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

Date: 
24 Nov 2014 to 28 Nov 2014
Location: 
Bangkok, Thailand

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Please visit the website of the Ministerial Conference for more information: http://www.getinthepicture.org
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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. As a consequence, millions of people in the region are without a legal identity and live and die without leaving an official trace in record or statistics. People that are unregistered 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 in a variety of fields.

Convened in response to a request from member States in ESCAP resolution 69/15, the Ministerial Conference aims to address the status quo. It 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, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health.

Under the theme of "Get every one in the picture", the main outcomes of the Conference are expected to be:
(1) The adoption of a Ministerial Declaration to “Get every one in the picture” in Asia and the Pacific
(2) Endorsement of a Regional Action Framework on Asia and the Pacific of goals, national 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”.
(3) Proclamation of an “Asia-Pacific CRVS decade, 2015 to 2024”

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Documents for the Ministerial Conference can be accessed at the Conference website: http://www.getinthepicture.org/documents
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Please direct enquiries to Ms. Rikke Munk Hansen, ESCAP Statistics Division, hansenrm@un.org