Chapter 5: Horizons for CRVS in Asia and the Pacific

This chapter takes stock of all the analyses presented throughout the previous chapters, and highlights how the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, launched after the declaration of the Decade, acknowledges civil registration as a basis for legal identity and requires good quality vital statistics to monitor progress towards the SDGs. The chapter draws conclusions on the implications for the coming years, with the end of the Decade in 2024 in sight and considering how the COVID-19 pandemic underlined the need for accurate, complete and timely vital statistics, including on causes of death,

The Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific, which will take place in November 2021, will be an opportunity for governments and development partners to come together and celebrate the success of the first part of the Decade.

The recommendations from the Conference will be key for the region to achieve its 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. The achievement of the shared vision will, in turn, strengthen sustainable development, facilitate the implementation of identity management systems founded on civil registration and improve preparedness for future crises.