Regional efforts to “Get Every One in the Picture” made significant progress this year when the 74th Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific passed ESCAP Resolution 74/8. The Resolution, “Accelerating the implementation of the Regional Action Framework on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific”, follows the recommendation of the Regional Steering Group for CRVS to conduct a midterm review of the implementation of the Regional Action Framework on CRVS in Asia and Pacific.
Sponsored by Fiji, and co-sponsored by Bangladesh, the Philippines, Australia and Cambodia, the Resolution was ultimately endorsed by all Member and associate Member states and resolves to assemble the Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia-Pacific in 2020.
Among other agenda items, the RSG will begin preparing for the midterm review at its upcoming Fourth meeting of the RSG later this year, including by setting out criteria for midterm reporting, as well as developing additional, pertinent items for consideration. The full text of Resolution 74/8 can be found here.