive and practical framework for assessment of the quality of vital statistics. With use of routine reports to the UN and cause-of-death data reported to WHO, the authors review the present situation and past trends of vital statistics in the world and note little improvement in worldwide availability of general vital statistics or cause-of-death statistics. Only a few developing countries have been able to improve their civil registration and vital statistics systems in the past 50 years. International efforts to improve comparability of vital statistics seem to be effective, and there is reasonable progress in collection and publication of data. However, worldwide efforts to improve data have been limited to sporadic and short-term measures. The authors conclude that countries and developmental partners have not recognized that civil registration systems are a priority. The key messages of the paper are: Vital statistics derived from civil registration systems are global public goods that governments of developing countries and development partners need for generation of comprehensive and detailed health outcome data, which are a key component of building the evidence base for health improvement Worldwide civil registration systems have largely stagnated, during the past five decades, in terms of their vital statistics potential Systematic evaluation studies and comprehensive assessments of the state of civil registration systems in various countries and regions of the world are rarely done, but they are essential to guide the use of vital statistics Various international efforts and programs have succeeded in setting standards for comparability and publications for easier access, but such efforts have been largely unsuccessful in the development of civil registration systems for vital statistics at a national level This paper was published as a part of the “The Who Counts?” Series of The Lancet. The Series analyzes the 'scandal of invisibility', which means that millions of human beings are born and die without leaving any record of their existence. This has been caused by the lack or inadequacy of civil registration systems for counting births, deaths, and causes of death, leaving countries powerless to track, and, in turn, protect the wellbeing of their populations. The Series, produced in collaboration with the Health Metrics Network at the World Health Organization (WHO) and specialists from around the world, explores how these vital statistics are essential to health policy formation, in both the developed and developing world. Ways forward for countries in the worst circumstances regarding their civil registration systems are also proposed.  

Fact Sheet: CRVS Systems as a foundation for human rights

In preparation for the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific a fact sheet on civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems as a foundation for human rights was published by the Brisbane Accord Group. The right to recognition as a person before the law was first acknowledged in Article 6 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), and the right of a child to be registered immediately after birth was specifically recognized in Article 24 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966). The declaration and covenant are further reinforced by the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) (1990). The Information note covers how civil registration supports different aspects of human rights such as: Access to education Right to vote and be elected Access to services Right to nationality Protection from harm Right to marry, and protection from child marriage Right to health Prevention of child labor and other specific protections for children Vital statistics for planning and good governance Ability to inherit property More information notes can be found here

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Advocacy Materials, Meeting Documents, UN Official Documents, 2015
Country Assessments and Strategies, 2020
Country Assessments and Strategies, 2020