Civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) is a broad, complex and multidimensional development issue covering, at a minimum, rights, governance and data. Within countries, the agencies that are responsible for the different components of a CRVS system come from a diverse range of sectors including civil registration, health and statistics. This is not to mention the other areas of government that benefit from CRVS, such as those in the areas of national planning, social protection, education and justice.
Because CRVS has so many angles and stakeholders, opportunities for development partners to leverage activities and form collaborative and complementary partnerships ought to be taken advantage of.
In preparing for the 2012 High-level Meeting on the Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific, ESCAP formed and chaired an Organizing Committee comprising of the World Health Organization as a co-host and sponsor of the event and 18 other development partners. The group was made up of 13 UN entities, agencies from two governments, the Asian Development Bank, Plan International, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, PARIS21 and the University of Queensland Health Information Systems Knowledge Hub.
The same approach will be adopted for the preparations for ministerial meeting on CRVS in 2014 and ESCAP will be seeking to work even closer with development partners to identify effective approaches to strengthening national CRVS systems in Asia and the Pacific.
The Organizing Committee of the High-level Meeting comprised of the following development 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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