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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.)

News

  • 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

Current Events

  • 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.

Future Events

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Second quarter 2015: First Meeting of Latin American and Caribbean Ministers responsible for Civil Registration; organized by OAS, UNICEF, IDB and Plan International in Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Second quarter 2015: 3rd Latin American Regional Meeting about the right to identity and universal civil registration; organized by OAS, UNICEF, IDB and Plan International in Mexico City, Mexico.
  • May 2015: 71st Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, organized by ESCAP.
  • Last quarter 2015: Asia and Pacific regional training workshop on NSDS 2.0 guidelines – to include a module on mainstreaming CRVS in the NSDS process, organized by PARIS21.

Past Events

  • 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.