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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

  • 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

  • 13-24 July 2015: Data analysis and report writing workshop for CRVS (for the North Pacific); organized by SPC in Hagåtña, Guam.
  • 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.
  • August 2015: Brisbane Accord Group face to face meeting (Pacific Vital Statistics Action Plan); organized by ABS and SPC in Brisbane, Australia.
  • September/ October 2015: Regional workshop to roll out technical guidelines for monitoring implementation of the RAF on CRVS and review training tool-kit; organized by ESCAP Statistics Division in TBD.
  • 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.
  • 16-18 September 2015: Driving the Data Revolution: Statistical Use of Administrative Registers; organized by Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C., USA.

Future Events

  • 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.
  • 18-21 October 2015: Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference; organized by WHO, USAID, IMOCEF, UNFPA in Mexico City.
  • 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.

Past Events

  • 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

  • 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

Archived News

  • 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