The Brisbane Accord Group in collaboration with the United Nations Statistics Division and regional partners namely, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) will convene a Regional Meeting on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics for Pacific Islands, from 22 to 25 February 2016. The meeting will be hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and will be held at the SPC conference center in Noumea, New Caledonia. The key objectives of the meeting are:
1. To share experiences in improving CRVS across the Pacific from the last 4 years of the Pacific Vital Statistics Action Plan in order to
a. build further support for CRVS across the region,
b. encourage countries to ensure CRVS is linked to national plans, and
c. share actions and strategies that may be useful for other countries in reaching their CRVS improvement targets.
2. To share national CRVS commitments to improving CRVS, and encourage countries that have not done so to set targets in line with the Regional Action Framework,
3. To introduce the UN Principles and Recommendations (rev 3) for CRVS, along with other tools and standards to assist countries to improve their systems
4. To move forward on regional actions and approaches that address common CRVS issues (such as legislation and IT guidelines)
This meeting will bring together participants from the civil registration, statistics and health sectors from across the region and is an important opportunity to share experiences and lessons learnt, and to ensure that the Pacific Islands continues to lead the way in CRVS improvements.