High-level Meeting on the Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific

10 Dec 2012 to 11 Dec 2012

The High-level Meeting on the Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in Asia and the Pacific will take place on 10-11 December 2012, back-to-back with the Committee on Statistics (12-14 December 2012). The Meeting will be hosted by ESCAP and the World Health Organization (WHO), and is being co-organized with 18 additional partners (see below).

The Meeting will review the political, institutional and resource challenges facing member States in improving their CRVS systems with the aim of reaching consensus around the key actions needed to enhance these systems in Asia and the Pacific. The deliberations will focus on:

  • Providing an overview on the current state of CRVS systems in the region and demonstrating the impetus for improvement;
  • Examining barriers, challenges and options for improving CRVS systems in the following areas:
    • Public policy, legislation and legal frameworks;
    • Institutional capacity;
    • Completeness of civil registration;
    • Use and dissemination of vital statistics;
    • Political commitment and public awareness;
    • Coordination and collaboration between national civil registration, vital statistics, health and other sectors;
  • Generating momentum for moving forward:
    • Fostering national ownership;
    • Financial, human and technical resource mobilization;
    • Developing regional governance and coordination mechanisms

The Meeting is expected to call for increased political commitment and leadership for the improvement of CRVS systems in Asia and the Pacific, and to establish consensus on a draft Regional Strategic Plan to support national action. This consensus will lay a solid foundation for future steps in this initiative.

In addition, the High-level Meeting will open on the International Human Rights Day (10 December), presenting an ideal opportunity to highlight the human rights aspects of CRVS systems.


  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) – co-host
  • World Health Organization (WHO) – co-host and main donor
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Health Metrics Network (HMN)
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM) Asia and Pacific Regional Office
  • Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21)
  • Plan International
  • Regional Coordination Mechanism Thematic Working Group on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women
  • Royal Thai Government (Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Public Health and National Statistical Office)
  • Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
  • Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations (UNSD)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Asia-Pacific Regional Centre
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Bangkok
  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
  • University of Queensland: Health Information System Knowledge Hub (HISHub)
  • United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNWOMEN)