CRVS systems play a key role in monitoring and facilitating progress towards the SDGs. As the best source of continuous and up to date information on birth, death, health and population statistics, CRVS is needed to measure a wide range of population-based SDG targets. Legal documentation provided by civil registration systems helps to reduce trafficking, statelessness, sexual exploitation and child marriage. Improving CRVS is also an SDG objective in its own right and is covered by Goals 16.9 and 17.19.
Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Decade in Asia and the Pacific -The situation at the beginning of the CRVS Decade
Do you want to know how many countries in Asia and the Pacific have a CRVS coordination mechanism? Are you interested in how ambitious the national targets are for the CRVS Decade? Do you know when countries in Asia and the Pacific aim to be able to produce annual vital statistics reports?
From 6-9 October 2020, Ministers from around Asia and the Pacific will convene again in Bangkok, Thailand to mark the midpoint of the CRVS Decade (2015-2024). The objectives of the Conference include celebrating achievements during the first half of the CRVS Decade, promote CRVS as the foundation for legal identity, and emphasize the important role CRVS plays in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
At the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific, member States agreed to several implementation steps as part of the Regional Action Framework. A list of national CRVS focal points with contact details and affiliation can be accessed here.
As part of the reporting structure of the Regional Action Framework on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in Asia and the Pacific, by the end of 2015, members and associate members are required to submit a baseline report to the ESCAP Secretariat through their designated national focal point.
39 countries have submitted their reports so far. Examples of reports are available here.