The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the role of well-designed, implemented and coordinated social protection systems in protecting people throughout their lives and promoting their well-being. The pandemic has also shown that social protection should be a right for all, rather than a privilege for a few. However, many challenges remain in ensuring that the goal of universal social protection comes to fruition in Asia-Pacific.
As a result, ESCAP and the International Labour Organization have produced a new report entitled "The Protection We Want: Social Protection in Asia and the Pacific". The new report details the remaining gaps in social protection, provides recommendations on how to broaden social coverage and unlock future prosperity. The report references the importance of CRVS systems.
The report was launched in preparation for the Sixth Session of the Committee on Social Development where an indicator framework for monitoring progress towards the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development was adopted. The framework includes the Sustainable Development Goals indicators 16.9.1 and 17.19.2 on birth and death registration completeness.