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The Global Oceans Accounts Partnership brings together countries, expert institutions and ocean stakeholders to systematically track progress toward SDG 14: Life Under Water through standardized data.

As a source of food, livelihood and way of life for our region, the ocean keeps Asia and the Pacific afloat. Yet, Asia-Pacific progress can only be tracked for two out of ten targets for SDG 14: Life Below Water. The Partnership works to equip national statistical systems across varying levels to develop and use ocean statistics protect the seas.

Countries in the region are also diving in to save the ocean and its resources at the 2020 ESCAP Commission session.

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ESCAP also keeps a pulse on the region through civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS). Civil registration is the critical act of recording important events in people’s lives such as births, deaths and marriages. The data generated from this process, known as vital statistics, provide individuals with the official recognition to establish legal identity and exercise their rights.

ESCAP is working with governments and development partners to improve CRVS in the region as part of the Get Every One in the Picture initiative in Asia and the Pacific region launched in 2014. A Ministerial Conference on CRVS was held in November 2014 to assure continuous support to strengthen CRVS in Asia and the Pacific and actively promote the right of all to a legal identity, evidenced with registration certificates.

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