• 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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CRVS transition

Today the CRVS team in the Statistics Division is saying farewell to someone who made up a vital part of our operations. Hong Pum Chung, otherwise known as HP to his friends and colleagues, will be leaving UN ESCAP and heading for the Peacekeeping Forces situated in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Speaking on behalf of the CRVS team, HP's contribution to developing ESCAP's regional CRVS activities was absolutely critical and his impact will continue being felt for quite some time. Thank you HP and we all wish you well in your new venture. For those partners and countries communicating directly with HP, please direct all emails to [email protected] and our team will respond accordingly. For any questions about this transition, please do not hesitate to contact the CRVS team at either the email above or call +66 2288 2409. 

Outcome report of the conference on innovations in CRVS systems

Organized by the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems, UNICEF and WHO, and themed: Harnessing the Power: CRVS Systems for 2030 Global Agendas, the conference convened over 140 experts and practitioners from UN agencies, academia, civil society organizations, the private sector and low and middle income countries for panel sessions, discussions and innovation labs. Rather than just focusing narrowly on technological innovations, this conference highlighted the importance of system-wide methodological innovations to complement and support technological advancement. Innovative ways of linking CRVS to social protection and ID systems, new human-centred design approaches to increase demand and use of services, and innovative methods of registering vital events in conflict and emergency settings are critical if we are to achieve the SDGs by 2030.  The outcome report is available in both French and English. 

First meeting of the Civil Registration Professionals of South Asia (CR8)

The 1st Meeting of the Civil Registration Professionals of South Asia occurred between 24 - 25 July in Kathmandu, Nepal. Co-organized by the United Nations Children’s Fund Regional Office for South Asia (UNICEF-ROSA) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia-Pacific (ESCAP), the meeting brought together 22 experts from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to review areas of common interest, build bridges for future collaboration and share ideas for approaching complex CRVS issues. Most importantly, the meeting was also designed to "consider the creation of an informal network of professionals who work in civil registration in the eight South Asian countries". Conclusions and recommendations from the meeting can be found on the event's page here. 

Looking at the numbers

The non-profit Population Reference Bureau (PRB) recently released its 2018 World Population Data Sheet which highlights key, global population projections. Produced annually since 1962, the 2018 version estimates that the global population will climb 2.3 billion by 2050 despite a declining, worldwide total fertility rate. The PRB Data Sheet specifically emphasizes the global “shift toward an older age structure” and what this will mean for countries moving forward. For example, the PRB’s analysis shows that “By 2050, 82 countries are projected to have at least 20 percent of their population ages 65 and over, up from 13 countries today”. And although the PRB Data Sheet stresses the importance of aging populations, the insights do not stop there. The Data Sheet also includes a lesson plan for teachers, an interactive microsite open for exploration and even a media toolkit with key messages, social media posts and infographics to assist organizations in communicating the findings on their own platforms.

Loss of a child rights champion

By now, everyone reading this article is already aware that former Secretary-General Kofi Annan passed away on 18 August 2018 in Bern, Switzerland. However, what readers may not know, or immediately recall, is that Mr. Annan was an early supporter of birth registration as a central means for protecting children. Specifically, he made his views clear in the 2001 publication of We the Children, by articulating that: "During the 1990s, there was growing awareness of the importance of prompt birth registration as an essential means of protecting a child’s right to identity, as well as respect for other child rights. Failure to register births promptly has been linked to the trafficking of babies. The lack of a birth certificate may prevent a child from receiving health care, nutritional supplements and social assistance, and from being enrolled in school. Later in childhood, identity documents help protect children against early marriage, child labour, premature enlistment in the armed forces or, if accused of a crime, prosecution as an adult". According to UNICEF, at the time of publication, We the Children was considered “a landmark review of the progress made in meeting the commitments of the 1990 World Summit for Children”. The historical importance of this publication is amplified when considering that the 1990 Summit was, also at the time, the “largest gathering of world leaders in history” and was the driving force behind national commitment to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Notably, the CRC is still the most widely adopted international human rights instrument. With that in mind, the CRVS team in the Statistics Division of UN ESCAP wanted to take this opportunity to remind readers of Mr. Annan's contributions to our collective goals of protecting children by highlighting his foresight on this important issue, as well as his tireless work on behalf of human rights everywhere. 

CRVS Insight August 2018


  • Loss of a child rights champion 
  • Looking at the numbers
  • First meeting of the Civil Registrars of South Asia
  • Planning in a Vacuum
  • CRVS Transition


  • 4th meeting of Regional Steering Group for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific, 13-15 November, Bangkok,Thailand
  • Regional Consultations and Partners' Forum on NCD surveillance, 17-19 September, Bangkok, Thailand


CRVS Insight July 2018

Articles 74th Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific World Bank: Advanced Course & French Translation World Bank publishes 2018 ID4D Global Dataset International Consultant for Comprehensive assessment of the CRVS systems in Georgia Events First Meeting of OpenCRVS Technical Advisory Group, 10-11 July 2018, Dhaka, Bangladesh Meeting of the Civil Registrars of South Asia, 24 -25 July 2018, Kathmandu, Nepal Committee on Statistics, Sixth Session, 16-19 April 2018, Bangkok, Thailand *For other issues of the newsletter

Meeting of the Civil Registrars of South Asia

The UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (UNICEF-ROSA) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) are organizing a meeting of the Civil Registrars of South Asia to discuss common challenges, share innovative practices and explore potential collaboration. The meeting will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 24-25 July 2018. Well-functioning civil registration is recognized as the foundation for ensuring that no one is left behind in the efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include explicit targets on birth and death registration (SDG 16.9 and 17.19). In South Asia, Governments have committed to concerted efforts to improve civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems through the Ministerial Declaration to “Get every one in the picture”, during the Asia-Pacific CRVS Decade, 2015-2024. This meeting will bring together civil registrars in South Asia to discuss priority areas of common concern including national CRVS coordination mechanisms, cross-border collaboration between civil registries, and the relationship between civil registration and civil identification. The meeting will also explore potential areas and mechanisms of collaboration, including the possibility of establishing a professional network of civil registrars. The discussions and conclusion of meeting will feed into the mid-term review of the Regional Action Framework on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific, which will be considered at the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on CRVS in 2020.

UNFPA: International Consultant for Comprehensive assessment of the CRVS systems in Georgia

UNFPA Georgia is planning to support the conduction of a comprehensive assessment of the CRVS systems in Georgia. For supporting that task a consultant is required, more information and the ToR can be found here. Interested candidates can apply to the e-mail: [email protected] by 22.07.2018. The subject line should state: "IC for CRVS Assessment in Georgia". The application package should include CV/ P-11 form and Motivation/Cover letter.  

French version of World Bank state-of-the-art, eLearning course on CRVS launched

In collaboration with the Korea Ministry of Strategy and Finance, The World Bank, on behalf of the Global Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Group, launched a French version of its state-of-the-art, eLearning course on CRVS. So far, The World Bank reports that from the 979 learners enrolled in the English version, 461 successfully completed the course and received the basic level certificate. Those numbers are expected to grow significantly as the French version reaches new participants in locations where the lessons learned can be linked with identity management systems and tailored for local contexts. Moreover, although the English version of the course can be self-paced or virtually facilitated, the French version is self-paced only. And in the coming months, The World Bank also plans to launch a Spanish language version of the self-paced course. Ultimately, the overall development of this course, as well as its expansion, further demonstrates the commitment of the Global CRVS Group and its development partners to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically 16.9: By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration.