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01 Mar 2024
Towards Achieving Target 16.9 and Legal Identity for All – How Far Have We Come and What’s Next?

Newsletter February 2024

You are cordially invited to join the Side Event of the 55th session of the UN Statistical Commission on "Towards achieving target 16.9 and legal identity for all – how far have we come and what’s next?". 

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development established a specific target within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - Target 16.9 — legal identity for all as well as 17.19 on birth and death registration completeness. As everyone has the right to be recognized as a person before the law, civil registration has been the fundamental means of granting legal identity and provided official record of the existence of the person. 

An inclusive civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) system helps to ensure no one is left behind, protects human rights, empowers individuals, and promotes sustainable development. Although significant progress has been made throughout the world, universal registration of vital events is yet to be achieved. 

The event will provide examples of country progress under the African CRVS Decade and the Asia and the Pacific CRVS Decade (2015-2024) as well as examples from Latin America. 

The concept note and a flyer can be found here.

Time: Friday 1 March 2024, 13:15-14.30 (EST)

Registration: MS Form

Meeting link: MS Team

Organisers: ESCAP, ECA, UNICEF, UNFPA, Vital Strategies, and UNDP under the umbrella of the UN Legal Identity Agenda

Concept note: UNSC website 

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