Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in Asia and the Pacific

24 Nov 2014 to 28 Nov 2014
Bangkok, Thailand

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Convened in response to a request from member States in ESCAP resolution 69/15, the Ministerial Conference will bring together Ministers of Interior or Home Affairs, Ministers of Health, Heads of National Statistical Offices, as well as senior representatives of development partners. It is being co-organized by ESCAP, UNICEF, UNDP, UNHCR, UNFPA, WHO, ADB and Plan International.

The aim of the Ministerial Conference is to agree on a Regional Action Framework of goals, targets and areas of action for accelerating and focusing efforts to improve civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems in Asia and the Pacific during an “Asia-Pacific CRVS decade, 2015 to 2024”.

A comprehensive preparatory process is underway to consult on the outcome documents of the Ministerial Conference, overseen by a Regional Steering Group of high-level government and international organization representatives. More information about preparatory meetings will be shared in due course.

As many as 135 million children under five years old in Asia and the Pacific have not had their births registered and only four countries in the region have high quality information on why people are dying. The effect is that millions of people in the region live and die without leaving an official trace in record or statistics. They are hidden from policy-makers and unable to realize many of their rights.

Civil registration is the important act of recording the vital events in people’s lives, including births, marriages, divorces, adoptions and deaths. Through civil registration, individuals obtain the legal documentation, such as a birth certificate, often required to establish legal identity, nationality, family relationships and civil status. When universal, civil registration is the preferred data source of vital statistics on the demographics and health of the population, including population dynamics, fertility and mortality. These statistics, such as population figures and causes of death, are critical tools for government to effectively and efficiently plan, implement and evaluate policy.

For more information about CRVS and the Ministerial Conference, please download the pamphlet (see link below)

Please direct enquiries to Ms. Rikke Munk Hansen, ESCAP Statistics Division,