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

10 Dec 2012 to 11 Dec 2012
Bangkok, Thailand

The Make Every Life Count High-level Meeting on the Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in Asia and the Pacific took place on 10-11 December 2012. The event was hosted by ESCAP and the World Health Organization (WHO), and co-organized with 18 additional partners (see below).

The High-level Meeting introduced the Make Every Life Count initiative to improve CRVS in Asia and the Pacific and reviewed the political, institutional and resource challenges facing member States in improving their CRVS systems.

Over 230 senior officials - representing the civil registration, health and statistics sectors of 48 member States and 22 international organizations - reached consensus on a draft Regional Strategic Plan containing country actions and regional support activities to strengthen national CRVS systems. Furthermore, the outcome of the High-level Meeting was the basis for ESCAP resolution 67/15, which requested ESCAP to establish a Regional Steering Group for CRVS in Asia and the Pacific, and to convene an intergovernmental ministerial conference in 2014.

The Regional Strategic Plan was subsequently endorsed by the Committee on Statistics at its third session (12-14 December 2012) and in ESCAP resolution 69/15 in 2013.

Co-organizing partners:
- United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) – co-host
- World Health Organization (WHO) – co-host and main donor
- Asia-Pacific Regional Coordination Mechanism Thematic Working Group on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women
- Asian Development Bank (ADB)
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
- 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
- Royal Thai Government (Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Public Health and National Statistical Office)
- Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
- United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Asia-Pacific Regional Centre
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Bangkok
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNWOMEN)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)
University of Queensland: Health Information System Knowledge Hub (HISHub)

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