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Global Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Group

The Global Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Group is a group of international and regional organizations coming together to forge stronger alliances in the area of civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS). With growing recognition of the value of CRVS to human rights, good governance, and development planning, monitoring and evaluation, there has been renewed interest in strengthening national CRVS systems. CRVS is also emerging as an essential underpinning of the post-2015 development agenda, and considered as an essential element of National Strategies on the Development of Statistics (NSDS). The Group aims, among others, to converge strategic priorities towards the improvement of national CRVS systems, through active interaction and greater collaboration among members, and coordinate global efforts to deliver as one (See the ToR of the Group.)

Members' meetings

  • 6th Meeting of the Global CRVS Group, 7 March 2016, New York, USA :
  • 5th Meeting of the Global CRVS Group, 10 June 2015, Washington DC, USA :
  • 4th Meeting of the Global CRVS Group, 2 March 2015, New York , USA :
  • 3nd Meeting of the Global CRVS Group, 25 November 2014, Bangkok, Thailand :
  • 2nd Meeting of the Global CRVS Group, 24 September 2014, Seoul, Republic of Korea :
  • 1st Meeting of the Global CRVS Group, 29 April 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia :

Current Events

  • 25 – 26 July 2016: Multi-country workshop on “Improving cause-of-death statistics in health facilities”; organised by Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Tanzania and WHO in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
  • 30 August - 2 September 2016: Workshop on the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Revision 3, for Central American and Caribbean Countries; organised by UNSD, Unicef and OAS in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
  • Summer 2016: Assessments of national statistical systems (NSS) or national strategies for the development of statistics (NSDS), including CRVS aspects; organised by PARIS21 in Myanmar, Laos, Cabo Verde, Chad, Lesotho and Sudan.
  • 27 – 28 September 2016: 3rd. Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean on the Right to Identity and Universal Birth Registration; organised by Mexico’s National Population Registry, Organization of American States, UNICEF, Inter-American Development Bank, and Plan International in Mexico City, Mexico.
  • 29 September 2016: First Ministerial Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean on the Right to Identity and Universal Birth Registration; organised by Organization of American States, Mexico’s National Population Registry and Inter-American Development Bank in Mexico City, Mexico.
  • 30 September 2016: XII Meeting Latin American and Caribbean Council for Civil Registration, Identity, and Vital Statistics -CLARCIEV-; organised by Organization of American States and Mexico´s National Population Registry in Mexico City, Mexico.
  • September 2016: Nepal High Level Forum on CRVS; organised by PARIS21 in Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • September - October 2016: CRVS Symposium: Workshop to Strengthen integration of CRVS into official Statistics; organised by PARIS21 in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • 18 October 2016: ALAP Conference Side Meeting on CRVS assessment using Direct Methods; organised by IUSSP Panel on Innovations in Strengthening CRVS Systems, UNSD and PAA in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil.
  • 21 October 2016: ALAP Conference Special Session on CRVS assessment from the academia perspective; organised by IUSSP Panel on Innovations in Strengthening CRVS Systems, UNSD and PAA in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil.

Future Events

  • Fall 2016: Data analysis and report writing course for CRVS; organised by SPC/ BAG in Noumea, New Caledonia.
  • Fall 2016: BAG partner meeting; organised by SPC/ BAG in location to be determined.

Past Events

  • 2-3 June 2016: Interregional seminar to exchange and discuss best practices in CRVS from Africa and Asia; organised by ECA and ESCAP in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • 30 May – 1 June 2016: Pacific Health Information Network Meeting – including “expo” display on IT for CRVS; organised by WHO Pacific Office in Fiji.
  • 30 May – 1 June 2016: Expert Group Meeting to validate the draft training of trainers manual on the production of vital statistics from civil registration records; organised by ECA and ESCAP in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • 5-6 May 2016: Workshop on development of a step-by-step guide on Improvement of death registration and collection of causes of death information; organized by ECA, AfDB, AUC, UNICEF, WHO, UNHCR, UNFPA, ASSD, INDEPTH Network, Plan International, PARIS21 in Lusaka, Zambia.
  • 2-4 May 2016: Workshop on sharing experience on CRVS assessments and plans; organized by ECA, AfDB, AUC, UNICEF, WHO, UNHCR, UNFPA, ASSD, INDEPTH Network, Plan International, PARIS21 in Lusaka, Zambia.
  • 27-28 April 2016: Pacific Heads of Health meeting; organised by Pacific Community (Public Health Division) in Suva, Fiji.
  • April 2016: Workshop for Bhutan, Philippines, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati and Armenia to share outcomes and lessons learnt from technical assistance projects in support of improving national CRVS systems; organized by ESCAP Statistics Division in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • March 2016: Training of pool of African experts on vital statistics; organized by ECA, UNFPA in Rwanda.
  • 22 - 25 February 2016: Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in the Pacific Islands: Standards, best practice and lessons learnt; organized by BAG, UNSD, SPC and ESCAP in Noumea, New Caledonia.
  • December 2015/ January 2016: Meeting of the beneficiary countries to discuss lessons learnt and results of technical assistance grants in support of CRVS improvement activities; organized by ESCAP Statistics Division in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 1–4 December 2015: Workshop on the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Revision 3, for Caribbean countries; organized by UNSD and OAS in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • 2-4 December 2015: Workshop to review country CRVS assessment, planning processes and investment planning; organized by ECA, AfDB, AUC, UNICEF, WHO, UNHCR, UNFPA, Statistics South Africa, INDEPTH Network, Plan International, PARIS21 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • 1–3 December 2015: 11th Asian Government Forum on Electronic Identity; organized by Asia Pacific Smart Card Association in Bangladesh.
  • 28 November 2015: Lessons learned from local initiatives supporting sustainable CRVS systems in Africa. Side meeting at the African Population Conference; organized by IUSSP Scientific Panel on Innovations for Strengthening Civil Registration and Vital Statistical Systems in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 23-25 November 2015: 11th Africa Symposium on Statistical Development Theme: “Promoting Use of Information and Communication Technology Solutions in Improving CRVS in Africa”; organized by Statistics South Africa, ECA, AfDB in Libreville, Gabon.
  • 9–12 November 2015: Workshop on the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Revision 3, for South American countries; organized by UNSD and ECLAC-CELADE in Santiago, Chile.
  • 2-6 November 2015: Training of CR and VS officials from French speaking countries; organized by ECA, UNICEF, AfDB in Yaounde, Cameroon.
  • 26-30 October 2015: RELACSIS meeting; organized by Latin American and Caribbean Network for Strengthening Health Systems (RELACSIS) in San José, Costa Rica.
  • 18-21 October 2015: Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference; organized by WHO, USAID, IMOCEF, UNFPA in Mexico City.
  • 6-9 October 2015: XII Meeting Latin American and Caribbean Council for Civil Registration, Identity, and Vital Statistics -CLARCIEV-; organized by Civil Registry of Paraguay and Organization of American States in Asuncion, Paraguay.
  • 5-6 October 2015: United Nations Expert Group Meeting on “Strengthening the demographic evidence base for the post-2015 development agenda”; organized by United Nations Population Division in New York, USA.
  • 28 September-2 October 2015: African Mortality Statistics Expert Workshop; organized by ECA, WHO, Statistics South Africa in Cairo, Egypt.
  • 16-18 September 2015: Driving the Data Revolution: Statistical Use of Administrative Registers; organized by Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C., USA.
  • 15-18 September 2015: Sub-regional Asian workshop on applying principles and recommendations for a Vital Statistics System for implementing the Regional Action Framework for strengthening CRVS; organized by UNSD, ESCAP and OSCE in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • August 2015: Brisbane Accord Group face to face meeting (Pacific Vital Statistics Action Plan); organized by ABS and SPC in Brisbane, Australia.
  • 28-30 July 2015: Meeting of the Regional Steering Group for CRVS in Asia and the Pacific; organized by ESCAP Statistics Division in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 13-24 July 2015: Data analysis and report writing workshop for CRVS (for the North Pacific); organized by SPC in Hagåtña, Guam.
  • 15-16 June 2015: Expert Group Meeting on CRVS: Death Registration and Mortality Estimation in the Arab Region; organized by UN-ESCWA in Beirut, Lebanon.
  • 10-12 June 2015: Pacific Civil Registrars Network Meeting; organized by Pacific Civil Registrars Network, UNICEF and SPC in Nadi, Fiji.
  • May 2015: 71st Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific(resolution on CRVS expected); organized by ESCAP.
  • 29 April 2015: Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Regional Partnership on CRVS; organized by ESCAP Statistics Division in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • First quarter 2015: Second round of data analysis and report writing training for Pacific Countries, organized by SPC and BAG partners.
  • First quarter 2015: Follow up national CRVS planning meeting, organized by BAG partners in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
  • First quarter 2015: Follow up national CRVS planning meeting, organized by BAG partners in Tarawa, Kiribati.
  • First quarter 2015: Study tour of the National Vital Events Registration Agency (VERA) of Ethiopia on CRVS; organized by ESCAP and ECA in India, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
  • 13-17 February 2015: 3rd Conference of African Ministers responsible for Civil Registration, organized by African Union Commission, African Development Bank and UN Economic Commission for Africa in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
  • 25-27 March 2015: ESCAP Committee on Statistics, Fourth Session, organized by UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 19 January 2015: Consultation on activities under the newly launched partnership between ESCAP and Data2x; organized by ESCAP, Data2X and UN Foundation in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • January 2015: Planned experts review meeting of draft regional guidelines on IT for CRVS, organized by SPC and BAG partners in Noumea, New Caledonia.
  • January 2015: African Symposium on Statistical Development, organized by UN Economic Commission for Africa, African Union Commission, African Development Bank, and Statistics South Africa in Kampala, Uganda.
  • Last Quarter of 2014 (tbd): Second round of data analysis and report writing training for Pacific Countries, organized by SPC and Brisbance Accord Group partners.
  • Last Quarter of 2014 (tbd): Planned experts review meeting of draft regional guidelines on IT for CRVS, organized by SPC and Brisbance Accord Group partners.
  • 2-5 December 2014: Workshop on the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Revision 3, for African English-speaking countries, organized by UN Statistics Division and UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • 8-9 December 2014: Meeting of birth registration experts ‘Information and Communication Technologies Support to Birth Registration’; organized by UNICEF and IADB in Bern, Switzerland.
  • 24-28 November 2014: Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific, organized by ESCAP co-organizing with ADB, Plan International, UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR and WHO in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 24-28 November 2014: Event to disseminate advocacy video on CRVS during Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and Pacific; organized by PARIS21 in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • November 2014: Side event (poster and panel session) at the Asia Pacific Ministerial Meeting: CRVS Improvements in the Pacific and the Pacific Vital Statistics Action Plan; organized by SPC and BAG partners in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • November 2014: Initial country trial and technical assessment towards development of regional coding solutions; organized by Queensland University of Technology, Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Pacific Health Information Network in Suva, Fiji.
  • October 2014: BAG partners meeting - development of the next phase of the Pacific Vital Statistics Action Plan for 2015-2017; organized by BAG partners in Suva, Fiji.
  • 13-14 October 2014: Expert Group Meeting on ICT application in CRVS systems, organized by ECA in collaboration with the Core Group in Abidjan, Cote d'Iviore.
  • 13-17 October 2014: Expert Group Meeting on CRVS and 3rd Conference of Ministers Responsible for CRVS, organized by AfDB, UNECA and AUC in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.
  • 16-17 October 2014: 3rd Conference of African Ministers responsible for Civil Registration, organized by African Union Commission in collaboration with ECA, African Development Bank, UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, UNHCR, Plan International and INDEPTH Network in Abidjan, Cote d'Iviore.
  • 14 September 2014: First International Conference on Identity Management organized by Inter-American Development Bank with the Government of Korea as the host and AfDB and ADB as co-organizers in the Republic of Korea.
  • 23-25 September 2014: International Identity Management Conference, organzied by AfDB, UNECA, IDB and ADB in Seoul Korea.
  • week of 18 August 2014 (2 days): Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific, organized by ESCAP co-organizing with ADB, Plan International, UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR and WHO in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • August 2014: SIDS meeting –focus on NCD (plus side event on NCD), organized by Pacific Forum Secretariat/UN in Apia, Samoa.
  • July 2014: Pacific Ministers of Health Meeting, organized by SPC and Pacific Forum Secretariat in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
  • 28 April - 9 May 2014: Data analysis and report writing training, organized by SPC and Brisbane Accord Group partners in Noumea, New Caledonia.
  • 28-29 April 2014: Regional CRVS meeting, organized by WHO in Addis Ababa.
  • 26-27 April 2014 : Conference on Good Practices of Birth Registration, organized by UNICEF-Malaysia and UNHCR-Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • 13-14 March 2014: Follow-up workshop: April 2014: Fact-finding mission for the development of case and investment studies to support the improvement of CRVS in the Philippines, organized by Philippine Statistics Authority, Department of Health, WHO, Government of Canada in Manila, Philippines.
  • 20-21 March 2014: : CRVS National Stakeholders Meeting, organized by WHO-Pakistan co-organizing with the Ministry of Planning
  • May 2014: Planning meeting for phase 2 of the Ten Year Pacific Statistics Strategy – including a focus on CRVS, organized by SPC in Suva, Fiji.
  • 19-23 May 2014 (week of): Senior officials segment at the 70th Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), organized by ESCAP in Bangkok.
  • 26-30 May 2014: Regional CRVS meeting in Asia, organized by UNSD in Daejeon, Republic of Korea.
  • 28-30 May 2014: High-level Summit on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, organized by Government of Canada and Every Child/Executive Office of the Secretary General in Toronto.
  • 28-30 May 2014: Asia-Pacific Civil Registrars Meeting, organized by UNICEF, UNHCR ESCAP, Plan International and WHO in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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News

  • COLLECTIVE EFFORT TO DEVELOP E-LEARNING COURSE ON CRVS : A number of UN agencies, international organizations, academia and civil society organizations met in IDRC headquarters in Ottawa from 11 to 14 July to review 13 modules of the e-learning course on civil registration and vital statistics. Modules, based on international standards and principles and recommendations and the CDC “Training Course on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems”, cover a wide variety of aspects of civil registration and vital statistics, such as vital events registration, institutional arrangements, legal framework, assessment, refugees, digitalization, and identity, among other areas.
    The eLearning will target personnel working in civil registration departments and national statistics offices, university students interested in pursuing a career in CRVS, and others such as epidemiologists, statisticians, demographers, public administrators, and researchers. Given that most practitioners and CRVS experts do not have knowledge of (or expertise in) all components of CRVS systems, each module will be designed for beginners to make it possible for course participants to fully grasp selected or all modules. It is planned that the course is hosted by the Online Learning Center of the World Bank.
  • Workshop on the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Revision 3, for Central American and Caribbean countries : The workshop is organised in partnership with Unicef and the Organization for American States, with support of the Pan-American Health Organization and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean/CELADE. Civil registrars and statisticians will meet in Guatemala City from 30 August to 2 September 2016 to discuss the international standards for CRVS and to share challenges and best practices.
    For more information on this workshop, please click here.
  • Global indicator framework for monitoring progress towards achieving SDGs highlights the importance of CRVS : The importance of civil registration and vital statistics systems was explicitly recognised. Target 16.9 By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration, with its Indicator 16.9.1: Percentage of children under 5 whose births have been registered with a civil authority, disaggregated by age recognises the centrality of birth registration for the realisation of human rights, and as building block for identity. Target 17.19 By 2030, build on existing initiatives to develop measurements of progress on sustainable development that complement gross domestic product, and support statistical capacity-building in developing countries, with its indicator 17.19.2: Proportion of countries that (a) have conducted at least one population and housing census in the last 10 years; and (b) have achieved 100 per cent birth registration and 80 per cent death registration stresses the role of birth and death registration to improve people’ s lives in a sustainable manner.
    Both of these targets use birth and death registration coverage as input for monitoring. In addition, vital statistics are used as directly in the computation of more than ten indicators pertaining to other goals, and indirectly in a number of indicators which necessitate population data. Click here. to know more
  • TRAINING LAUNCH: CDC Course on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: The International Statistics Program of the CDC has developed a training course on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Systems to provide information to epidemiologists, statisticians, demographers, and others working in public health about vital statistics data gathered from a national civil registration system. The training curriculum consists of an instructor guide, participant notes, 10 chapters on selected CRVS topics with slide sets, plus optional exercises and assignments, and technical appendices.
    All the material is available for your use free of charge, and can be downloaded from the CDC website.
  • Workshop on the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Revision 3, for Caribbean countries: The workshop was conducted in partnership with the Organization for American States and Pan-American Health Organization with support of the Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. Civil registrars and statisticians from the following countries participated: Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.
    For more information on this workshop, presentations, and conclusions and recommendations emanating from it, please click here.

Archived News

  • PUBLICATION LAUNCH: CRVS Digitisation Guidebook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Digitising Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Processes in Low Resource Settings. This CRVS Digitisation Guidebook was commissioned by the African Development Bank for the African Programme for the Accelerated Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (APAI-CRVS) and was developed jointly by Plan International and Jembi Health Systems. The Guidebook is intended to be a living and collaborative resource that can be extended over time, as countries contribute re-usable assets and case studies to the Guidebook based on their experiences. The Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Digitisation Guidebook (CRVS-DGB) is an online resource that provides step-by-step guidance for countries to plan, analyse, design and implement digitized systems and automated processes for CRVS.
  • WORKSHOP ON THE PRINCIPLES AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A VITAL STATISTICS SYSTEM, REVISION 3, FOR SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRIES: The workshop was conducted in partnership with CELADE, the Population Division of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, with collaboration of the National Institute of Statistics of Chile, the Ministry of Health of Chile, and the Service of Civil Registration and Identification of Chile. Civil registrars, statisticians and health professionals from the following countries participated: Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Organization of American States also participated.
    For more information on this workshop, presentations, and conclusions and recommendations emanating from it, please click here.
  • PUBLICATION LAUNCH: TOWARDS UNIVERSAL BIRTH REGISTRATION, A SYSTEMIC APPROACH TO THE APPLICATION OF ICT: The Inter-American Development Bank and UNICEF (2015) Toward Universal Birth Registration: A Systemic Approach to the Application of ICT is the result of a technical consultation with civil registrars and experts on practices and challenges associated with introducing information and communication technology (ICT) into birth registration processes. It reflects on the legal, administrative and technical requirements to be in place before introducing ICT. As examples, it discusses the privacy paradox between the state’s need to know and the right to have one’s personal information protected; it provides insight into the support required for staff and users when introducing ICT; it offers ideas on the structure and standards for the ICT system; and for mitigating errors and evaluating success. The document details the logic elements that go into a move from a paper-based environment to one of electronic records, with check lists for the Civil Registrars to consider.
  • FIRST MEETING OF THE REGIONAL STEERING GROUP FOR CRVS IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC: The First Meeting of the Regional Steering Group for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in Asia and the Pacific was held in Bangkok from the 28 - 30 July. Senior government officials from the Health, Statistics, Planning and Civil Registration sector as well as development partners attended the meeting and a work programme for the Regional Steering Group was developed and three subgroups established. The Regional Steering Group comprises 30 members: 22 from members and associate members and eight development partners. The group provides guidance for the implementation of the Regional Action Framework on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific, and is entrusted to act as custodian of the Asia and Pacific CRVS Decade (2015 - 2024). For more information on the new Regional Steering Group, please click here.
  • If you have any questions on the Regional Steering Group, please contact: Ms. Tanja Sejersen, Statistics Division, ESCAP at sejersent@un.org
  • IUSSP Call for Papers: Lessons learned from local initiatives supporting sustainable CRVS systems in Africa: Side meeting at the African Population Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa, 28 November 2015. Organized by the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Innovations for Strengthening Civil Registration and Vital Statistical Systems.
    Submission deadline: 31 August 2015
    This event will take place as a side meeting to the 7th African Population Conference (APC) in Johannesburg, organized by the Union for African Population Studies (UAPS). It will bring together participants attending the APC and additional participants from civil registration authorities (CRAs (including staff from local registration offices), National Statistical Offices (NSOs), Ministries of Health, HDSS sites, and international organisations. Possible themes covered by the submissions include the following:
    • What are the lessons learned from local initiatives supporting sustainable civil registration and vital statistics systems in Africa?
    • What are the incentives to register births and deaths locally?
    • How are local initiatives integrated with the national statistical systems?
    • Are there innovative ways to make sure that notifications of vital events are followed by registration and issuance of certificates?
    • Experiences and lessons learned in the production of vital statistics from incomplete civil registration systems.
    Abstracts should be submitted via the IUSSP website before 31 August 2015 at: http://iussp.org/en/iussp-seminar-submissions. Submissions should include a short 200-word abstract AND an extended abstract (2 to 4 pages, including tables). The working languages of the side meeting will be English and French and simultaneous translation will be provided. Abstracts may therefore be written in English or French. For further information please contact Organizers:
    Patrick Gerland at gerland@un.org and
    Bruno Masquelier at bruno.masquelier@uclouvain.be
  • The Regional Steering Group on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific established: The composition of the Regional Steering Group on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific was endorsed by the ESCAP Commission during its seventy-first session in May 2015. Membership of the Regional Steering Group was determined on the basis of nominations received from Governments of the region in March 2015. The Regional Steering Group will oversee the implementation of the Regional Action Framework and act as custodian of the Asia and Pacific CRVS Decade (2015 - 2024). The first meeting of the Regional Steering Group will be held in Bangkok, Thailand from 28 to 30 July 2015.
  • If you have any questions on the Regional Steering Group, please contact: Ms. Tanja Sejersen, Statistics Division, ESCAP at sejersent@un.org
  • Third Conference of African Ministers responsible for Civil Registration: Ministers from African countries have agreed to launch a Decade of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics with the goal of “leaving no child out” and “no country behind” in the effort to register all vital events in Africa. The ministerial meeting took place on 12 and 13 February 2015 in Yamoussoukro, Republic of Cote d’Ivoire. The engagement by the Ministers forms part of detailed recommendations arising from the conference. These include strengthening the capacity of the Secretariat of the Africa Programme on Accelerated improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (APAI-CRVS); establishing strong links with the health sector to improve registration of births and deaths including improving causes of death information at country level ; establishing strong linkages between civil registration and national identity systems; and developing guidelines for mainstreaming gender issues in CRVS systems and for managing CRVS in conflict and emergency situations. The conference theme of “Promoting the use of civil registration and vital statistics in support of good governance in Africa” recognized the significance of CRVS as a tool to facilitate development with all that entails, from honoring human rights starting with the right to identity, to enhancing economic opportunity and Africa’s commitment to regional integration.
  • Read the Conference Resolutions: Yamoussoukro Declaration
  • CRVS video Africa: PARIS21 is pleased to share the CRVS Video in Africa, which was launched during the 3rd Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration in Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire, 9-13 February 2015. You will find the links to the different versions of the video below:
  • Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific: The first Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in Asia and the Pacific took place in Bangkok during 24 to 28 November 2014 under the slogan ‘Get Every One in the Picture’. 44 Government delegations, including officials from civil registration, health and planning, were represented at the Conference – and 17 international and non-governmental organizations participated. 53 media outlets covered the Conference and there were almost 500 tweets about the Conference: Signifying how important CRVS is for development, the Conference was organized by a partnership between ESCAP UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, WHO, ADB and Plan International, in collaboration with the PMNCH, the World Bank Group, PARIS21, SPC, the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, and World Vision International. The Conference was historic and reached visionary yet implementable outcomes, including a ministerial declaration, a regional action framework for 2015-2024, and the proclamation of 2015 to 2024 as the Asian and Pacific CRVS Decade:
  • For more information, please visit: http://www.getinthepicture.org/
  • CRVS video documentary: PARIS21 produced a CRVS video documentary for the region of Asia and the Pacific that was launched at session entitled “Leave no data behind: CRVS and the data revolution” at the Ministerial Meeting, held in Bangkok on 24-28 November. The presentation of the video documentary was followed by a panel on the challenges and impediments to generating quality vital statistics, as well as providing recommendations for ensuring maximum use of civil registration data for development. The discussion focused on the potential role and responsibilities of national statistical systems to effectively bridge the gap in generating vital statistics and promoting their use in governance, policy, and planning.

  • International Identity Management Conference: id-m Conference was held in Seoul last September. It was a great opportunity to share knowledge among institutions on identity management and contribute to the development of better identity management systems. The support of countries was essential in order to produce the Seoul Statement (links to the statements are below), which reaffirms the commitment to ensure the promotion, development and implementation of public policies and actions to strengthen the civil and identification registries as fundamental to all the rights that confers the legal identity. Visit the web site of the event, where you will find the presentations of the 8 sessions and more information about the conference: www.globalidm.org