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The Asian and Pacific CRVS Decade (2015-2024) – an anchor for inclusive development


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Presentation by Rikke Hansen (UN ESCAP) at the international conference on innovations in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems - Ottawa on 27-28 February 2018. See more at

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The Asian and Pacific CRVS Decade (2015-2024) – an anchor for inclusive development

  1. 1. The Asian and Pacific CRVS Decade (2015-2024) – an anchor for inclusive development Harnessing The Power: CRVS Systems For 2030 Global Agendas Ottawa, 27-28 February 2018 Rikke Munk Hansen, UN ESCAP
  2. 2. CRVS as an anchor for inclusive development in Asia and the Pacific CRVS and the SDGs Regional commitment to universal registration, certificates to all and complete vital statistics Inclusive practices: coordination at all levels, whole-of-government and partnerships Progress in Asia and the Pacific and the priorities going forward
  3. 3. CRVS and the SDGs Target 16.9: “By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration" Indicator 16.9.1 measures birth registration (under 5 and under 1) –prerequisite and first step towards obtaining a legal identity 67 of the global SDG indicators could be completely or partially calculated using data originated from a well-functioning CRVS System
  4. 4. Commitments in Asia and the Pacific The 2014 Ministerial Conference on CRVS adopted the shared vision that: “By 2024, all people in Asia and the Pacific benefit from universal and responsive CRVS systems that facilitate the realization of their rights and support good governance, health and development” A ministerial declaration outlining the region’s commitments A Regional Action Framework with measurable targets for the region to monitor progress towards the vision
  5. 5. Goals Universal civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events; All individuals are provided with legal documentation of civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events, as necessary, to claim identity, civil status and ensuing rights Accurate, complete and timely vital statistics (including causes of death) are produced based on registration records and are disseminated
  6. 6. Implementation steps supporting multi-sectoral coordination and partner support Assign a national focal point Establish national CRVS coordination mechanism Conduct a comprehensive assessment Set the national target value for each target Assess inequalities related to CRVS experienced by subgroups of the population, and, where appropriate, set national targets to address those inequalities Develop a comprehensive multi-sectoral national CRVS strategy Develop and implement a plan for monitoring achievement of the national targets Report relevant information to the ESCAP secretariat
  7. 7. 38 of 58 countries have established national coordination mechanisms, many of these since 2014 17 of 58 countries have developed national CRVS strategies and many others in process Implementation steps status 0 10 20 30 40 50 Coordinat ion mechanis m Strategies CRVS focal points Assessme nt Reporting to ESCAP
  8. 8. Progress in the Asia-Pacific -political commitment and coordination Achievements Strong country initiatives and partnership support Political support Establishment of national targets, strategies and embedding CRVS improvements in national development plans Challenges Despite progress, coordination can still be improved Diversion of attention to national ID management systems
  9. 9. Progress in the Asia-Pacific -completeness Achievements Notable improvements in registration especially in South Asia and the Pacific Improved registration legislation and procedures for access Registration campaigns and mobile registration increasing outreach Challenges Completeness and inequality assessments Awareness and user engagement
  10. 10. Progress in the Asia-Pacific -vital statistics Achievements Notable progress in production and dissemination of vital statistics based on registration records Increased capacity for CoD certification Growing partner support for this area of CRVS Challenges Despite improvements, still huge gaps in CoD certification and coding (ICD-10, VA) Data sharing and awareness of the potential for using CR data for VS production Institutionalization of vital statistics production and quality assurance
  11. 11. Next step in Asia and the Pacific – linking CRVS with ID systems Legal identity begins at birth, with biographic information collected through the civil registration system Facilitate access to services and enforcements of rights Death information collected through civil registration is also crucial for a functioning national ID system CRVS+ (registration & statistics +ID)
  12. 12. Next steps Continue to foster partnerships, knowledge sharing and high level commitment Regional Steering Group will request a Ministerial Conference on CRVS in 2020 to ‒ review and accelerate progress ‒ Strengthen linkages between ID and CRVS ‒ Ensure ongoing commitment and momentum Further work to support countries with producing vital statistics
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