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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 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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  • New Dates announced for the Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific

    Originally postponed because of the global pandemic, the Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS now has new dates for the 16th to 19th November, 2021. The current situation hindered preparations for the event in 2020, but we are back on track 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.

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

In light of the current situation regarding COVID-19, the celebration of the midpoint of the CRVS Decade (2015-2024) was postponed until November 2021. The ongoing pandemic impedes the safe organization of such an event, while also shedding new light on the need for well-functioning CRVS systems that can feed discussions on regional challenges.

We will do our best to keep you informed of Conference updates and in the meantime additional information and resources can be accessed here.

 

Regional Action Framework

The Regional Action Framework responds to the request for further regional action to support the improvement of civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems, being a catalyst for Governments and development partners to focus and accelerate their efforts to realize a shared vision and the 3 CRVS goals. The Regional Action Framework facilitates collaborative action at local, provincial, national and international levels by enabling multiple stakeholders to align and prioritize their efforts, as well as to monitor progress towards achieving shared results. Guided by the Regional Steering Group for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific.
The Regional Action Framework contains 3 goals, 15 nationally set targets, 7 action areas as well as 8 implementation steps for countries to follow to improve their CRVS systems.  

Ministerial Declaration

The Ministerial Declaration to "Get every one in the picture" in Asia and the Pacific, adopted in 2014 during the First Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific, outlines government commitments for achieving a shared vision that, by 2024, all people in Asia and the Pacific will benefit from universal and responsive CRVS systems that facilitate the realization of their rights and support good governance, health and development.

UNICEF releases videos on birth registration in Kiribati, Vanauatu and Solomon Islands

UNICEF has just published three videos on birth registration in the Pacific. The videos highlight the different challenges as well as some of the common solutions. The video on the left explains the Kiribati government's plans to decentralize civil registration services to all provinces and expand the number of service points and agencies with authority to provide civil registration.

New CDC training course on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems

The International Statistics Program at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a training course on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems to provide information to epidemiologists, statisticians, demographers, and others working in public health about vital statistics data gathered from a national civil registration system. The course contains a general description of the administrative process of civil registration and fundamentals of vital statistics generated from a national civil registration system.

Government Commitment

The regional governments and CRVS partners shared vision is that, by 2024, all people in Asia and the Pacific will benefit from universal and responsive CRVS systems that facilitate the realization of their rights and support good governance, health and development.   Political commitment at the highest levels play an essential role in ensuring that relevant government stakeholders unify around a single comprehensive multisectoral national CRVS strategy. (Image: © UN ESCAP 2014)

Asian and Pacific Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Decade (2015 - 2024)

The Asian and Pacific CRVS Decade (2015-2024) was proclaimed at the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in Asia and the Pacific, which was held in November 2014 in Bangkok.  At that meeting Governments also adopted the Ministerial Declaration to “Get Every One in the Picture” in Asia and the Pacific and made a commitment to focus their efforts to improve CRVS systems.  Through the declaration of the Asian and Pacific CRVS Decade, governments gave a timeframe of 2015-2024, for all people in Asia and the Pacific to benefit from universal and responsive CRVS systems that facilitate the realization of their rights and support good governance, health and development. (image: © UN ESCAP 2014)

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Advocacy Materials, Meeting Documents, UN Official Documents, 2015
Newsletters, 2020