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

*** The Ministerial Conference website is now live at http://www.getinthepicture.org ***

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.

>> Purpose of the Ministerial Conference

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”.

>> Expected outcomes

The Ministerial Conference is expected to have three main outcomes:
(a) A Ministerial Declaration to “Get every one in the picture”
(b) Endorsement of a Regional Action Framework on Asia and the Pacific for 2015-2024
(c) Proclamation of an “Asia-Pacific CRVS decade, 2015 to 2024”

>> Preparatory process

A comprehensive preparatory process is underway to ensure that the views of all relevant stakeholders are taken into account in the outcome documents of the Ministerial Conference. These consultations are overseen by a Regional Steering Group of high-level government and international organization representatives.

A Civil Society Forum (http://www.unescap.org/events/civil-society-forum-crvs-asia-and-pacific) will take place on 26 and 27 August 2014 to provide representatives of civil society and non-governmental organizations with the opportunity to review the draft outcome documents and to develop a civil society statement to be delivered at the Ministerial Conference.

This event will be followed on 28 and 29 August 2014 by a Regional Preparatory Meeting (http://www.unescap.org/events/regional-preparatory-meeting-ministerial-c...) that will bring together senior government representatives from across the region to conduct a first review of the draft outcome documents of the draft ministerial declaration and regional action framework, and to identify key emerging issues related to civil registration and vital statistics.

>> About CRVS

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.

Please direct enquiries to Ms. Rikke Munk Hansen, ESCAP Statistics Division, hansenrm@un.org